The good, the not-so-good, and the possibilities for tomorrow

Friday, September 18

After a morning of playing around camp, the crew and I ride the Perfect Tow Vehicle down the mountain into town.  Salina is hopping this afternoon with trucks hauling horse trailers to Blackhawk Arena for a rodeo.

Our first stop is the post office.

The postal clerk hands me the mailer from my forwarding service, Americas Mailbox.  Inside I find the usual, unnecessary paper about nothing I need to know from my insurance provider and an envelope from the Department of Motor Vehicles in South Dakota.  Yay!  I put the registration renewal sticker on the PTV before leaving the post office parking lot.

Our next errand is picking up packages at the UPS customer center.

It’s way too early for that.  The center doesn’t open until 4:30.

“Let’s go see Maple Grove Campground.”

The crew and I have camped outside the campground a couple of times, in late spring and in fall.  Route 50 from Salina to Maple Grove is very scenic.  We cross Round Valley on a road that slices through a very large ranch.

Longtime readers may remember the ranch’s roundup.

Daddyscowgirl“Daddy’s Little Cowgirl” from “Life in a Utah Valley,” May 2014

On the way across the ranch I have to stop the PTV to admire these youngsters.  I know, I know, more horse photos.  I’ll quit.  I promise!  You must admit — These are a pair of beauties.

P1070364The fields are parched.  The lush green of spring is gone.  The mountains of the Pavant Range show little autumn color.

By the time we reach a former campsite next to Ivey Creek, it’s apparent the beauty I marveled about previously has faded.  Lots of wear from people and cattle.  The grass around the campsite is worn or gone; cow pies are plentiful.

Well, it is the end of summer . . . and the fall color hasn’t appeared yet.

Here’s what Maple Grove looked like last fall.

MapleGroveAutumnSite“Autumn Campsite” from “Photo Essay: Maple Grove Campground in Full Color,” October 2014

I park the PTV in the spot where we camped.

Reggie and Bridget hop out, happy for the chance to explore.  We walk along Ivey Creek.

P1070359Bridget and Reggie sniff around.  I watch the water cascading over rocks while bittersweet memories cascade over me.

SpikewithButterfly“Spike with Butterfly” from “Good, Clean Fun with the Crew!” — June 2013

I try to shake off sad feelings.  Then Reggie walks into the mud and comes out wearing “boots.”  Oh, gosh. That does it.  I’ve had enough.  We’re outta’ here.

I walk the crew back to the PTV.  

We ride up to the campground and I fill a few water jugs.  We return to Salina.

Gee, I’m hungry.  I haven’t had lunch.

We eat like we mean it at Carl’s Jr.  A turkey burger for me and a hamburger patty for the crew to share.  Nothing quite like fast food to lift one’s spirits!

It’s 4:25!

The crew and I motor over to UPS and I pick up the packages.  Before leaving the parking lot, I open up the boxes and check that everything I ordered is inside.

“Oh, Reggie!  Your new vest is perfect!  I love the color!”

Saturday, September 19

We wake to a cold morning.  There’s no canceling morning potty run.

“Well, Reggie, my man.  This is a good time to try out your new vest.”

Out we go! 

Brrrr!  Bridget doesn’t seem to care about the cold.  There are advantages to being — how shall I say it —  to being a bit . . . plump.

P1070367This photo doesn’t show off how nice Reggie’s vest is.  It’s the morning light.

Notice how weird the grass looks?  That’s frost!  (Our camp is over 8,500 feet in altitude.)

Reggie has a less-than-happy morning. 

Someone is shooting a gun and the sound, although distant, terrifies him.  I pick him up and hold him close while sitting in the lounger.  I wrap the throw around him and talk reassuringly.   He continues to tremble and look about with a frightened face.  Maybe we should go inside . . . .   Reggie hides under the covers until long after the shooting stops.  Poor guy.

It’s a joy this afternoon to see him play outside, back to normal.

The pink piggy receives his daily punishment.  I notice Reggie’s tail is curled upward again.

I spend the day tidying and cleaning the interior of the Best Little Trailer, as well as studying my new Utah Benchmark atlas.  I find a few possibilities for boondocks.

Tomorrow morning we move camp!



P1070368“What did you do wrong?  Well, for starters, you’re pink.”


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126 Responses to The good, the not-so-good, and the possibilities for tomorrow

  1. John K - On the road...Airstreaming! says:

    Yep, Maple Grove did not look like that!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yeah, the area looks kind of tired, and the campground is overgrown with tall grass. End of the season… I hope spring revives it.


  2. I’m glad Reggie made a come-back from his fear.

    That frosty morning is a harbinger. The gradual relocations of nomads are under way. In the meantime, keep warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right, Calvin, in general. The weather widget presently shows Salina’s temps going up to 89 in a few days. We’ll keep warm…

  3. Lois (AZ) says:


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good for you, Lois! 🙂

    • Lois (AZ) says:

      Well…that’s the closest I have gotten to being big deal but always worth the try! Good luck moving camp…too bad Reg got scared of the gunfire but relieved he forgot already. Am sure your being so wonderful with him helps. Happy trails to you three!

  4. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    #3…whoo-Hoo! 🙂

  5. Lady Piper n' me says:

    The sweater looks good on Reggie,,, the shooting that Reggie hears is probably Hunters and I don’t blame him for being scared,, ,,,,,,,,,, Frost,, Huh,, Fall starts the 23rd. of this month,( Sept.),,, there is a chill in our wind here near Mingus Mountain Rec area,,,,,,,,, Have a great day when finding a new spot,,,,,,, love to you and the crew,,,,,,,,,,, L.P. n’ me

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty and Lady Piper,

      Mingus Mountain… That’s between Phoenix and Flagstaff. I hope you like your camp there.

      I think the guy with the gun was practicing. Archery season is open and I think guns will be allowed soon. I’ll have to be sure to camp where Reggie won’t hear them, if that’s possible.

      You have a great tomorrow, too!

      • Velda in Roseville CA says:

        Makes you wonder what is in Reggie boys past that leads to his fear of that noise, doesn’t it?! Poor guy. We had fireworks,at the nearby high school,Friday night and I was more startled by it than the cats! Yes I said fireworks in California when it’s dry. They do it each year for homecoming with the fire department permit and supervision but we still think its stupid in a drought!!

  6. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Poor little dog, who knows what lurks in his past to bring such fright. But you had the perfect solution, cuddles, comfort and bed!

    The end of,the season of summer does seem like all things get a bit tattered, I think that is why the good lord gave us beautiful fall colors, to remind us that the beauty is still there. I can imagine an old lady with a worn coat and run over heels headed to the local flower shop for a little pick me up!

    You always seem so resilient, being reminded of sad things but moving forward….I think of all the joy Spike gave us blogorinos, we loved his soaks as much as he did!

    Glad you got your new license tags, Mark that off your list for another year, yippie!

    I am prepping for a bit of time away from home and,trying to emulate your good example.and keep my good cheer in place. My grand daughter must go into the hospital for three months to begin treatment for scoliosis, in Portland Shriners hospital. So..grandma is going to Klamath Falls to be chief cook and bottle washer for the grandsons and son while daughter in law is with grand daughter in the hospital. I am totally understanding the reality of figuring out what is going with me and what is staying home.
    I had thought to keep,this to myself, but find myself needing to talk about it…sigh.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Lee,

      Keeping you and your family in my prayers. The Shriners hospital is one of the best places that your granddaughter can be for treatment. I have seen the good of their mission first hand….they are wonderful. I had a friend in high school who was born with multiple spine and skeletal problems. He spent lots of time in Shriners hospitals. Going to visit him one summer while he was in Chicago’s Shriners hospital was very special. Over several months, I grew quite attached to many of the little ones there. Yes, I was there to visit my friend, but spent lots of time visiting, reading books, rocking babies, and playing with children whose families were not able to be with them. I remember there was a little boy named Toby from TN. He was there for surgery to correct his club hand. He was maybe 6 years old….loved to show me his “new” hand…he used to call me his girlfriend! What a hoot! Being so young, he was into older women already! I was 16… It is a blessing that you are willing and able to help your daughter and SIL, so they can spend time with your granddaughter. Sending you a hug!

    • Reine in Plano says:

      Lee, our prayers are with your granddaughter that the surgery will correct the problem and that she will have maximum results with minimum pain. I know how much it pains us when our kids or grand kids are hurting. They are so blessed to have you come to keep things going. Don’t stress too much about what to take with you. As we’ve camped in our Casita we’ve been amazed at how much we can do without.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lee J.,

      I’m honored that you feel relaxed enough here to share this time of concern in your family. You can count on your granddaughter being lifted up in prayers. by many who read your comment.

      It is a good that you will be helping your family. I’m glad that you will be busy which will help you through the coming weeks. Nothing worse than sitting around worrying!

      Thank you for your sweet messages for me. Best wishes to you as you get ready for your stay in Klamath Falls. Feel free to share any time!

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m sure your granddaughter will get good care at Shriners, and you will give good care to the boys. Hope you have a great time.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Wow, thoughts and prayers, for your entire family!

    • MB says:

      Here’s hoping that all goes well for the little sweetie. I know those hospitals have a wonderful reputation for their care….physical and emotional. What a load off your daughter-in-law’s mind….to know her boys are being well cared for while she is away. And I know your son is relieved to know that they are in loving, capable hands while she is gone. It’s so difficult being the “support team” at a time like this but to the folks you are supporting, your presence is priceless! Hang in there! MB from VA (for now)

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Lee: what a blessing you are to your son and his family. It’s wonderful that you can give them this gift of time and love. I’m sure many of us here will be praying for your grandaughter.

    • weather says:

      Lee I hope among the things you decide to take with you are ones you can draw personal comfort from.Three months of giving while away from your own familiar home is a lot to take on,God bless you for being willing to do that.I’d take the jammies I feel most comfortable in,my favorite pillow case and Book I read from daily,whatever works for you may make the time easier.So might staying in touch with Sue and this blog’s community.I’ll be praying the best for you and your family.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      It is exhausting to take on what you are…but somehow GOD can sustain you anyway…we did more to help out with our daughter and family than we ever thought we could!! I hope there will be some unexpected blessings for you during this time and surely you will be a comfort to your son and the grandsons!! As well as the others, knowing you are there to help. Will pray all will go well with the granddaughter…so difficult watching other suffer!! Wishing you all the best, Lee.

  7. Annie in Oregon says:

    Don’t stop those great pictures. I love them and enjoy them so much. You really capture the spirit of the horses…pets to the crew. Poor Reggie….glad he recovered!!!! Looking forward to seeing the photo essay from last year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Annie,

      I appreciate the encouragement on my photos… I hope you enjoy the pics from last year!

  8. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I’m am glad that your trip to town was successful, receiving the registration and Amazon packages. You are legal now! 🙂

    It is sad that the Maple Grove campground from last year is so run down. Maybe all the cow pies will deter folks so the grasses can recover. Spike and his antics….love him, miss him….*sigh*

    Poor little Reggie, so terrified of gunshot. When he gets so frightened I think it gives us an idea of what his previous life was like. His new coat looks handsome and warm!

    Too many pictures of horses? Never!! It makes me smile to see them out in the open, soaking up sunshine, looking so healthy and happy! I have only seen horses in the zoo, at fairs, Busch Gardens Amusement parks, or occasionally, mounted police in Richmond or Washington, DC. When you share pictures of wild horses, that is a real treat! 🙂

    Hope you and the Crew have a good evening! Sending you all hugs and kisses on the head for Miss Bridget and the Reginator from me and Gracie pup! We are watching PBS…British comedies are up next in tonight’s lineup. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise and Gracie Pup,

      You love those British comedies! 🙂

      Yeah, I wonder about Reggie, if a gunshot caused him to panic and run and that’s how he became lost. It will always be a mystery.

      As for the campground, a good mowing would work wonders and then if the leaves would return to their former glory….

      Enjoy your shows and have a good evening!

  9. Karen LeMoine says:

    Bring on the golden colors of Fall!! My littles are terrified of fireworks, sirens and thunder! Supposedly Thunder shirts help. Glad Reggie is doing better. Safe journey to the next camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      Yes, I have heard that the thunder shirts work very well. It seems the littler the dog, the more panicky over loud sounds. Reggie was trembling. I felt so sorry for him.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Does anyone know if those calming collars work? I was wondering if the collar would help Angel. Since was attacked, she has little use for other dogs in the neighborhood and causes quite a ruckus when she sees one of them out, even if they are on a leash.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Yes they do.

          We have had great results with NurturCalm 24/7 pheromone collars.

          AO gets carsick so we use Adaptil spray on a bandana.

  10. Wow, Maple Grove was stupendous!! And Reggie looks great in green. Still envious of your travels, though I’m really having a ball here in the Upper Peninsula of Mich. This summer has been a small tryout of what I’ll be doing in AZ this winter, I guess. I am loving the nomadic life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Janis,

      There’s a big difference in the campground in the span of a year. Once again we’re reminded of the importance of timing. I may report a gorgeous boondock and then when someone else goes there it could be very different. That’s why it’s best to learn how to find boondocks, rather than relying on ones I post about.

      I’m glad you’re having a great time in Michigan. And I’m even more glad you are loving vagabond living. You are going to have a fantastic winter in Arizona!

      • John K - On the road...Airstreaming! says:

        We still thought it was very nice and would have stayed longer if it hadn’t been so cold. We still have thin blood from 20 years on the Gulf coast.

    • Pamelab in Houston says:

      Hi, Janis P Not in Ecuador –
      I love the UP of Michigan! Drove through from Mackinac City to Lake Superior and thought how nice it would be to make a trip all the way around that lake. I lived in Grand Rapids for many years.
      Enjoy your time there and in AZ this winter.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      I clicked over to your blog yesterday and so enjoyed reading it! I used to “stomp” around the UP, so that was an added bonus.

      “See you” in AZ this winter. It will be a perfect contrast to the UP.

  11. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The wait is over! I think we all did this together last year!

    The sweater is cute…looks very comfy and warm. Ah hah I spy a young buckskin!

    Memories of Spike is his way of letting you know he is around…..that’s a good thing!

    Stay warm….it’s pouring rain here! Thanks for letting us into your life.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cinandjules. Thank you for the kind words about the Spikester.

      I don’t understand your first line. What have we been waiting for? For the license plate stickers?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Your registration tabs!

        Spikester our muddy buddy! 🙂

        That lil Reg man ….what a love. Glad his tail went back up. The way you described comforting him was sweet.

  12. Dawn in MI says:

    Awwww…Spike. I think of you often.

    Glad your stuff all arrived and you can move on to a new spot. Though this one was awfully pretty.

    Poor little Reggie must have bad associations to the sound of guns. He’s glad he’s got you now though I’m sure.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Reggie doesn’t like loud noises at all. He jumps straight up in the air at an unexpected sound. This trembling today is the worst reaction I’ve seen from him.

      Yes, tomorrow we move! It’s always exciting to get back on the road and to hunt for the next camp.

      • Lisa and Olive says:

        I’m a wanna be planning on lMarch as my getaway. Because nobody knows me, I thought a teeny intro would suffice. Love your blog, I’m currently only following 2. But I’m so new to this that I’m not sure of how to even find folks with similar interests, OR, who can assist me with all those “things”
        P.O.P. (point of post) – your dear Reggie probably has absolutely no bad memories of or regarding gossip girls. I’m across from the airport. No!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Lisa and Olive,

          Welcome! I’m glad you found us!

          Here’s a site where you will find many choices of RV blogs:

          “gossip girls?”

          Always feel free to ask questions here…

  13. Toni says:

    There can never be enough of horse pictures!!

  14. weather says:

    The end of summer in a lot of places is tough on the land and what grows there.Scenes in front of us reminiscent of others that bring sad feelings as we remember are tough on the heart.Loud frightening noises when heard by some some dogs are tough on their nerves.What grace that there’s always the next season,scene or afternoon to look forward to-where beauty and joy can be found.Beautiful photos and narrative to demonstrate that, Sue.I’m sorry your seeing,feeling it and going through was the soil you drew richness to share with us from. You are a great example of letting all of life feed your art and what you give to the world.

    Tomorrow I hope you have an especially easy and fun time discovering a new camp.I have so enjoyed this one ,and your being able to post about and be on here often.Hope you three sleep and rest well this evening,blessings until next time.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, weather. We need the lows to appreciate the highs, the losses to appreciate the gifts, right?

      It has been nice being connected with you and all the blogorinos. Sleep well.

      • weather says:

        Appreciation does make losses and lows recede and the gifts especially lovely to receive 🙂 I’d been thinking about how sweet seeing the cat family I mentioned last post had felt.The kittens I thought mama cat had moved were here when I looked this morning!They are just very shy and were peeking out from a spot I hadn’t looked closely at.So-0 cute!!! I imagine that you are excited about finding your new campsite…

  15. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Fall must be coming. It snowed 2 nights ago in the Rocky Mountain National Park. Getting close to time to head a little south. Maybe find a spot close to Bryce, perhaps Kodachrome Basin. 🙂

  16. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hi Ms. Sue, love, love, love the cowboy pic, going to make it my computer background! We started getting rid of something’s today, our first sale and can’t wait to move ahead as fast as possible! The pic of Spike is bittersweet, like when we lost our little fiest, Booger. It left such and empty space in our lives. We have a 3 month old Chiweenie now, he is getting ready to rv with us and he already reminds me of Reggie! Always in the thick of things and shivers when almost anything makes a noise! Good luck on finding your new camp and as always have safe travels……until the next post, take care!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      I also love that cowboy with daughter photo. I didn’t realize she was on the horse when I took the photo because they were far away. A delightful surprise!

      Your baby is only 3 mos. old? I bet he is adorable! He’s born to RV… 🙂

      Good luck to you, too!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        And don’t forget that if you look REALLY close the little girl is cuddling a tiny kitten and all of them are wrapped in Dads strong arms. Just love that shot, thanks for sharing it again.

  17. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew – Never too many horse pictures. I agree. I hope you all find a lovely spot that hasn’t been too worn down. I think of you as a pioneer woman, out there. Best wishes for you three. Thank you :0)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab,

      That’s very honorable company — pioneer women. Thank you for the compliment and for the wish that we find a lovely, fresh boondock.

      Enjoy the day!

  18. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hi Sue…
    Gosh I feel for the Reg-master… bless his heart. Gunfire pulls my PTSD into overdrive.
    I am so glad your registration and stuff came! I remember last year I think you were sweatin’ it.
    Recently some real lows have hit me. REAL big lows. Thank you for the reminder that it will pass. Doesn’t go away, but appreciate the good times… I needed to hear that right now. Thank you.

    Stay toasty!

    Hugs from Hoquiam,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear, sweet, Barb,

      I read your reply below where you explain the lows are due to “communications and overly-used.” I’m not surprised. Good and kind people, who go out of their way to be supportive of others with their problems, i.e. the brain injury support group, are in danger of being worn down and, though not intended, abused. The abuse of their energies and time….

      It’s easy for someone like me to say “Just say no” and turn your back on those who come to you for assistance. It’s not so easy to do, especially when people really do need help and no one else wants to step up to the plate. Been there!

      I do hope you will find a way to protect yourself and to restore your inner strength, and whatever big lows have entered your life, that they pass on soon. Yes, they will pass….

      Sending you love and hugs and best wishes for a new day…

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Thanks Sue.
        Actually right now family is weighing on me heavily. But what you and what Desert Ginger said are all truth. I so appreciate this spot to get away to… thank you.

        As always,
        Hugs! From a drippy Hoquiam,

  19. DesertGinger says:

    I went through some low lows, a week or so ago, for several days. Hardly got out of bed. Thankfully that passed. I guess we all have those moments, or most of us. Mine are usually around communications, as in trying to communicate with someone and they react to something they think I mean, or they think I have a tone, or whatever…and I was completely and totally unaware, have no idea I have a tone, am thinking nothing about the other person at all, and suddenly they are angry. I find that really upsetting and get really down about it. But you have to move on. I always apologize but sometimes I think ‘geez that person is sensitive’. This is probably my main reason for preferring to spend a lot of time alone. No one around to misunderstand me.

    I love that cowboy picture too. I bet that little girl is having the time of her life. Lucky girl.

    • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

      Yep, DesertGinger I am about ready to bounce ship… communication and being overly-used as a person… Oh well…this too will pass I am sure. And alone is good. I totally communicate so WELL with myself! 😛

      Hugs from Hoquiam!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thinking of you, Barb…sending my thoughts and prayers…tis not easy with kin sometimes…they can be SO difficult…hope you know you have company!! Probably more than you know…seems to be one of the plagues of our day. Never occurred to me years ago when we had kids, that today would be as it is. (I adored my darling mom…what happened??) But we truck on…doing the best we can. We can only give all we have and no more!! HUGS!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      What I wrote to Barb (above), I send to you also.

      I relate to what you’re saying about people misunderstanding your “tone or whatever” and becoming angry at you, much to your befuddlement. I think I may know why that happens (forgive me if I’m presumptuous here).

      There are people who are surrounded by “nice” people. Those “nice” people never say anything directly or plainly. They coat their words with sugar all the time and never speak a truth that isn’t hidden in so much sweetness that the message is lost.

      You, on the other hand, and I (more in person than on this blog) will say what needs to be said, what a person needs to hear, and also what we honestly think. This strikes folks who are used to everything being sugar-coated as too abrupt, too harsh, even unkind. Nonsense!

      I admire the way you’ve stated things on this blog. You have the ability of cutting through the crap to uncover the plain truth. It’s a gift. Don’t let the fact that others perceive your words as carrying more than plain honesty get you down. You will continue to be misunderstood at times.

      One thing that took me a long time to learn is this: I am who I am. Who I am is not bad. If other people find the real me offensive or if I don’t meet their expectations, well, so be it. I’m not dancing around other people’s needs and emotions any more!

      Yeah, the little girl with her daddy is sweet… Can’t help but sigh…

      I’m glad you’re on the upswing now, Ginger. Your accomplishments are amazing!

      • DesertGinger says:

        Wow Sue…this is so very kind of you, and yes, I suspect your analysis is spot on, at least much of the time. I do have a reputation of being pretty blunt, although I don’t think of it as blunt, I think of it as honest. I have found that many people don’t like that. I don’t even know how to be different, even if I wanted to. I (mostly) always have good intentions, and once in a great while I’m mad and being mean. Ah well,no one’s perfect!

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          I can also relate to bluntness. I really hate “pussyfooting around,” Just say it plain & simple and folks can either get over it or not. Sometimes I misinterpret comments and apologize if I think is was directed at me, but then I am over it. I don’t usually stay angry. Life moves on and so do I.
          Hope things always “Look Up” for you.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            I call it as I see it….sometimes without a filter!

            Can’t fault anyone for being true! If someone gets offended by something that may or may not be expressed or implied…the problem isn’t yours!

            Keep your head up!

            • Calvin R says:

              I’ll chime in on this one. I have a learning disorder, not in language or anything verbal, but on the other side that’s supposed to process all that implied and nonverbal stuff. I literally cannot use or understand all of that implied information. I do not share many things that people assume “everybody knows” either, due to my background not being middle class or local to where-ever we are. I end up asking people, “What are you talking about?” Many do not take that well. I’ve learned to add courtesy and caution to what I say, but everybody knows what I mean. Bottom line: I have a degree in communication, but I have the same issue.

            • DesertGinger says:

              Thank you all for your stories and kind support.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Ginger and Barb,
              Let me tell you both about my own story. Maybe it will help or maybe you may see some of yourself in what I say… You see what made me excel in my work was the love of facts, data gathering, analyzing others and taking in all those factors. It is also the very thing that can drive people around me mad because I am often misunderstood as stark, aloof, harsh or difficult. I work around it but it always a concern I have as I try to over come it. I think many people misunderstand a *focused* person to be all those things you and Barb talked about. Neither of you two seem harsh to me, just *focused* on the truth of things. There really is a difference between the two but few people stop judging long enough to see that difference. I hope what I said makes sense, it is rather hard to put in words sometimes.

  20. Hi, Sue! Poor little Reggie dude! So big and brave until those noises come! I hate when our little ones get frightened like that perhaps because it reminds me of the vulnerability we all feel at different times. I’d want so much to make it better but there’s often nothing we can do. I had a greyhound who was terribly thunder phobic. He panted, paced and soaked the floor with his sweaty (?) paws. He was terrified and there was nothing I could do. Over time it got better but never all that good.

    I agree that the horse photos are great and you should feel free to share as many as possible with your adoring public! Love Reggie’s new sweater! He’s stylin’. I just got Picasso a new fleece jacket in hot pink! Wasn’t exactly the color I expected for my little boy dog but, oh well! He doesn’t care since it keeps him warm!

  21. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Don’t worry about all the horse photos…….the more the better and those from your last post were stunning. Going out this afternoon to see my boy armed with carrots! Awrrr………memories of Spike………so sweet. Then you look at the Reggie in his new vest and the lovely Bridget ………..making so many more lovely memories.

  22. Robin from California says:

    Today I was in Taylors Falls, Minnesota, at a small outdoor hamburger place. It was packed and a man offered to share his table. We got to talking and he mentioned how much he likes Amazon. He brought up this blog he reads and how the blogger gets a little referral fee when people connect to Amazon from her blog. Yep, he was talking about RV Sue! It was fun to find a stranger who enjoys reading your blog as much as I do. He shared his coupon with me, too, for a discount on lunch. Small world and nice people.

  23. CherylL5156 says:

    Hi, Sue,
    I fully empathize with you going through Reggie’s phobias. I’ve got an all black Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, probably ’bout a year older than Reg. His name’s Joe. I will not bore you with my attempt at putting a pic of him in here. We live in the Thumb area of Michigan and it’s the time our hunters here are getting their guns and rifles ‘scoped-in’. So, (ugh, I’m trying my best to get away from saying, “So!” It seems like that’s all people start off every sentence with lately. Just a little “pet peeve” my hubby and I have been noticing of late in people’s art of speech. Step back and observe once in a while, and you’ll see what I mean.) So….rry for getting off on that little tangent. Back to what I was saying, our little Joey starts shakin’ and tremblin’ when guns go off or thunder cracks…even just a bunch of wind and rain will start him off. We just take him up and hold on tight. Kind of like swaddling a babe who’s screaming his/her head off. Usually after about 10 minutes of cuddling will settle him and he’s off to dreamland! Kicking out his hind legs like he’s dreaming of chasing squirrels or bunnies. What would we do w/o our K-9’s & feline’s? Don’t get me wrong…my husband is my best friend, but my furry guys are my babies! This’s where I’m gonna quit. Just letting you know you’re not alone with trying to calm down our fur-friends!! Take care and Happy Trails where ever you all end up in the next few days. Peace…out.

    • Joy Sutton says:

      Bore me please with all the details. I made a Picassa site and am still struggling to to move pics up. Seems to time out or something. Little wheel turns and turn and so far only one up to site. Some others went somewhere to google and I saw them once. Loaded free first and then the next one or so up. Not expensive think $3 approx and still no go. What am I missing.

      So much knowledge on this blog but my slow brain doesn’t seem to absorb correctly.

  24. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Just a quick reminder/warning for all. We all use so many electronic gadgets these days. Tonight I had plugged my phone in and was doing a last recheck of email when I began to smell a acrid warm smell. Looked down and the end of the cord just below where it goes into the phone was glowing!!! I snatched it out of the phone and fortunately avoided burning myself. Called hubby and we got the charge station off and cord extracted and the USB end was hot too!! Cord had shorted just below connector. So, reminder. There was a tiny bulge in this one, which I really did not think a problem and that is where it shorted. Keep an eye on those charge cords and replace if even suspect. Better safe than sorry. This could have been terrible had I not been right here when it happened.

  25. Eileen says:

    You don’t need to quit the horse pictures on my account, Sue. I think they are magnificent animals, and I like all the pics.

  26. Applegirl NY says:

    I love all the horse pictures. They add so much personality to the blog. I love all the animal pics, and it was nice seeing Spike remembered, too.

    Went to an apple and wine fest, here in upstate NY yesterday. A glorious day to be out and about. Family coming over this afternoon for a turkey dinner, celebrating a couple of birthdays. I love the fall!

    Happy trails today, Sue, as you find your new boondock.

  27. MB says:

    How can a picture bring both a tear and a smile? I think you know the one to which I refer. 😉 Thanks for the memory. Have a great day! MB from VA (for now)

  28. Pam and Maya says:

    Love the photo of Spike! He is still part of the crew, watching out for the rest of you. Maya hates gunshots too – she goes into s barking frenzy and can’t seem to stop, I have to hold her. Keep those horse pics coming!

  29. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Hey Reggie Man,
    I’m so sorry that you had to deal with the scary bang-bang people. I react the same way when it’s yahoo’s with firecracker season around here. But you don’t even have a bed to hide underneath! Good thing your Mom was there to comfort and love you up. She’s a good one, but you knew that.

    We just got back from spending a week at a place called Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. You would LOVE it there. They have these giant sand dunes that were just made for running up and down and more chipmunks than you can shake a stick at. Dad kept correcting Mom and calling them ground squirrels cuz he hangs out with a bunch of smarty pants on his computer. But who cares, I just call em’ little fuzzy things that need chasin’. It was great fun.

    Nice move puttin’ your boots on just as your Mom was getting a bit wistful thinking of Spike. Great way to let her know how much you love her.

    Hope your new home is wonderful. Lots of love to your sis and Mom.
    Your friend, Dexter

  30. rvsueandcrew says:

    Dear Blogorinos,

    I can’t convey how much I’d like to respond to every comment this morning. Each and every one of you place your special touch on my blog. You give me much more than I give you. Thank you.

    Today is moving day and our destination is uncertain. For some strange reason the crew and I slept late even though we went to be early! Must be the chill in the air…

    Anyway… If I don’t stop reading and writing comments, our travel day will run too late. Time to pack up, hitch up and giddyup!

    I hope to have internet at our new camp, allowing me to talk to y’all later.

    Have a blessed day!


  31. Kris Pedersen says:

    Sue, can you tell me exactly “what” you look for on the benchmark atlas that tells you it would be a good spot to boondock? Thx

    • edlfrey says:

      I know Sue is busy moving so I’ll try and help her by answering your question using her posting of “What makes a good boondock”Posted on September 9, 2015 by rvsueandcrew.

      In addition to that posting she replied to a question from Bess “…how do you find these great sites?”
      rvsueandcrew says:
      September 12, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Hi, Bess,

      The terms “boondocking” and “dispersed camping” mean different things to different people. I’ll explain how I use those terms.

      Boondocking is camping on public land for free, in places away from groups of people. This could be on Bureau of Land Management land, in the national forests, at wildlife refuges, etc. You are on your own with no amenities at all. There are rules regarding this type of camping which are determined by the agencies involved. A typical rule is no camping beyond a certain distance from a forest road, for example. These boondocks are a clear place with a fire ring. The fire ring marks the spot as an established campsite. Boondocking on public lands is restricted to established campsites only. You can stay in a boondock from 10-16 days, depending upon the district. I believe there are a few places where you can stay as long as 21 days. It is up to the boondocker to learn the rules.

      How do I find these great sites? I use several strategies which, if you read my blog from the beginning, you will learn as you go through the boondocks we have found during the past, nearly four years. It’s very difficult to explain here but this will touch on my basic strategies.

      1) I study the Benchmark atlas for the state I’m in. I find where the public lands are, where there are campgrounds (BLM, NF, etc.), what types of roads go to the elevation I’m seeking, where water features there are such as creeks or reservoirs, distance from supplies, and much more. I use the names on the map to analyze an area I haven’t been in before…. Names like “Dry Gulch,” “Maple Grove,” “Dirty Rock Canyon,” “Aspen Glen,” “Rocky Ridge,” and such reveal a lot.

      2) After studying the Benchmark and finding a road that “looks” good for boondocking, I may try to learn more by online research such as “camping near McGulley’s Meadow” or “boondocking Dixie National Forest.” Sometimes this will bring up a blog or website where I can read other boondocker’s opinions of a place and see their photos. I don’t use the typical boondocking websites that many use because they tend to be over-used and aren’t necessarily pretty places because that’s where most people look. However, it’s a good way to start if one is new to boondocking. I’m talking about and others that come up with a search of the same phrase.

      3) I have found nice camping areas by asking the locals. This isn’t my primary strategy because one has to be in the location to ask locals, which, of course, doesn’t work if you’re covering distances. It’s a great strategy if you are already in a campground and want to move to a boondock. Talking with other boondockers often provides good leads on places to camp.

      4) Another strategy — Look! If a mountainside is covered in juniper and sage and that’s not what I want, I look elsewhere. I go up roads into the kind of area and elevation I’m interested in and then drive or walk up the little spur roads that branch off. Road signs help. If I’m going up the side of a mountain and I see a sign like “Sheep Creek Road” or “Nellie’s Pond,” I’m intrigued and check it out.

      5) I also look to avoid areas like mining operations, OHV play areas, touristy places, open areas with no cover (too exposed), etc. As a popular blogger who requires solitude, I am now avoiding areas near population centers or places with a high concentration of RVers.

      After a while a lot of the search becomes intuitive. The other term, “dispersed camping,” means to me camping without amenities but not away from people. This could be primitive camping right next to a campground, an overflow camping area at a popular tourist attraction, a LTVA (do a search), or other place where RVers gather for free or inexpensive camping.
      I hope that helps!

  32. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    I knew before I scrolled down there would be a photo of Spike, and still, it made me cry. It’s wonderful that you have so many good photos of him archived. I have all my vacation/family/animals current and “passed” photos in a rotation on my computer screensaver and everyday it seems one or two pop up that bring a tear to my eye, but also a smile of remembrance. It always help me remember to slow down and enjoy the moment with the ones who are here with me now.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I loved seeing Spike soaking in the water. He was such a great dog and I know you miss him, but I’m sure Reggie’s antics provide enough entertainment to keep you distracted.
    Can’t wait to hear where you end up this time.

    This morning’s walk to the lake was beautiful, sun shining, cool breeze, temp at 63 degrees. The mockingbirds were playing chase with each other, having a big time. One of them decided to play with Angel. It would swoop down toward her and she would leap after it. The silly bird did this 3 times and Angel jumped after it all three times. Guess the last time was too close so the bird flew off. It was pretty funny.
    I like Reggie’s new sweater. Think I will get one for Angel in pink, to match the rest of her pink stuff. (bed, trim and flowers on her collar & leash and the solid harness) All of the neighbors thinks she looks cute in her pink.

  34. Gail says:

    This post really hit home with me….I cried with you all when you lost Spike and I empathized with the Reggie man over the gunshots. Just this Friday in the middle of the night we lost our beautiful Duchess, a rescue we have been traveling with for over 5 years. We miss her so much and it was very sudden and I am feeling so guilty that maybe I could have done something to help her. I just keep thinking I held her many nights during thunder(which she hated) and gunshots in the distance. I just feel I was not able to more quickly help her in this instance. Everyone give your pets a hug.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I’m so sorry for your loss Gail. It sounds like you gave your precious Duchess 5 wonderful years that she might not have had otherwise.
      Remember we miss them not because they are gone but because we were so blessed to have been able to share with them what time we had.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      So sorry to here of your loss of Duchess. I’m sure she was wonderful company.
      You can be sure she had 5 wonderful years with you that she may not have had otherwise. Take care, we are thinking of you.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      So sorry you lost your dear companion. It is always sad when they leave us, leave such a hole. Your grief honours her.

    • weather says:

      Gail may you be blessed as your heart heals with knowing you loved your Duchess during every breath she took in the years you had together and you still do.No creature could ask for a better gift than what you gave her.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So sorry Gail…there is probably no good way to loose a pet, or someone we love for that matter…our last wonderful dog suffered SO much…and being she was really my daughter’s…we let her make the choice as to when…well, it finally got to where there was no other choice to be made…but I had so wished she could have gone peacefully in her sleep…I hope you can heal and know that many of us here know what you are going through now…HUGS!!

    • Sidewinder Pen says:


      So sorry to hear about your beloved pup. It’s so hard when you wonder if you could have done more (I felt the same way). But I bet you loved her so much and gave her a wonderful (rescued) life. I’m sure she knew it.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      So sorry for your sudden loss, Gail. Your precious Duchess was lucky to have you for her loving and protective Mom. Sending you a hug.

      • Gail in Arizona says:

        Thank you to everyone who comforted me after our loss of our precious Duchess. It means so much

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi Gail,

          I’ve been out of touch with the blog the past few days. I’m sorry to read that your Dutchess has moved on and that you are going through the suffering that comes from separation from one you love dearly. You have my sincerest sympathy.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Gail: I’m so sorry you lost your dog unexpectedly. There is never a right time to say good-bye to them. Thank you for rescuing her and giving her five good years. I will keep you in my prayers.

    • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

      Oh Gail I am so so sorry!

  35. Gail says:

    Forgot to add we are in Arizona now

  36. Suzette (TN) says:

    Can’t wait to see where you “land” next.

    Loved the little remembrance of Spike. As long as we remember them, they’re never truly gone.

  37. Jodee Gravel on the road in Dayville, OR says:

    Never too many horse photos 🙂 Some dogs are just born with a strong reaction to loud, sharp noises without any traumatic incident to trigger it. Still hard to see them tremble and hide 🙁 Glad your registration has arrived at last!! First day of Fall and the Birch trees here are a yummy yellow.

  38. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue, maybe your new camp will be well away from gunshots or loud noices that go bang in the night, or day. With your love and support, he may get better at those scary things…if not, you are always just an arm reach away with love aplenty. Cannot wait to see where we are next, maybe we will be lucky again and have more horses! Blogorinos love horses I would guess. Safe travels. We will be waiting here for whenever you are able to communicate with us.

    Hey Marla, what’s up! I hope you travel to work is now uneventful.

    • Haha! Yep, back on the train again….still took an hour and a half that day, left my house around noon. Not a great use of vacation pay 🙂

      Hope you’re having a great week so far….Hi to Sue and all the Blogorinos, too!

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Marla, good to hear back from you…Well at least you were able to get there, whew..what a mess. Do we dare try again?

  39. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Love the horse pictures too…and you have done so well with the backgrounds and light, etc. Very enjoyable. Hope you have found another nice spot to be for awhile. We are enjoying some very nice days recently…had some good rain days and like today, nice and sunny and cool!!

  40. AZ Jim says:

    You’ve done it again Missy. Your horse pics are the latest to capture my desktop pic. You sometimes have me changing backgrounds like motels change sheets. I hope you and those small critters are doing well. Make sure Reggie doesn’t get to close to those horses when he sees ’em, the kick very hard and he is very small. Find a nice home and come back and tell us about it and your adventures. Hugs from Arizona….

  41. Pamela K. says:

    Yay! Love that the tags came.! I was gettin’ worried about pushin’ that *luck* thing.
    More beautiful horse photos. Almost as fun to see them as it is to see the Crew, almost.
    Memories of dear Spike, that must have been hard. It is normal and sometimes needed to remember and to keep moving forward again. That Reggie, bless his heart, gives you such joy too. I was so sad for Reggie when the gunfire rang out!!! It might have taken him back to his time on the streets of Vegas. I have no doubt that Spike would approve 🙂 Spike may have had a hand in it, the two of you finding each other, who knows?! Really, what were the odds of that?!
    So sad Reggie was terrified when the gunfire rang out!!! It might have taken him back to his time on the streets of Vegas or before that even, we’ll never know, but having you and Bridge made it all better the next day 🙂 🙂 🙂 and Piggy of course!
    Your Autum Campsite…when everyone leaves the earth will begin to heal again, the renewal time for all things to harvest and lay again for Spring.
    Comfort foods are GREAT! I’m always on board for that, lol!
    So Piggy is Pink…so what of it? Piggy needs to tell The Reggie-nator that Kermit The Frog likes pigs, treats them very well and even likes their curly tails! HA!

    Have a swell evening Sue and Crew!

  42. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    “Fat” you say? Bridget fat? I prefer “insulated.”

    • Pamela K. says:

      HRH Bridget, The Princess Royal of Crew, has the form that only a true and mature lady can amass. If is only fitting for such a lady who’s life has been well served and time honored 🙂

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