The moon sets, the sun rises, Reggie steals a kiss

Tuesday, February 23

The crew and I are at Midland Long Term Visitor Area near Blythe in southeastern California.

Good morning!  It’s a double-treat morning!

While the full moon descends in the west beyond colors as soft as a sigh . . .

P1090588-001. . . the sun rises in the east in a hail of trumpets and trombones!

P1090592Well, not really.  Kind of seems that way, doesn’t it?

To those who say the desert is drab and dull, I submit these photos as evidence to the contrary.

My last post is dated Wednesday, February 17th, and now it’s almost a week later!

I don’t remember what the crew and I did on each specific day.   I know we slept a lot.  When Bridget and Reggie took a nap, so did I, and we all know how much dogs sleep. 

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a woman ready for a long nap!  Anyway . . .

Here’s a recap of the past week.

One day the crew and I go to Blythe and do laundry, buy groceries, and fill the water jugs.

P1090593Another day I paint the yellowed Wilson antenna and its PVC pole.

I use a spray can of bright, white paint meant for plastic.  It looks great!  Like new!  You’ll see what I mean in a future post.  I don’t have the antenna up at this camp because the internet signal is strong without it.

I also use the hacksaw I bought at Ace Hardware in Blythe to saw off about four inches of the pole.  By doing this I can place the pole along the interior side of the Perfect Tow Vehicle, rather than diagonally.   (To see the Wilson antenna, pole, and bumper mount, click on Internet Antenna in the header.)

Over the span of a few days, I sort through the stuff I dragged out of the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

I separate the items rarely used or never used.  We drop some of it off at the thrift store in town.  Some goes in a dumpster at Midland LTVA.   While at the dumpsters we meet a nice couple who are camped at Midland and who are familiar with this blog.

Another day I organize the remaining items and repack the PTV.

P1090581

We go to Carl’s, Jr, too!

The photo shows Reggie waiting at the pick-up window.  That’s the face of The One Who Will Not Be Denied!  Good thing there was no delay this time.

If a burger wasn’t forthcoming, you can bet he’d back-kick that doggie bed into the air!

~ ~ ~

Bridget, Reggie, and I walk the desert each morning. 

Before sunset, Reggie and I make our way around the long loop which takes us past our nearest neighbor.  Bridget prefers to stay at camp.

A man’s voice calls us to the window of the Class A.  As we approach I take a photo of the dog that Reggie tried to impress recently by peeing on her campsite.   Not the greatest pick-up line . . .

At the sight of us, she hurries inside.

P1090578The man and I talk through his window.

We discuss The Incident and clear the air.  He’s from northern California and is working on a book.  He brings Sophia to the window, holding her up to the screen.  I pick up Reggie so the two can meet.  Reggie leans toward the window screen and Sophia, curious, brings her face close to the screen on the other side.  Not one to waste time nor opportunity, the eager Reggie gives Sophia a kiss!  What a guy!

Sophia wiggles free and disappears to the rear of the motorhome.

‘We need to go.  Bridget’s waiting for us.  It was nice meeting you!”

~ ~ ~

I read every word of every comment written under the previous posts.

For those of you who are new to my blog and/or new to writing a comment, I’m sorry I haven’t given you an individual message of welcome.  I usually do that.  Believe me, you are welcome!  I’m always thrilled to see new readers appear in comments.

Thanks to everyone for the kind comments to me, to the crew, and to each other and for keeping my blog “alive” while I’m on a break.

Also, if you’d like to read early posts . . .

The posts prior to June 2013 are best seen at rvsueandcrew.com (not dot net).   This is important in order for the slideshows to appear.   Do take a look so you’ll see RVSue and her canine crew when not in sleep mode!

~ ~ ~

Please, no more visitors!

I hate to bring up this subject again, especially after reading hundreds of friendly, kind, considerate comments, but apparently it needs to be repeated.

Almost everyone knows my policy:  “No drop-in visits, no photos, no exceptions.”

I’ll try to make this very clear.

Do not drive out here looking for us.  Do not park next to our house, jump out, and run to our door.   This is our home.  It is not a geocache for you to search and discover.  It is not a tourist stop.  It is not a visitors’ center.

P1090582I’m nice enough to show you our home and our camps.  Be nice enough to respect our real-life privacy.  Thank you.

~ ~ ~

Enough of that! 

I feel pretty good this morning.  I don’t think I’m “out of the woods” yet, as far as this sleepiness goes.  I’ll continue to eat well, take it easy, sleep a lot, love my crew, and enjoy the community of blogorinos.  Thank you for your patience during this hiatus.  Please continue without me.

I appreciate your loyalty to my blog.

Besides…. we have to look out for each other, right?

rvsue

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207 Responses to The moon sets, the sun rises, Reggie steals a kiss

  1. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    Am I 1st!?!

  2. Wow, Judy, yes you are! But I may be second…been waiting! Thank you Sue!

  3. eliza says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, all the way through, since last May. I hope you can keep posting, and keep your privacy, even if you post less frequently. I have learned a lot, laughed a lot, grieved some, enjoyed the scenery and canine hijinks, and gotten ticked off at the vagaries of human experience…all while relaxing and avoiding cleaning the house. Although I can’t full-time now I have hopes for at least significant road trips in the near future, and your blog has made the dream real.
    Sue, even if you need a longer break, please accept my thanks for bringing so much random joy into my life. And thank you to the blogorinos too. I am proud to be among you….

    • bess in oregon says:

      i agree with you about this blog. excellent writing and expressions.

    • Ronda western WA says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself…no ready couldn’t have said it. I’m not done reading. ?But already that’s about how I feel.

  4. AZ Jim says:

    I’m hopin you rested. I missed ya but I was glad you took time for yourself Missy.

  5. Lynn Brooks says:

    Hope you’re feeling ok!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD).

  6. peggy says:

    Glad to see you posting again. Love the Blog

  7. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    Really beautiful pictures. I am one that doesn’t like the desert as much as the green and the mountains with the lakes and rivers but you have shown there is beauty in the desert as well.

    I also wanted to share some news about Desert Ginger. She had her open heart surgery yesterday and this was shared late last night on her facebook. “xxxxxxxxx made it through open heart surgery and is off the ventilator! So grateful! Now for recovery!”

    So please keep praying for her recovery.

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Thanks for the update Jolene! That is great news about Desert Ginger!

    • Velda says:

      Thanks for the update. Continuing thoughts and prayers for her recovery.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Already off the ventilator? Go energizer bunny!

      Thanks for the update!

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Thank you VERY much for the update Jolene. With her spirit, I’m sure she will make a good recovery!!

    • Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

      Definite prayers!!

    • Pauline in Mississippi says:

      So glad to hear about DesertGinger!!!! Will keep her in my prayers.
      Thanks for the update.

    • Dineen -BOZEMAN, MT says:

      Thank you so much for the update on Desert Ginger- wishing her well!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Thanks for sharing about Ginger!! Good news!!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Jolene, Thanks so much for the update. I have been thinking about her and praying.

    • Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

      Thank you Jolene for the update on DG. It is very nice to know she is doing better. DG is in our prayers.

      Deena, Partner and Miss Mollie

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Thank you for the good news about DesertGinger.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Oh, Jolene…thank you so much for sharing that update with us! DesertGinger has been on my mind nonstop. Keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you again! 🙂

      • Lisa and her pack in SoFl (for now) says:

        Yeah Desert Ginger, you go girl. Thanks for the update Jolene. Thanks for the pretty pictures Sue

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks Jolene for the update. I have been and will continue keep DG in my prayers. So glad things seem to be looking up for her.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Thanks for the update Jolene.

      Into recovery, spittin’ out ventilators, sittin’ up, kickin’ ass, and takin’ names.
      Dats my girl.

      When you read this Ginger know that I like everyone here has been thinking of you and holding you in my prayers.

    • Wendy in Thailand says:

      Great news.

    • MB from VA says:

      Thank you for letting us know. So glad she is making good progress.

    • Nancy S indiana says:

      I’m late reading the blog today & wonder if this will even be read, but I’m so glad to hear Desert Ginger is doing well. That’s a big surgery to recover from, and a big thanks & hug to you Jolene for keeping us informed. Sue, I’m sorry a few “invaders” have upset you. You delight us with the blog, you’ve joined a bunch of blogorinos from varied states & circumstances into a nice caring group. You deserve your privacy & respect.

    • Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

      I will pray for recovery, Desert Ginger. Thankful you are doing better. Wishing good health to all.

  8. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    Good Morning.
    Glad to see you back!

  9. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Wow! 11th. Hmmm. I’m slipping, but, not a waste. Reading this blog and about naps is energizing!

  10. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    Pure luck on getting first place today! What makes me happier is seeing you post, Sue. Sounds as if you got a lot of productive chores done and are getting good rest. Glad you’re “re- charging your batteries”!

  11. Susan in Dallas says:

    Love the second picture of the sunrise ’cause your hummingbird feeder looks like a red heart in the desert! At least on my phone it does. How appropriate for you and your love of the desert.

    • Pat in Bulverde, Tx says:

      I first read post on my phone and saw the red heart too. Did a double-take on that one! 🙂 great photos, as usual, Sue. Pat in Bulverde, Tx

  12. Karen LeMoine says:

    Yeah you’re back!!! Glad you were able to organize your little home! I love an organized rv too! I’m happy the furries went to Carl’s Jr. Its windy here in northern Az today. In the middle of making a chicken pot pie. Gotta go!!!!

  13. R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

    Hi there. As always I enjoy your photos and post. I would add one more thing to your statement “I’ll try to make this very clear.” Please, do not set your campsite too close. You would think this should be so clear.

    I’m planning to hike Colorado Trail in July/August. How far I’ll be able to hike this almost 500 mile long trail I have no idea at this point. Maybe a whole thing? There are so many logistics to take care of. I guess I need new friends in CO who would shuttle me to southern terminus and then pick me up in Durango maybe meet somewhere and day hike with me, drop off water and food, help me figure out where to store my car for 5-6 weeks. Would you like to do some hiking Sue on CT? Dogs are allowed on CT. I know Reggie would like that and he could carry his own food and water.

    • bess in oregon says:

      hi, i saw a documentary on the CT on PBS and it looked like a wonderful challenging trip. the logistics are doable and you will meet some like minded travelers on your way. have fun!

      • R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

        Bess, thank you. It is very challenging trail but doable in much shorter time than PCT or AT but there could be still plenty of snow in mid-July.

    • wildflower in prescott says:

      Oooh! I’m so jealous! When I started my AT hike I told family and friends I was going to walk until I didn’t want to walk any more. Actually I stopped because I missed my dogs so much. Keep us updated on your plans and your adventure.

      • You young ladies opt to do the Pacific Crest Trail,,, it is a rough, tough and adventurous walk,, but to do the whole trail at once you must have a trustworthy friend to send supplies to different Post Offices at just about the time before you get there,, the trail used to be just a 6 month hike,, but with towns expanding out it’s getting longer,, some folks do it in parts,, to start at ether end, one must cross into Canada or Mexico then back for your official first step to start,,, you’ll cross deserts to very high and beautiful Mountains and take a Camera and a journal and all the PCT Guide Books, there are 3, California, Oregon and Washington,,,,,,, it’s a great trip,, I know,, I’ve done it and I miss it,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

        • + it’s wise to travel with others, it’s not wise to do it alone,,, unless your built like Arnold Swartsenager,,,,,,

        • R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

          Rusty, I bet you have great memories of your PCT hike. I do not want to commit to 6 months of hiking. As to hiking alone I feel more safe than hiking with a group. Besides, there are always other people on long distance trails. There are over 2,000 hikers who attempt to hike AT every year but less than 20% finish. There are less than 200 hikers attempting CT.
          Take care,
          R

      • R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

        Wildflower, you want to come and hike CT in July/August? CT is much shorter than AT. You know I read many journals and kindle books on PCT and AT and there are many different reasons why people do not complete thru-hike but I have to admit yours is a heart warming one. You can hike a whole CT with a dog but AT has some sections where dogs are not allowed.

  14. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Winter…a hard time to get very motivated…been doing quite a bit of resting myself….and getting over a cold!! Tis February…every single Feb. here in these parts, we have gotten sick…oh well…a small inconvenience anyway!! Been more sun of late and that is always welcome!!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Feel better soon, Elizabeth! 🙂

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Thanks Denise…maybe part of this for me, is a continuation of what I endured when we flew home in December…I cannot seem to get my energy back, what precious little there was of it. I am hoping the warmer weather will help some. We walked our mile today…and have little left!! Tis not easy gettin old!!

  15. Yay and Goood Morooooooning Rv Sue n’ Crew,,,, Sure is neat seein’ th’ Moon n’ th’ Sun at th’ same time,, don’t worry , Your Pictures says 1,000 words all that are Beautiful ,,,, Reggie is sweet waitin’ for the patty of meat and glad he got to meet the girl dog next door, looks and sounds like she’s real shy, wonder if she blushed when Reggie gave her a kiss,,,,,,, Take care and get your rest,, remember,, your retired and free to do what you want when you want,,,, Have a great stay and give your babies a hug from us will ya,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  16. Glad you’re back; I missed you! I love that “I’m not a geocache” statement, LOL! The sunrise photo is awesome….for 4 mornings in a row I’ve been awake at sunrise but just can’t make myself get out of bed to photograph it! This morning I did come up with the energy to pull the curtain back and look, and it was so nice and peachy-colored, but it wasn’t enough to roust me out of my warm bed. You take care of yourself and rest just as much as you need! None of us wants to make any stress for you, we just love your posts whenever you want to make them.

  17. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Nice photos!

    Cute Reg Man…sitting all pretty waiting for his patty! Beats fang man….he’s learning! What a little ambassador with Sophia!

    Hey Bridgee Babeee!

    As for you desert woman….rest and recharge….we aren’t going anywhere.

  18. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Welcome back to our blog, glad you could join us.

    • Jean in Southaven, MS says:

      (smile) I was trying to be funny, but when I looked at it in print it didn’t look so funny. Sure glad to have you back. Anyone heard anything about Ginger?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        A quick update is above!

      • Pat in Bulverde, Tx says:

        It’s not easy to convey tongue-in-cheek thoughts in writing. I made a comment a few days ago, that when I looked back, sounded snarky. Sue has a talent for expressing thoughts and bringing smiles, which pulls us back again and again. 🙂

  19. Diann in MT says:

    OMG! An electric air fryer! When I first read that, I thought it was a joke! Jeez. What a great invention! Need to save some$$$.

    Good hearing from you, Sue.

  20. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hey there Sue!!! Hi kids!
    Gosh how pretty! Ya know I never thought the desert was much of anything, til I started reading your blog! Enchanting!!!

    I am sorry you are not feeling too great. I noticed something that has been bugging me and I keep forgetting to mention it… I am plugging in a note (there are a lot of them–some true/false and in between) about refilling water jugs… I don’t know how often you change out your bottles… But there is some question about the break down.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/reuse-plastic-water-bottle_n_5671681.html

    That Reggie is such a FLIRT! What a darlin’.
    WOW the wind is crazy here today. I walked over to do some mailing and wow am I cold! It is gorgeous, but must be 30 mph out there!

    Thanks so much for sharing your life and the pups with us. I know when you were traveling through our area I was craning my neck to see if I could find ya! I do think I had a sighting (heck, I live just off the road, that you have to take from here so chances are-YEP). But, I do understand your want for both anonymity and privacy. It is only smart! I am like that. I get frightened when people come to the door and I don’t know them… for one, my ‘jumping beans’ (the dogs) go crazy, and many of my friends have balance issues… I don’t want them to fall! A call ahead and invitation is always good…

    Sending you always,
    Hugs from Hoquiam!
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I appreciate your concern. It’s always wise to be careful with the water one drinks. I’ll clarify for those who do not know how I use the water that goes into the jugs I’ve shown in this post.

      This is water for washing. I do not drink this water, except for when it has been perked in my coffee pot. The crew drinks it and has never had a digestive upset because of it. I do take precautions. Unlike the elementary school children in the study, I never put the neck of the bottles to my mouth. I never touch the rim of the bottle necks, nor do I touch the inside of the caps. I make sure nothing touches the inside of the caps or the rim of the bottle necks. Additionally, the jugs are rotated out frequently… Hence, no cracks to harbor bacteria.

  21. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Sue: I’m glad you got some rest and some “housekeeping” done. Sometimes, when my stuff is piling up too much, it feels overwhelming to have to deal with it. Maybe that’s part of what you were feeling earlier last week. And napping is good … one of my grandsons always comments on my pitbull’s proclivity to nap through the day; he says, “Nana, Sammy is so tired from napping, he needs another nap!” We had a good time out at Anza Borrego – what an amazing, varied place! We very nearly had an accident on the way home though. There are an incredible number of trucks on the 10 out by Indio and we were in the #3 lane with big trucks on each side of us, behind us and in front of us. Said pitbull decided to shove his head into my husband’s lap and as he did, he somehow hit something on the steering column and cut off all engine power to the motorhome. There was nothing we could do but coast and limp over to the shoulder, trying not to get run down by trucks in the process. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever experienced; thank God there was a gap between trucks and a shoulder on the right side of the road. Lesson learned: the dogs (both of them) are riding in their crates from now on!! Hope you continue to have a good stay out in the desert, and watch out for those trucks when you get on the road!!

    • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

      Gosh…that sounds like a close call! Glad you are OK. Years ago (before pet crates) my cat was scared and crawled into what she thought was a nice safe place—behind the clutch and brake pedals! But I got her out safely, and you got your motorhome safely to the side too… Being from the midwest, we’re kind of scared of driving the California freeways. Sounds like you had a good time at Anza Borrego before the scary trip back!

      • Ah, that’s awful to happen while drivin’ any where , Cynthia,,,, Timber would head to the floor on my side of the truck and I thought about puttin’ him in the camper, but couldn’t see what he was up to back there,,,,, So I got a thought in my head and stopped at a pet store and bought a dog choker chain,,, Took the passengers seat belt side clip next to the door, slid the chain thru the slot and put up in the back of the seat, at the seat and pulled it thru to the front of the seat,,, then hooked it up to Timber,,, now Piper is hooked up to it when we are traveling,,, She can’t get in the way of my driving,,, She can lean on me and get to her water, a Big Gulp Cup that sets next to my cup in the center floor of the truck,,,, I also removed the inside door handle,,, Timber would use the chain to open the door when I’d be in a store,,, I would come out and he would be setting by the truck,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

        • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

          Sounds like a good idea Rusty. We’re definitely going to get some type of restraint or use the crate. Can you imagine if we went thru a checkpoint like Sue did and my 85 pound pitbull started barking and jumping at the officers? He’d probably get us all shot!!!

  22. Biz Crate - still 40m south of Chicago says:

    I had to laugh at myself when I realized that I had checked your site 4 times yesterday and twice already today looking for a new post. I sometimes go for a week or two (or more) before thinking that I should check what RV Sue and crew have been up to. Geez! One post about *maybe* Sue needing a break and I turned into a blog stalker! LOL
    In the meantime, I realized that it had been a very long time since I checked in on Tioga George “vagabonder-supreme” so I’ve had a great time catching up with him on his blog with his adventures in Guatamala, of all places! Miss Tioga, alas, has not been resurrected but that has not dampened George’s wanderlust.
    Anyway, Sue n’ Crew, today’s post is just as inspiring and elevating as ever. Thank you!

    • susan says:

      where can I find Tioga George? I lost track of him when he stopped blogging a few years (?) ago. I cant seem to find him anymore.

      • Pamelab in Houston says:

        Hi, Susan and Sue –
        http://blog.vagabonders-supreme.net/
        This is where I have found Tioga George. What a lot of good information he has archived over the years.
        Sue – I know you have probably had your fill of suggestions, but have you thought of having a blood test? This could help with information. You may have already done that. We care about you and hope you are feeling as good as possible.
        Happy Trails and thanks for your very nice blog. Always a joy to read and enjoy.
        Pamela

  23. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    RV Sue, the desert pics are so comforting to see, a soft look to them. I love the desert also. It seems a good place for privacy, love that too, I like the things that grow there. With little rain I was amazed at how they survived. I have seen pics of different desert flowers and heard that when the desert is in bloom it is something beautiful to see. So glad you are well, give the crew a hug for me and tell Reggie to take it slow with his girlfriend…..although little Reggie’s would be soooo darn cute!…..

  24. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    The opening pictures are beautiful. I will confess that I am one of those who have often thought the desert was boring but your pictures, in this post and others, have proved me wrong.
    Little Reggie waiting for his burger!!! Now doesn’t he just steal your heart?!!! Such a cutie.
    Give both Bridget and Reggie a hug from me.
    Love you, Sister Susan

  25. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hey Blogorinos,

    I also have another topic I want to talk about briefly. I hinted of this last week but I am ready to say something now.

    For those of you in sticks and bricks yet and have contractors scheduled to come do work at your house, please consider the following.

    If furniture has to be moved and the job requires it, most contractors are prepared for that. What we should not have to do is to pick up your empty dishes with plates of old food, empty cans and food left laying on tables stacked deep.

    What we should not have to do is to clear off the tops of your dressers that are also stacked high. We should not have to move money. I don’t want to be accused later if you think money is missing because you think this is a perfect opportunity to be a jerk to someone who is just trying to do their job and is having to mess with things we never should have to. That money may get moved to a drawer or something to get out of the way so it doesn’t get lost but you pile of coins of at least 1oo coins won’t look the same as it was laying on top of your dresser.

    We should not have to pick up your dirty laundry off the floor and move piles of clothes because you are too lazy to move it yourself.

    Clean your house enough to make room to move the things that have to be moved so we can do our job.

    We should not have to move small rodent cages and the table it sits on. You knew we were coming, that is not considered furniture.

    Put your pets in a room out of our way. Having 3 dogs and a cat running around and barking at us while we are tearing up your house to do our job just makes our job that much tougher.

    Also on the pet note, we understand your pet may have never bitten anyone but when a stranger comes into THEIR home and starts tearing it up, they get protective and they will bite. Not because they are mean but they are like I said, protecting their home.

    Even though it is your house and you smoke, please be considerate of the people who are working in your house that maybe don’t smoke. Every time you light up a cigarette, they will lose time working if they have to go outside until you finish.

    Just something to think about.

    Sue, I also forgot to mention I am sorry you had to warn people again. I can’t believe they don’t GET IT. Rest sweet friend.

    • Marsha / MI says:

      My husband used to say I cleaned for the cleaning lady. But, I wanted to make it easy for her to do her job. So I picked up before she came. Now that I’m retired and I get to do it myself. Still not my favorite thing.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        This was just crazy what we went through that day. I absolutely hate moving money but she wasn’t getting up to help. Some of the furniture was so bad they just threw it out.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Sorry that you and your husband had what sounds like the client from hell. I wish there were more folks like you all, who take pride in their work and do a grat job. I hope you were able to charge her extra for all the unnecessary work that had to be done.

      Have a good night! 🙂

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Once again, what seems like common sense just isn’t. My husband is a contractor and what he’s had to do before they start work is crazy sometimes.

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Jolene: I can’t believe people expect such things from contractors! I’d be too embarrassed for people to come in my house if it was such a disaster. I was one of those people, like Marsha, who used to clean for the cleaning lady. When we had our house painted last month, I made coffee and coffee cake or rolls every morning for the painters. I figure people will do a little extra for you if you do a little extra for them – and they did!!

      • Hi Cynthia, nice that you get that we need to all be nicer to each other and so very considerate. I thank you for all those that I am sure you are so gracious to, you make us humans look good.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        Thankfully customers like this one are few and far between but when they are bad, they are usually really bad. So nice those of you who realize what our job is all about. The sad thing, we may have to go back to this one for some future work soon…

        We have had one or two jobs that after I finished what I could do to help, I waited in our vehicle because the smell was so bad in the house from pet waste. It is not healthy for people to live like that but they don’t even realize how bad it is.

  26. Stephanie says:

    Dear Sue,
    I’m one of the many people that read your blog faithfully but seldom ever comment. I look forward to your posts to see what you guys are up to and dream of doing what you are doing. I got tickled when you apologized for talking about yourself so much(in the last post I think)…..this is your blog and that is what you are supposed to do! This blog is about you and your adventures and we get to ride along with you, how awesome is that?
    I hate to tell you but you have become a bit of a celebrity in the blog/travel world and some people get all giddy when they see a celebrity. Forgive them their missteps and keep doing what you are doing. You are very generous with your time and effort, giving us a glimpse into how wonderful your life is and how amazing our own lives could be.
    Blogging should be for your enjoyment and if we get to share with you, lucky for us. But this blog is all about you and that’s how I like it! I read your blog just like a good book. You share/write what YOU want and I’ll just keep waiting for the next chapter. I can only speak for myself but I’m pretty sure there are tons of people out there that read your blog and you will never know any of us. We keep coming back to enjoy your writing/photos. I personally don’t comment because this is your blog, not mine.
    I don’t know about you but I fight the winter blues every year and then all of the sudden Spring is just around the corner and the whole world looks a lot different.
    Thank you for helping me get through the winter months and looking forward to Robins showing up and trees budding out.
    Stephanie

  27. milliehubbard says:

    such beautiful pics Sue and love the Reggie Man and Bridgie pictures. Tell that Reggie that his little girlfriend is a “Looker”!! hehe Glad you’re treating the furbabies to some Carl’s … and yourself to some rest. We’ll all keep the chatter going… 🙂

  28. Leesa (IA) says:

    Reggie is such a cad!! Stealing a kiss thru the window! Bridget needs to have a talk with him about how to treat a lady. Glad to hear you are feeling better. Sounds like you have been keeping yourself busy which is always good; a body at rest stays at rest – so I’m told or something about idle hands….. 😉

  29. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    “The One Who Will Not Be Denied”….this does make me chuckle. Oh, Reggie is just so darned cute with that laser stare going on at the Carl’s Jr. window. Bridget and Reggie are so cute walking along together.

    I don’t know if you’re a Downton Abbey fan or not but sometimes it reminds me of the opening scenes when you post a photo of them walking ahead of you which shows their little butts as they are walking forward. One of the actors on the show re-named it “Hound’s Rump Abbey” because of that.

  30. Pam and Maya says:

    Ahhh, Reggie got his kiss! I wet my pants reading, ” Not cool Reggie”. Love this blog!

  31. Robin Shaw says:

    Hi Sue! Keep on takin’ those naps and lovin’ those furbabies! Robin in NC

  32. Doris says:

    I’ve read your blog since your first post, but have only commented a few times. I found your blog while trying to get my life together after my husband past. We had always dream of full time rving, but his early death from cancer changed all that. I was searching for inspiration from someone like me, single and on my own. That’s when I found your blog. Since, that time, you have inspired me to travel from the US East coast to Alaska by myself camping in the back of my pick-up truck. I’ve also taken extended trips to both Glacier and Olympic Np and just last week to Fla. Thanks for showing me the way.

    • Doris, that is so AWESOME…you are one determined person. You should be very proud. Congrats on crossing the United States and I hope the Florida weather is good to you. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      You are awesome, Doris!

    • susan says:

      Doris,
      I did that too! You are the only woman I have heard about that also camps in the back of a pickup truck! I have gone to the Yukon alone and to Key West alone, camping in my Toyota Tacoma with a shell on the back…
      I have driven across the US twice….People always seem amazed that I do this… I am so glad to hear of a fellow camper…..I really enjoy these trips and cant understand why more people dont do this, if they cant afford a RV or dont want one. Of course it would be a bit tight with two people trying to sleep in the back with all the other stuff I carry…! So going alone makes it possible,I guess.

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Way to go Doris! If you ever need a place to park your pick up truck in W.Ma give me a shout, I have plenty of space in the orchard.
      JazzLover

  33. Applegirl NY says:

    Sue, what a wonderful treat to see a new post. Hope you continue to get the rest you need and deserve. We also saw the full moon set while the sun rose this morning. God is in the heavens and we are blessed.

    We left our favorite camping area this morning and are now enjoying a new place near an old Florida town. Pretty lakes surround us and a tenacious red cardinal keeps jumping into our truck. We’ve shut all the windows and covered the mirrors so he doesn’t get hurt. Crazy little guy.

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      Hillcrest Lodge not far from Lake Wales is a quiet historic places on a little beach, if you have time for sightseeing 🙂

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Thanks! I’ll see if we’re near by.

      • Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

        Are you talking about Lake Wales in Florida, where Bok Tower is located? If so, we lived on that lake for a couple of years after WW II. My dad was paralyzed on one side and a head injury from the war,He kept going fishing by himself in a boat. My family worried too much about him out there and moved to St. Pete. Funny how life makes changes for us!

  34. Marilu from Northern California says:

    “The full moon descends in the west beyond colors soft as a sigh…
    The sun rises in the east in a hail of trumpets and trombones…”
    Sue, your words are as beautiful as your photographs, they are phrases that capture the essence and magic of the beginning day.

  35. Deena in Peoria, AZ says:

    Sue, we are very glad to “see” you for a bit and love the pictures. Partner loved the “stealing of the Kiss”; Partner smiled though he hasn’t much breath to respond; got a smart phone so I was able to load RVSue and Crew and when I confirmed I had done the process correctly (1st thing I did – before I had a flip phone with no apps) he gave a thrumb up. Please enjoy your time off and we will wait with love in our hearts for your words. Thank you,

    Deena, Partner and Miss Mollie

  36. wildflower in prescott says:

    Sue, I’m so sorry you have gawkers again. Might want to set up your bear horn.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      One group came out here from Blythe, parked, the woman didn’t wait to see if I’d come outside, immediately jumped out of the vehicle and ran around into our campsite to the door side. The crew woke up and went nuts, of course.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:

        Motion activated bear horn should do the trick. The only thing it would not be good for you and the crew.

        Some people are so rude.

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Unbelievable. I have a word in mind, but as Dorothy’s aunt in the Wizard of Oz said, ” being a Christian woman, I won’t say it.”

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in SoFlo (for now) says:

        Maybe you should post pictures of the gawkers who com tramping around your site. You would “out” them, make them into a NO TRESPASSING poster, and maybe satisfy their need for x minutes of fame. Or how about booby trapping your site with mousetraps to catch their creepy toes, waterguns to spray a little more than plain water, or plant some rubber snakes and a motion activated recording of a BIG rattlesnake? Then you could at least post a video, maybe show it to law enforcement. There has to be some law or campsite rule against trespassing like that.
        I guess this shows I will have little trouble with lurkers at my site. Hmmmmm?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        How inconsiderate and “juvenile”.

        Inquiring minds want to know…what is the “attraction”? Come on….”out yourself”…if you have the gumption to walk right up to someone’s house, knowing their “requests for privacy”….have the decency to explain why?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The woman didn’t know the name of my blog. Apparently they looked at it and motored out here. *rolls eyes*

          • So if she did not know the name of your blog, why would she want to stop to bother you….I JUST DON”T GET IT!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              The group’s car had Colorado license plates. The woman has a friend back in Colorado that knows my blog. I’m guessing the friend told her… “You’re going to be in Blythe. Go see if you can find this woman who writes a blog. She’s out at Midland LTVA, etc.”

              I cut the “visit” off very quickly, before anyone had a chance to pull out a camera.

            • I am so very sorry Sue. You value you space and privacy and we value you. I will always wish you peace and solitude of unknown bounds. If you need a good hit team, I bet Cindandjules can find one for you…take names and license plates, ha! 🙂

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            That ” excuse ” is worse than …the dog ate my math homework!

            Let me get this straight….traveling along IN the desert…you spot a casita trailer parked all by its lonesome…where the aura reeks of “can’t you see I want to be left alone” and you decide to stop and run up to the door? And then claim…you’re who? Who is RVSue?

            So you’re intentions were WHAT?

            Yep doesn’t make any sense to me either!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              The way the roads go in this area, there’s no “spotting” our home. You have to take a separate road that leads here. The decision to find us was made well before they came to Midland LTVA.

              Okay… We will leave soon. Once I get the feeling that a wildebeest migration is heading my way, I have to hit the road! 🙂

            • weather says:

              wildebeest migration?!!!perfect,Ha!

            • That is the reason I drive like this ol’ gal like a 4 wheeler to get to spots that are hard for most to get to us,,, like where we’re at till the 1st., even the OHVs don’t come near us,,,,,,,,,,, Ha,, ,,,,,

            • Jolene/Iowa says:

              Wow, people just amaze me sometimes.

            • JazzLoverWMa says:

              Sue those who would do things like that woman did are just inconsiderate and ignorant and would pitch a fit if someone did it to them. Like the saying goes, “Ya Can’t Fix Stupid”! Sorry if that comes off a little strong but know it has been tempered down considerably. Did she have a box like head with horns? You do whatever you have to,to take care of you and the kids. Take the time you need. We are not going anywhere. You are still the sunshine in my day with the great pictures, many chuckles and an adventure around a lot of corners, many not arrived at yet. You allow me to visit the desert I fell in love with 27 years ago until I can get back there. Az Highways is magnificent but RVSue and crew is personal and where it’s at for me. You hang in there Sue.
              JazzLover

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Sorry your personal space was invaded, Sue. That woman has some balls… 🙁

        Glad to know that your canine alarm system is in fine working order! Love you all! 🙂

  37. Ronda western WA says:

    Today is National Dog Biscuit Day. Extra treats for our fur babies! Peanut & Maggie say great Mom, but you know we don’t need a National Day for extra treats. They’re dachshunds I watch their diet n exercise very closely for the sake of their backs. They disagree with my plan. Except for the exercise. They love going for walks. It’s the only way I can get them to go outside when it’s raining which we get plenty of here. It’s nice and sunny today though. ?

  38. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    I sure have missed you young lady but I know you need your space…..
    just be sure and take care of yourself and your furbabies….
    I am busy raising tomato plants to plant and sell….I have about 500
    planted from seeds and have already replanted several hundred for
    my garden….as you can tell I love to eat tomatoes….
    chuck

  39. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Lovely pictures of that sunrise…a nice welcome to the day! Glad that the Crew had a tasty treat from Carl’s! That little Sophia is adorable! No wonder she caught Reggie’s eye! Stealing a kiss…that’s “our” boy! Little scamp! Happy to see pretty girl Bridget enjoying a walk. 🙂

    Rest, relax, and repeat as necessary, Sue! Sending you, Bridget, and Reggie hugs from me and Gracie pup! Love ya! xxxooo

  40. Linda-NC says:

    Well Sue, you are definitely changing my view of the desert areas. Loving my big green trees and stuff in the east, I never saw much beauty in the desert. Well, I do like the colorful rocks. But now, if I could see a sunrise or sunset like that I have changed my opinion and I thank you for that. I forget sometimes that there is beauty everywhere, in some form or another. Desert is on the bucket list. So thanks for that. Hugs to the mugs and do what you have to do whenever you have to:))

  41. Linda-NC says:

    Oh by the way -HAPPY DANCE!!!! My daffodils are peaking out of the ground. Spring is so close!!!!!!

  42. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    What beautiful photos of the sunrise and sunset. So glad to see your post, but like the others, take as much of a break as you need. Do you think the tiredness might be due to the new diet? Maybe your body is adjusting causing the doldrums.

  43. Mike says:

    I think Reggie should have a last name that matches his color and sweetness….
    Reggie Georgiapeach.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Or maybe “Reggie Texas-tan”. After all, he does look cute in his Cowboy suit.
      Reggie Texas-tan would suit him well. Very action packed. 🙂

  44. Linda a. says:

    Selfishly I do miss you when your resting and taking a break.
    But, I really do get the need for a break. We all need what I call
    ” times of refreshing “. So please do what feels good….and maybe
    enjoy being missed ! ?

  45. Pepe & Gigi, Tibbie & Ella (Bend, OR) says:

    Hi Sue. Last evening we motored south of you on our way to Quartzsite. Great big moon to guide us east into AZ. Tonight we find ourselves at OPCNM. We feel like you are a distant sister that we’ve yet to meet but that’s ok. We respect your privacy. We hope others do as well. P&G

  46. Dawn says:

    I’m grumbling FOR you…ggrrrrummmpshurgle.

  47. weather says:

    Your posts often bring to mind something especially wonderful, leave me smiling deep in thought about how much there is to love in this world. This one has me thinking about my brother . He’s a great guy in many ways that I won’t talk about now, instead I’ll focus on his loyalty and understanding .He’s demonstrated those qualities through out his life.One incident that reading recent parts of your story makes stand out happened while we lived in a city.

    One afternoon we sat talking while no one else was around. We often did then, in part because we could tell each other thoughts and feelings that we didn’t want to share with anyone else. That day I was struggling with adjusting to some changes and mentioned something that on the surface seemed unrelated and no big deal. A guy had been bothering me when I was alone on the sidewalk near the house. My brother knew my history of self defense and that I didn’t need his help so didn’t say much about that. He was getting ready to go to Vietnam and we were both naturally focused on what that would be like. Before he left he demonstrated to our neighborhood what guys that bothered me should expect though. He’s always been prone to use action in lieu of words. Providence and nature behave like a big brother for you 🙂

    Between your gorgeous sunrises and sunsets I imagine what life’s been like for you recently. You probably get up, step outside for Reggie’s first potty run, notice how cool it is out at that hour and what’s on your mind. This blog still likely pops up in those early morning thoughts far more than you wish it would at times. Putting this post together may have been among the most difficult ones you’ve done. What to include, leave out, wanting to put off doing it while knowing each day that you do might make it harder…Still, you managed to produce something beautiful, sweet and interesting for us to enjoy and dream about. It’s amazing what sheer will, determination and love can do.

    It’s rare for me to think of anything that I’d do or word differently while studying one of your posts. In this one I would choose “we get to take care of each other” instead of “we have to”. Sue, you know that feeling of deep satisfaction you get while watching the crew have what you’ve cooked for them? You can be feeling energetic, exhausted, great, sick, bothered or at peace yet that one thing makes you so grateful. That’s what it’s like when I add a sentence or more on here so you don’t have to. While missing you and our conversations, trying to pray instead of worry that one thing makes me grateful , it blesses me. I imagine that you may think your hiatus is more of a problem than a gift for many of your readers . The truth is that allowing others to help us is offering them what we have every day-the joy of fulfilling part of our purpose in life.

    • Deena - Peoria, AZ says:

      Another blessing that RVSue has given to our lives – weather. I am thankful for their friendship and weather’s way of phasing thoughts which is peaceful and calming and thoughtful.

      Thank you
      Deena, Partner and Miss Mollie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Letting go . . . The thread woven through my entire life.

      Good morning, weather. 🙂

      • weather says:

        And always shown to be for what’s best ahead when seen from there. Sleet gently covered the cliff and lake this morning. Shivering I knew that my muscles were exercising so the rest of today would be easier, that I’d appreciate the warmth and views more, have a deeper compassion for others feeling cold. It’s an exquisitely rich journey , Sue, and delightfully Good morning…

    • weather says:

      Believing that it’s best to let the wildlife learn to fend and provide for themselves and each other when they can, many times I just watch. Between nature and other folks that feed them and provide shelter in various ways they do really well and are free, it’s great to see that . I put food in a place for them to gather to relax away from the too harsh elements and then step back usually, let them do whatever they want to there.

      A couple of hours before sunrise this morning I intervened a bit. I heard a barely audible low protracted meow, the warning sound that may precede a fight. Two cats had entered a narrow path from opposite directions and were staring each other down with no safe way to run without one turning their back and becoming more vulnerable. Being near an outside window close to them I banged on it enough to startle and distract them, separating them so none of us got hurt, let them go calm down .One at a time, each using different paths they eventually had breakfast, the rest have, too.

      It’s zero degrees where the wind comes through here right now. A fresh coating of snow on everything is has painted the peace filled beautiful scenery all white except the evergreen trees. As I look around seeing that and puffy little balls of fur sound asleep all’s well in my world. I hope it is in yours 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thank you, weather, and good morning! All is well in our world. A look into yours is a great way to start my day. 🙂

        • Good Morning Sue and Weather, this was a nice way to start my day also. I am taking my RV out for the first time this weekend, we are going to the beach parking lot for the day. We do not think there will be many people there and the beach parking goes for about 3 miles. I think we could probably find a place to spend the day, don’t you? I feel like you must have felt Sue, the first day you drove off the lot with your casita. I know we can do it, but it still is a little frightening. Prayers for us! 🙂

  48. Tis the season for quiet reflection and taking stock. Getting out for a couple nature walks each day, painting something bright and white, cleaning out the unneeded – you’ll be more than ready for the fresh beginnings of Spring. Reggie’s girlfriend looks so feminine, I’m sure he’s quite smitten 🙂 Enjoy the beautiful desert.

  49. Colleen says:

    Love your blog. Waiting to pick up my Casita in June.
    Was looking at an older post…the one about curtains. Do you happen to remember size, length and how many?
    Your travels and information are full of great ideas and so helpful to us newby’s…..thank you.

  50. Good Morning Sue! Enjoying our coffee together today… have a restful and beautiful day with the puppies, I am jealous. 🙂

  51. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    So glad to see you back Sue, thanks for the wonderful photos. I have never seen the desert but have learned alot from you and agree it is beautiful!
    Hoping you are in good health, as we age it becomes so important. You are inspirational with your daily walks.
    I am getting spring fever, can’t wait for the weather to change so I can install a solar panel on my little camper and get it ready to hit the woods. Have not decided if I want to mount on roof or set it up to move around outside. There are usually trees at my campsites, no desert sun. Also am installing a new headliner. Ah, am almost done with her restoration. Have camped and used her inspite of her condition. The camper is 35 years old U-haul CT 13.
    Well, Take Care Sue and Crew!

  52. BadgerRickInWis says:

    OK FOLKS, THIS AIN’T HARD TO FIGURE OUT. STAY THE HELL AWAY UNLESS YOU ARE INVITED!!!!!

    YOU ARE NOT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THOSE YOU ARE INTERACTING WITH. IT’S POSTED RIGHT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF EVERY POSTING. “NO DROP IN VISITORS!
    LEARN HOW TO READ AND GET SOME DAMN MANNERS!!!!!

    Now then, sorry to scream but I guess I can get a tad protective of those I love. Idiots.

    Beautiful shots Sue, and Reggie you Dog!!! Sneaking a kiss from Miss Sophia like that.
    Glad that you are taking some time to take care of yourself. Like Cinandjules said. We will be here when you get back. I’ve been thinking of you a lot of late. I’m rereading Desert Solitaire which is one of my all time favorites. Got me yearning for red rock.

    Curious of what it was that got tossed as never or rarely used. No need to answer, but maybe a topic for a post in the future. Just know that I’m holding all three of you in my heart. Glad to hear from you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for making the message PERFECTLY CLEAR!!! 🙂 What did I toss? Finally donated the inflatable canoe, losing about 50 lbs (not me, the canoe). Other stuff, mostly household, kitchen items… bowls I never used, containers, tongs, duplicate items, plus a bin full of clothes.. Oh, and I gave the big purple ball that Reggie did not like at all. I rolled it toward him and he ran!

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Note to self: If anyone ever rolls a purple ball at me that 50% taller than I am, run like hell. Got it. 🙂

        Smart guy that Reggie Man.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Way to spell it out, Badger Rick. What the heck is wrong with people? Can’t read? Think the message doesn’t apply to them? I would have just gone out there and told them to get the H— away from my campsite, you were not invited and definitely are not welcome here.

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Barger Rick:

      THANK YOU! Sending you a hug for what I did not feel I could say.
      JazzLover

  53. Elaine Mari says:

    Lovely post, it has it all, poetic writing, beautiful photos, romance, snapshots of practical life, and puppies!

  54. Moe says:

    Beautiful pictures, especially the first one…as tho the trees don’t want to give up the night!

    If we shop at Amazon from one of the ‘recent purchases’ link, do you get credit for that?

  55. Pamela K. says:

    Sue, this was such a cute post. Really enjoyed the news of Reggie’s budding romance with Miss Sophia. I remember when HRH Bridget fall head-over-heels for the sweet man on the golf cart who told her she was pretty.

    Aw — Signs of Springtime in the air as a young man’s thoughts turn toward his fancy.

    The “Grease” like story of the lovely, ever so shy Sophia (Sandy) and the always popular and street-wise boy-about-town Reggie (Danny).
    To be continued…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Poor Reggie. The romance is over before it began. Sophia moved away.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        That’s too bad. Sophia was a real cutie, just like Reggie. Angle gets to see her boyfriend “Joey” next week at the groomers. I took her down to PetSmart this past Saturday, when the Russel Rescue Folks were there so they could see how well she is doing and she walked right up to a lady’s Dachshund and kissed him too. She did it on the way in and the way out. Too Funny!!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Aw, but she RVs so there is still the off-chance 🙂 😉

  56. Lee j in Northern California says:

    Nothing like a visit from morons..just remember dear friend..shake the dust off and move on. makes me feel bad for such people, they go blundering through life feeling entitled, spreading ill will with abandon. No clue..ever wonder what a conversation would sound like around their dinner trough?

    We had another moron visit here at our house yesterday, got a call from a drunk neighbor yesterday..he said our dog bit him when he reached over the fence to grab him so he could be petted. What? Oh, Arlo is a eleven pound Silky Terrier.. Four foot high chain link fence that needs razor wire in top!

    This morning he called back, now sober, and sort of apologized for trying to grab our dog, said he was a “good little doggie, just protecting himself”.
    So clueless people are everywhere!

    How is Desert Ginger doing, anyone know?

  57. wildflower in prescott says:

    Death Valley wildflower update:

    http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/wildflower-update-2016.htm

    ? ? ? ? ? ?

  58. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    Sorry to hear your peace and solitude was interrupted, that really sucks wind.
    By now you have got to have hundreds of cyber-signs waiting for you to post them for gawkers to see. I know you wouldn’t put out any of the cyber-signs we suggest but it is nice to think about it anyway. To that end, here’s my cyber-sign —

    NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC:
    Be WARNED!
    MY JOB REQUIRES ME TO HAVE “RADIO ACTIVE ELEMENTS” AT MY SITE.
    STAY AWAY “X” FEET IN ALL DIRECTIONS!
    “DO NOT ENTER” WITHOUT A GOVERNMENT CLEARANCE!
    p.s. Kidding? Maybe, maybe not.

    Yep, reading a sign like that would cause me to get goin’ in a hurry 🙂
    Serious now, I hope those people were a one-time happening and you and your crew. Hope you can get back to enjoying your R&R. You seem to have enjoyed it there. A real bummer to feel you need to leave after that silly woman intruded on you. BTW, are you still in the LTVA? Don’t people coming there have to check-in or have a pass to get in there anyway? If so, I would think that that woman should have known the rules about privacy around there. Good you saw their licence plate!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The LTVAs are run very casually. People can drive into an LTVA like I did when the crew and I went to Wiley’s Well. That way they can see what the LTVA is like. BLM and national forest campgrounds are the same way, even some state parks and COE campgrounds. If there’s a toll booth at the entrance, I ask, “Is it okay if I drive through to see what it’s like?” No one has said no so far. But here at the LTVA, you can drive in anytime.

      • Pamela K. says:

        It’s nice that they are relaxed about letting people preview those areas for future camping considerations. I guess with that privilege comes a few people who abuse it. Clearly that woman was one of them. Hopefully she will read all the comments here and learn from it.

  59. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue – Just thinking about the sweet faces on your pups. And that little Reggie has once of the sweetest faces ever. I could see where he would melt a heart.
    Peace.

  60. Linda in Southern MN says:

    Hi Sue. Yes, some people can be rude. Hope you can shake it off and know that most of us on here are not like that. I would hate to have you stop posting as often, but maybe you have to consider posting a week behind, so your location would not always be current. Since I have never been out west camping, I will be depending on some of your past blogs to give me some starting places, and really appreciate the info you supply. Would love to meet you and your pups, but have no intentions of invading your camp! I like my privacy, too. I will still enjoy reading and learning from your blog. Take care.

  61. kgdan from Wapato, WA says:

    Today gas in Bullhead City, AZ. $1.35/gallon.

  62. Kay from KC! says:

    Good Morning, everyone, and I hope it’s a positive day for Sue’s Blogorino’s! I love reading everyone’s comments and how we circle around each other. Sometimes I feel like I live in a kennel after cleaning up ‘puke’ from a cat and feeding the 2 dogs, 3 cats and let them in and out before my coffee and getting on the computer, but it’s lively! My knee is still swollen and bruised from surgery, torn meniscus repair 3 weeks ago, but I start physical therapy Monday, so will get better. Sue, your pictures are amazing!

    Kay from KC!

    • cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

      Glad to hear that you are on the mend from your knee surgery…Good luck with
      the PT!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Good luck with your PT, Kay. Having been through 2 knee repair surgeries and the required PT, I know it is not fun! Sending you wishes for a speedy recovery and less pain. **hugs** 🙂

  63. Utah Bonnie says:

    The desert can seem so bland at times but it’s amazing the spectrum of colors it can yield at different times of day and you’ve done a great job of capturing them. I never knew that there were so many different hues of green until I lived in the desert.

    I’m enjoying watching Reggie’s development from wide-eyed newbie traveler to casanova and drive in hamburger junkie.

  64. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    This is for Jolene: Have you seen any more updates on Ginger’s FB page? I assume her son will need to go home at some point, and just wondered if she will need help/meals/etc. after that. I don’t know if there is a way to send her my phone number or email without telling the entire world. Not that I would really mind these blogorinos from having them, but I think Sue doesn’t do things that way.

  65. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin-CT says:

    So sad people do what they want, not what the signs etc say. I hate that you, Sue, feel so invaded you must leave a great camp. You all ready have info on your blog saying not to come by, but perhaps it must be even more upfront to clue in the clueless. Ideas blogerinos? Obviously it’s not you all who are so disrespectful, it’s the odd one out so to speak. All my interior lights are now LED; working up to some boon docking myself. If I were all alone way far from anyone, I certainly would not want anyone barging into my privacy. At my campground people generally speak to me from the road to sort of see if I do want company before they walk in to my small site, & that’s how it should be. I believe it’s called “manners”

  66. I was looking at last years postings to see where you were in early March. I was sidetracked by the postings of you finding the Reginator. It’s hard to believe that he has been a crew member for a few days short of a year.

    I am chomping at the bit to start drifting north. I love the desert but am wanting to see some trees! Big ones…

  67. Well it appears that spring has sprung up here in the frozen north. The lake in front of our house, which used to freeze over by November 15th and stay that way ’til March 15th finally froze over in the middle of December 2015 and thawed out completely by the middle of February. The CIty Parks is having problems keeping their artificial ice rink frozen in the 45 – 60F afternoon temperatures.

    So if you plan to head up to OR/WA/ID you might try to find a high elevation (or visit Neah Bay on the far NW corner of the USA).

    I suspect they’ll shut down campfires again this summer. To that end I bought an open fire that is not a fire. It’s a device that uses red, blue and yellow LED lights and a fan. The fan blows a white silk cloth cleverly cut into the shape of a flame and the lights make it look like it’s on fire. Very realistic if you suspend your disbelief. So far, ever time I’ve shown it off several people have had to run their hands through the “flame” to see if it’s actually hot.

    Only $53 and no smoke. But it helps to either have a generator or an inverter because the fan and LEDs run off 120vac.

    Chauvet BOB LED Simulated Flame Effect With No Heat I redid the link — Sue

    We plan to put this in the fireplace and tell the 14-year-old to grab some chocolate, some marshmallows, and graham crackers go make herself s’mores. 😛

    WDR

  68. I know you have the white van, white trailer, white dogs thing going on, but you could’ve painted the antenna and mast any other color. Maybe one that makes feel good things. But maybe white is your happy color. 🙂

  69. Dawn in NC says:

    Good Morning Blogorinos! What have you got planned for the weekend? I’m looking forward to bingeing on Seasons 3 and 4 of Castle while cuddling with my kitties! Anyone out there hitting the road and going camping?

  70. Kaye from Oregon says:

    I returned home from doing errands a few days ago and guess what was parked a few houses down from ours ? A very cute white casita, a white tow vehicle and a BLUE MAT out from of it. (not Sue’s tow vehicle) I finally got to see a casita in person and it is sooooo cute. I loved seeing it!! They must be visiting our neighbors for a few days…….last time I commented was when Spike passed…I am still lurking out here in blog land for five years now and you bring me soooo much happiness….THANK YOU !!!!! as Roy Rogers would have said, “Happy Trails to you !!! “” Kaye PS If it had been you, I would not have given up your location or visited you !!!!

    • Sue CleanerGreenerVegas says:

      I enjoyed the wildflower report by Prescott in the previous post. This Sunday Morning we are going to leave Henderson NV and take a little drive either to Death Valley, where I hear the bloom is quite amazing this week. Or perhaps a drive around Valley of Fire or Lake Meade. I’m feeling the itch to camp farther out in the country.

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