The search for a warm camp west of the Colorado

We find a dreamy, desert camp!

As I write this post on Thursday, November 19, here is where we are.  The photo was taken last night at sunset.  Although the back-lighting caused the photo to be dim, I like it so I’m posting it.  See the munchkins?

P1080504Okay . . . Let’s back up in time for you to travel the route that brings us here.

Tuesday, November 17

After a day of non-stop wind, the crew and I hit the road very early.  A return of the wind is predicted for today.  It’s calm this morning.  Maybe we can find our next camp before the wind returns . . .

We leave Turtle Mountains Wilderness Camp and head south on Route 95.

You may remember from the previous post that we’re on the west side of the Colorado River.  At the southern end of Chemehuevi Valley we come to Vidal Junction and turn east on Route 62 until we reach Parker, across the river and across the California border into Arizona.

Parker is a magnet for RVers.

P1080455I’m not surprised to find the place is hoppin’ after a day of strong winds.  I stop for propane and then head over to Wal-Mart.  Wait a minute. . .  Safeway is across the street.  That might be a nice change, a better shopping experience perhaps?

Well, the atmosphere is more mellow than Wal-Mart’s.  However, it isn’t long before I realize I’m not putting items in my cart that I planned to purchase because of the prices.  For instance, I pick up a bottle of blueberry smoothie — $2.48 at Safeway and I know it’s $1.94 at Wal-Mart.   Prices are consistently higher.

After the ambiance is long forgotten, the money is still gone.  I’m outta’ here!

I drive across the street to Wal-Mart and load up!

By the time I come out of the store, load the groceries into the Best Little Trailer, and walk the crew, the wind arrives.  We need to find our camp soon.  Where shall we go?

I want to go south and I want to stay away from Quartzsite.

That means we go back across the river to California.  A brief study of the California Benchmark atlas and I have a general idea how we will travel on our search for a good, desert camp away from the crowd.

We’re buffeted by a crosswind from the north while on Route 62 again, going west this time.  At Vidal Junction, we turn south on 95.  This is not a scenic drive.  Lots of dull brown rock and dirt, dusty desert, only one glimpse of the river . . .  .

I don’t care!  I need to find a camp!  Fortunately we’re helped along by the tailwind.

Through the Colorado River Indian Reservation . . .

We arrive at Blythe.  We go west at 4th Avenue.  At the stop sign I turn north onto Lovekin Boulevard which becomes Midland Road to the northwest.  The Big Maria Mountains are on our right.  I’m too weary to scout out a boondock, but I will if there isn’t a better choice.

I take a look at the Midland Long Term Visitor Area.

Not that I want to stay in one place “long term.”  If this looks good, we’ll stay “short term.” (14 days)  If not, I’ll take a late lunch break with Bridget and Reggie, gather up a second wind of my own, and keep looking.

To be continued . . . . with more photos next time!

rvsue

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207 Responses to The search for a warm camp west of the Colorado

  1. Kerry On (UT) says:

    Hi Sue!

  2. Lois (AZ) says:

    #2???

    • Lois (AZ) says:

      I was so sure this time but guess 2nd is better than 22nd! Hope you are finding warm weather AND less wind…forecast is for good temps. Have enjoyed following you on your trip southward…also, enjoy all the blogorinos comments while you are away. Heading to Vegas for my grandson’s professional wrestling show (FSW) this weekend…fun to follow him!
      Be safe and warm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Almost first today, Lois…. 🙂

      You have an interesting weekend ahead… Enjoy!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      #2, Lois – WHOO-HOO!! 🙂

      • Lois (AZ) says:

        Thanks, Denise…One day I will be #1…BUT it’s really the content of Sue’s blog that is #1…Love following

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Lois,

          Every time I see your name, I think of you saying (as you read something) “I laughed out loud – I live alone so I can do that.” 😀 😀 😀

  3. Have you ever been down to Anzo Borrego area? We are thinking of heading that way in Feb/March just for fun. I’ll say it again, it’s pretty amazing how you are able to find boondocks! Have fun!

  4. pookieboy says:

    #1 ?

  5. bess from haystack res/ eugene, oregon says:

    hello Sue! i am so happy you found a spot and the sunset photo is dreamy. i was in that area 30+ years ago. did you ever camp at Wiley’s Well, south of the freeway?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, bess . . . .No, we haven’t camped at Wiley’s Well. I’m familiar with it through online research and my atlas, of course.

      • bess from haystack res/ eugene, oregon says:

        it has a well and at that time was a free abandoned BLM campground. there were half-year snowbirds there and one guy had a ham radio which they used if they needed medical help. there were no tables.
        i loved sitting under the ironwood trees, watching the army of ants hauling little pieces of the ironwood leaves back to their nest.

  6. Pam and Maya says:

    Hi Sue, one of my favorite campsites was right across the river from Parker along the Colorado River. There is a BLM site that is $4 for seniors. Wild donkeys would come down to the river at dawn to drink, I found them quite funny!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam and Maya… My guess is Crossroads Campground on Parker Dam Road or Empire Landing (the latter is no longer BLM).

      Please share the name of the campground, if you remember it, for the benefit of readers.

  7. Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

    Tis good to have your words, to know that you are safe/okay with all the
    wind! I have been concerned for you and your furkids out there in all
    the wind…..

    My “fiver” does the Rock & Roll dance all night and Clyde is next to me
    on top of the electric blanket! Right now there is no wind, blue sky, no
    clouds and in the 60’s……

    Hugs from Elizabeth and Clyde…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, E2… You’ve been rockin’ and a-rollin’, too! 🙂

      The winds make the calm that follow all the more delightful. It’s a beautiful day today, isn’t it.

      Hugs to you and Clyde!

  8. Love the pastels of the desert, even when some of it is from wind dust in the air. Guess I’ll have to get back to Parker and see all the growth – more than one place to buy groceries – wow! Hope the winds are on their way out finally.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee…. Yes, it was calm yesterday and again today. I love the stillness of the desert when it is like this.

      It is strange to see competing groceries on opposite sides of the street. I like Safeway stores. I just couldn’t see paying more when lower prices were available nearby.

      • Lois (AZ) says:

        I have a WINCO grocery that just opened close to me…their prices even beat Walmart and they are employee owned. Safeway is the closest…nice store but not in my budget.

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        yep you did good leaving the Safeway store…
        the reason they pulled out of Texas was because
        of their high prices….we are lucky in this area since
        Kroger has better prices than Walmart for the most
        part….
        chuck

      • Susan in south central WA says:

        I find Safeway/Albertsons the highest priced groceries here, except for a few select items (like Lucerne egg whites…go figure).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve already been given the word that Albertson’s in Blythe has high prices and I remember that to be so from one visit there a few years ago. Competition has opened up nearby which makes the locals very happy. 🙂

  9. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Oooohhh I like that site….so open and clear. The mountains in the background. Looks like not a lot of danger for the doggies either. not a lot of cactus..The rocks lined up along the back of the site is very inviting….I think I like borders! ha! Talk about leaving a campsite better than you found it. I did that once with some property my mother owned in Bullhead City…she had a nice little manufactured home and I collected rocks to lay down to define her property site…it was quite homey…We could see the Colorado River and Laughlin from the living room. I loved that little place.

    I hope you get to stay there a while and send pictures of all you get to see. Sorry about Safeway, I understand, but unless I can go to Walmart very early in the morning, in California, it is just not fun…wayyyyyy toooo many people.

    Carry on Sue, love this short little post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene…. The crew and I have walked around our camp quite a bit and I’ve come across one small cholla. That’s it. I was tempted to terminate the darn thing, but I restrained myself.

      I know what you mean about a crowded Wal-Mart. This one wasn’t too bad. I guess because Safeway had some of the customers.

      I’m happy you liked this post, written in a hurry!

      Okay, you can go back to dreaming about your RV and where you will go with it… 🙂

    • edlfrey says:

      “The rocks lined up along the back of the site is very inviting…. Talk about leaving a campsite better than you found it.”

      Unfortunately gathering up rocks to make a border around a BLM dispersed campsite (boondock) is not “leaving a campsite better than you found it.” One of the 7 principles of Leave No Trace is – Leave What You Find (Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them).

      Gathering up rocks from private property to make borders is wonderful but not so on BLM land. If you want to read more about outdoor ethics this link will take you to the Leave No Trace web page – https://lnt.org/

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Nothing wrong with enjoying what’s already been done by someone else… 🙂

        • chas anderson says:

          To my way of thinking,driving a vehicle on the desert is far worse than moving a few rocks around.I find it a little strange that someone who boondocks would really consider the rocks to be a problem.A line of rocks also prevents driving into vegetation areas.Hey, we all are owners of the land so a little common sense should prevail.No harm no foul.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, chas. . . I agree that “a little common sense” is often the best way to go, and you point out when it is needed.

            There are areas of the desert where vehicles are allowed to drive willy-nilly, whether one agrees with that or not. When it is apparent that sooner or later someone is going to drive over a plant, for instance, I think the “lesser evil” is to put a rock or rocks next to it.

            It is especially wise and important to protect the precious saguaros that may be 50 or 100 years old or more. One can be careful not to pull out rocks.. Simply find ones that can be moved without disturbing anything.

            Putting a border around a boondock campsite may also be a good thing. If there is a pile of rocks — let’s say from the maintenance of the road — putting rocks around an established campsite can keep it from being enlarged unnecessarily (with minimum or no disturbance), thus protecting the surrounding plants, including ground covers, and the small creatures that live there. Not everyone gives a hoot about the environment when they park their rig, utility trailer, trailer for their toys, toad, extra vehicles, etc., unfortunately.

            I’m not sure to whom you are referring, chas, when you write “someone who boondocks.” Ed doesn’t boondock. I do, as you know. I hope I’ve addressed the point you make. Again, common sense with a sensitivity to the environment is the way to go. Thanks for bringing that up!

            • chas anderson says:

              I was referring to Ed, I assumed he boondocked.Actually, I am a rock a holic.I have built almost 1000 feet of rock walls on my property over the years.See no harm in outlining a boondock site with rocks.

  10. Sidewinder Pen says:

    I absolutely LOVE that first photo. Just…. everything!

    Beautiful day in the desert today (some of us are still having our morning coffee, in fact 😀 ). Sunny, going-to-be-warm, and… not windy! It’s adding a smile to my morning knowing I’m sharing this area with a number of blogorinos (Sue, Rusty & Piper, Jordan, maybe Ed, Jim, Ginger, and probably many more!) Plenty of room 🙂

    I’ve only camped “across the river” once; it was in a “known” boondock called Big Water BLM. There were a number of rigs there, but I managed to find a corner to myself. Nice bluff views. Of course I pulled in at sunset 😀 That was when I was just learning to find places (‘course I had a great teacher).

    Re: Anza Borrego: That was on my list of places I might like to go this winter. Now I read that it has been bought by the state and “rules” are in place. Maybe only rumor, I don’t know, but I hear the 14-day time applies (not that I mind that too much) and that (worse) you can’t be more than one vehicle length from a “main” road (whatever that means). Not that I know if any of this is for sure or not (Peg Leg area).

    Waving from across and along the river (plenty far away though) 😀

    SP

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pen,

      I saw an area on the CA side of Parker where RVs were boondocked on a mesa. Very handy to Parker, not appealing to me, even when facing a drive in wind… I imagine you have good views from there. I don’t know if that’s Big River BLM or not… Big River isn’t far from there.

      I also saw roads going north of Route 62 between Parker and Vidal Junction that I would have explored for boondock sites if it weren’t windy and late in the day for a search (late being after noon… hee-hee). The roads headed toward the Whipple Mountains. Only thing I’d be leery of is the roads also go to mines which may mean people and ATVs.

      Thanks for mentioning the situation for boondockers at Borrego. I’m sure a lot of folks will be disappointed with the change. I had no plans of returning due to it being too exposed for my need for privacy. Borrego Springs is a nice little town. I enjoyed seeing the metal sculptures in the desert.

      Waving to you from somewhere across the river… 🙂

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Big Water was the kind of place (for me) that makes a convenient one night stop (maybe two). Easy in, easy out. You probably know what I mean.

        I thought the Borrego metal sculptures looked like fun to walk around. Just kind of on my “some winter maybe” type list.

        :wave:

        SP

  11. Lisa W says:

    Hi Sue,
    Can’t wait to see where you and the crew landed. We had exciting news – our house sold yesterday. No more Sticks and Bricks! I know you know the feeeling we have. Now we have to get all the address changes done, and then next spring we will head to S.D. to register the car and RV and change our licenses.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HOORAY FOR YOU! That’s great news, Lisa! Yes, I know what a relief it is to be rid of the house and be free to take to a life on the road. Best wishes as you wrap things up.

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      Im so jealous…..:)
      good luck in your travels…
      chuck

  12. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    YAY! Glad you found a place to land that feels OK. We have just had some ‘weather’ excitement here… I donwannatalkaboutit. EVERYONE is talking about it… 😛

    Taking a quick break reading here before group begins. Talking about getting through the holidays with less strife and sadness — oh wow. Loaded conversation. We will see what happens!

    Hugs from Hoquiam, where the sun is out and I am walking to group today! YAY!

    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb . . . You are such a good person. If you can help people make it through the holidays with less strife and stress, you’ve accomplished a lot! Best of luck… I hope it goes well.

      Sunshine in Hoquiam… That’s something to cheer about!

  13. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Hi Sue, glad for another post. New camp looks good. Happy Thanksgiving if I don’t get a chance to tell you again.

  14. Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

    Wow Sue,, You and the pups been moving,,, I like the Sunset photo with your babies looking towards you,,, yep Walmart is always less on some things,, but that’s the place to go,,,, The Wind has slowed down here to,,, BTW Piper has been in here leaning the PC,,, Did you see her Comment to Reggie in your last post?,,,,, Well you 3 have a great stay down there,,,,,,,,,, rusty

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Piper and Rusty,

      Good to hear you’re out of the wind, too. When you said you were moving to behind Love’s, I wasn’t sure where you meant . . . . Kingman? A bit higher and colder there, I think.

      Yes, I saw the note from Piper… Hugs to her for keeping you company and being a good pal.

      • Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

        Na Sue , We’re within 1 mile and 1/2 South of I- 40 off the road tha goes to Lake Havasu City,, But to the west of 95 ,, In your Bench mark map ( Az) book,Page 38 at the top center,, 34*44′ X 114*20′ -A 4,, is our coordinates ,,, rusty

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That makes more sense. I didn’t think you’d head up to Kingman…. I know the area where you are. I remember looking for it after you gave me directions last time we camped near you.

          • Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

            That’s right Sue,, that road we’re off of is the old Hwy 95 next to the new 95,,,,only the road coming in is a little ruff, one must take their time coming in.,,,,,,, there are 8 camp sites in here and after our walk yesterday 3 are taken,, a van,, a small trailer and us,,, and we hear the Train,(lightly), the Freeway,(lightly), Love’s Truck Stop, (lightly),, but the Cattle Guard, one hears it every time a Vehicle goes over it,,RUMP RUMP, and a low flying home made Green BI Plane comes over every once in a while,, we wave at the Pilot, as he waves ,,,,,,,,rusty

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              It’s funny, since I hate to hear people, generators, and that sort of thing. But I loooove trains, and even the “RUMP RUMP” (perfectly put, Rusty!) of cattle guards.

            • Piper n' Rusty / Az. says:

              Hi Pen, No Generators here and the camp sites are well apart.. the only way to be around people is to go visit them,, and this morn , we’re the only ones here,,,,,,,, OH, Nooo, the WINDS ARE COMMING BACK, starting this morn ’bout 10am to Saturday evening , NOAA says,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  15. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Ugh…wind! At least you had tailwinds on the way to your present destination.

    We have a total of two grocery stores in the area. We shop at Walmart, but not for their meat. Walmart prices are hard to beat. The grocery store charges 2 dollars more for each item. Huh? Why would anyone throw their money away. Some folks here won’t step into Walmart. Everyone has their own agenda….whatever floats their boat.

    Have a wonderful warm and peaceful day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules…. I didn’t stay at Safeway long enough to compare the price of skinless, boneless chicken breasts which I buy for the crew. I doubt it beats Wal-Mart’s $1.99 a lb. As for meat for people, I don’t know how quality and selection compare…

      Yeah, I wonder about people too good to go to certain stores. Kind of adolescent, ya think? Oh well, like you say, whatever floats their boat.

      Warmth and peace to you, too!

  16. wildflower in prescott says:

    Hi Sue, two friends drove I40 from Calif to prescott on Tuesday and saw 3 18 wheelers toppled off the side of freeway. They did not witness the accidents. Weather in the desert can be very dramatic and also dangerous, so it is wise of you to avoid the wind.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi wildflower. . . Those big trucks do catch the crosswinds. How terrible for the drivers. I hope no one was hurt.

      That’s a concern about driving in the wind — how well “the other guy” can handle what their driving.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Yikes!

      Empty semis have a tough time in the wind. When we traveled across NV, everyone had pulled over. We were tuned to the highway condition report. Once the semis went…we went.

      It was truly a waker upper! The gusts were horrific! ?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yeah, it’s the gusts that get ya’! Not the time to be distracted or dopey from driving…

      • Pamela K. says:

        Here’s a tip I learned the hard way round, years ago now.
        In crosswinds, or heavy winds of any kind really, close up your sunroof if you have one and it is open!!! Especially true for smaller and lighter cars and SUVs. I had my sunroof open on the interstate, caught a serious crosswind and it formed an air-vac in the rear where the air could not get out…took my car from the right slow lane two lanes over into the fast lane! No kidding, just picked it up like it was a toy! It was so weird because I was moving from WV to Baltimore at the time and had that car loaded down along with my dog and bird! Scared the Bee-Gees out of me! So ALWAYS CLOSE UP that sunroof in crosswinds 🙂

  17. Renee Galligher says:

    17th! Yay! I was working and couldn’t get to email fast enough.

  18. Very much appreciate the road details. Helpful if passing through and need a quick stop for a day or 2 somewhere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s my pleasure to share what I find, Jan, even though I’m “burning my bridges” as I go. I may come back to a favorite spot sometime in the future and find it occupied! 🙂

  19. chas anderson says:

    This blog has been informative.We are leaving from our snowbird excursion in March and plan on finally heading on down through the Parker/Havasu area.Lots of good info that I will use with the new Class C. That old trailer was just too damn big-34 feet is a lot to tow around into boondocks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chas… I replied to your reply above. That topic will continue under the next post, I’m sure, as I will show what one sees when looking for campsites in the desert.

      How long is your Class C? I agree — towing 34 feet cuts down on your boondocking options. We’re on the other side of the river from Lake Havasu City/Parker area. However, maybe we will show you a camp you’d like to try on this side. I’m glad my blog has been informative and I hope it continues to be so for you. Enjoy that new rig!

      • chas anderson says:

        Class C is 32 feet but I towed the trailer with a 24 foot Dodge Mega cab so it was a 58 foot rig.

        • Pamela K. says:

          Chas,
          Are you liking your new Class C ? I ask because Klemper is thinking about the Born Free Class C for us when he officially retires in May (or work projects end date). I have read many reviews of all the major Class C lineups. Was surprised to read that many used ones (appx 90%) have over-the-cab leaks. That kind of scares me…a lot…since any new RV we buy will most likely be our last one for many years. Could you share some insight to what Class C you bought and why you chose that make and model? Is it fiberglass?
          Keep in mind that my Klemper is not handy with repairs so buying one that has little upkeep is important to us. I do like the Born Free Class C, especially the ones from the mid-2000s if buying used. Used is always such an X? factor…

          Note:
          Anyone else with the Class C please add any thoughts too! It will be a huge step for us to change up our RV. Any feedback would be great. Thinking 34ft Class C. or less.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            We had a 2001 Coachmen Catalina classic wb240. We were vigilant in regards to the maintenance i.e. Wax, treat the rubber roof and Windows. It was covered and had wheel covers to protect from UV rays.

            Fast forward…by 2006, we knew it was going to be our “fur kids” limo across the US. Our neighborhood RV shop suggested we get rid of it as soon as we arrived in NY.

            If you buy a used one, buyer beware….best to know what to look for as in interior, exterior and especially the engine. Less mileage on an older model doesn’t mean it’s a good purchase.

            Best wishes with your decision.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Cinandjules,
              Yes, very good advice! We would visit the factory if we bought new. If used, pay a professional service to *check list* any unit before buying it. So many used one out there are not up to par…it all takes time and finding the right one. We have always had an Airstream so a Class C will be very different for us. It’s good though, we are at the age where a C Class appeals to us now. Thanks for your reply!

          • Dorothy in a Born Free says:

            Pamela, I live in a 2008 27′ Born Free. I love it. Roll bars for safety and very good quality. Nothing falls apart and almost no repairs in the 7 years I have been living in it. If you can, visit the factory where you will be treated like family.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Dorothy,
              You really have confirmed what I have been reading and seeing about the Born Free. Klemper certainly has taken a real shine to them. Yes, when the time is right we will visit the factory. I, too, think that is really important to do. Dorothy, so glad to hear from you and to hear that you love your Born Free. So far they are #1 on our list for the C Class. We’ve always had an Airstream so it will be different but I think the C Class is right for us for our older ages now. I’ll tell Klemper you love yours, that will no doubt please he a lot! Thanks 🙂

          • chas anderson says:

            We have a Sunseeker from Forest River.We looked for a long time.We chose it because it has a one piece fiberglass overhang front which prevents leaks because there are no forward facing seams.I am not an expert but would advise this.Ourneighbors bought another model at the same time and it already leaks.Get the backup camera package if you can.Ours has 2 slides.One in bedroom and the usual one for the dinette.several typrs have the fiberglass one piece so you have options other than sunseeker.

            My advice on price is do not buy unless you get 22 to 27% off manufacturers sticker price.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Absolutely….haggle the price.

              We purchased ours right after 9/11. Told the salesman….it was a TOY not a necessity, offered him 20k less plus a warranty. He looked at me like you’re crazy. He watched “crazy” walk out of his showroom….and decided to follow us. Needless to say…we drove it off the lot.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Cinandjules,
              HA! You ROCKED IT! 🙂
              Yes, agree to always ask…*demand that they play at YOUR table*, lol, or you will go home. I make a pretty good deal myself. I use my Dale Carnegie skills during the deal making process. The old “If there were a way…the benefits to you would be…” It’s the classic sales and buying sandwich and a Win-Win for everyone. I use that all the time in business dealings. If that doesn’t get the sale or the buy, then Drill Down Deep. 🙂 Your 20K, Good SCORE!
              In my volunteer work for our Fallen Hero families I have made many deals for them over the years on the things they needed. One family needed car repairs on their car’s engine. Got that all done at no cost for the total repairs = to several thousand. Another family needed a swing set for their young son as a healing diversion, his Dad was KIA in the Jessica Lynch unit. I got a company to donate a full customized wooden jungle gym set for their backyard. It was so big it took the company three days to install it! Again, several thousand dollars worth donated for free to them. It’s that kind of stuff and making those deals that I love! Needless to say, when the time comes for buying I’ll *work* a good deal 🙂

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Work it babee! ?

            • Pamela K. says:

              Chas,
              All that info is sure good to know! Yes, fiberglass overhang is what I have told Klemper would be best. I have been reading a lot about that and the no overhead leaks because of that. That is a huge deal to me! Forest River puts out a nice product. Will do more research on the Sunseeker… Thanks, too, for the % figures when buying. I will def keep that in mind for sure 🙂

            • chas anderson says:

              One last thing.The Sunseeker offered swivel around passenger and drivers seats.Gives you more seating if you have company or are parked for a period of time.Also,make sure the TV sets have 12 volt capability/Some do not.

          • Biz Crate (40m from Chicago) says:

            I have a Born Free, a 2005 “new to me” 24RB. I just got it this fall and plan to ful time in it this coming spring.
            Like you I did a ton of research, agonized over price vs. size vs. quality vs. reputation and on and on until I found the perfect for me rig.
            I landed on Born Free for all the same reasons that have been mentioned.
            Good luck in your search.

            • Pamela K. says:

              BIZ,
              You totally reafirmed my thinking 🙂 Especially in the mid-2000 year models. They are a real honey to find! They sure have a nice liveable floorplan for full-timing too. As the time gets closer, the great *push* will be on to find the perfect for us one. Yours sounds Super, glad you found it 🙂

  20. weather says:

    Gosh, I enjoy pictures of your having set up camp with the comforts outside,the rug,quilt,dishes,lounger and beds placed for your little family to gather together.You make where ever you are so nice and homey for the munchkins and yourself.Lovely place,very picturesque ! I can’t tell if there are others camped off in the background.In any case,it appears private and quiet. I hope it’s been as nice for you as it looks.

    Windy drive,weary yet determined you-always makes me happy when you find a place you like and are safe and sound there.Thank you for another feel -good post 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, weather. Yes, it is very private and quiet here! I’m so anxious to tell everyone about our sweet camp that I couldn’t wait and posted a photo of it at the top of this one.

      I think a mat like my blue one is an essential item for boondocking in the desert. Without a mat down, after a few days the coarse sand outside one’s door is turned to powder and is tracked inside. And, of course, the mat makes it homey and more comfortable for the crew to lie on and for my bare feet. 🙂

      A blog post is a success if it makes someone feel good. It that someone is you, double reward!

  21. Applegirl NY says:

    It’s always good to see a new post from you after a couple of days off.

    Why is it that I find going to Walmart a chore, but when you go, I’m interested in hearing about it? LOL Human nature. As a kid I enjoyed doing the dinner dishes at a my friend’s house but hated it at home.

    I will be using your link for my holiday shopping.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m laughing out loud at you being interested in my Wal-Mart experiences, not your own. That is funny!

      Thank you for intending to shop Amazon from here. I’m building a second retirement fund on the goodness of my readers. 🙂 A place to give the BLT a rest? A tiny home? I don’t know yet, but it sure is nice to believe it’s possible!

      • Pookie in SE Texas says:

        you never know what your
        future holds Sue…..
        here in my area we have folks
        that buy a few acres of land and
        go back into the woods and never
        see them again except when they
        come out for food and such…..
        we have our house built back into
        the woods so you cant see the house
        from the road….I pity the poor soul
        that comes up my driveway that isnt
        supposed to…..HA!
        chuck

  22. mockturtle says:

    I’m with you, Sue! Walmart is where I shop! If they don’t have it, I look at Amazon. If Amazon doesn’t have it, I don’t need it. Wally’s is an RVer’s best friend, especially if [like me] you hate to shop. Everything is in one place and there’s plenty of parking space. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, mockturtle… Time spent going from store to store is time wasted. I can’t imagine going to a mall to shop. I haven’t been to one in over 20 years and I hope never to go to one again.

      I don’t like that little businesses are squeezed out by the big box stores. That’s the way it goes… Wal-Mart makes products affordable to a lot of people.

  23. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hey Ms. Sue, it was great to come home to a new blog post…..it was really needed today! It is so strange how you can make a trip to Walmart so interesting..haa. Usually my trips there are not interesting at all. The last picture you posted makes me want to be in the west and see the beauty you show us at every blog post. I feel so blessed that you take your time to share all those things with us. You bring it all to life for us all…..thank you! The new camp it so cozy and warm looking, have fun and keep the crew happy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda . . . . Always happy to reward someone for getting through a rough day. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words. We are blessed to be where we are right now. It’s exactly what I wanted to find and, I admit, was doubtful I would.

  24. Pamela K. says:

    Sue,
    I have a business question. When RVing, you hold a Dakota residence…ie perm addy and vech lic/registrations, driver’s lic. Yet you have your company in AZ. Do you have a DBA, Sub-S, C Corp? I ask because we will be activating our research company, a C Corp since 1991, once Klemper retires. I will also have my photo buttons foundation which I will convert to/or add to a Sub-S so I can do some craft fairs in retirement. I ask because I wondered, have you had any problems with having out of state living as your primary res and owning a AZ company? Just the paper trail for taxation must be miles long 🙁 I hear your pain…we, too, have to do all that right now, add traveling and WOW!).
    Anyway, any insight would be helpful. Of course when the time draws nearer, we will seek out *pro advise* for all the layers ie. tax, accounting, legal, state regs, etc.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Pamela… To whom are you addressing your comment? I don’t have an AZ company which makes me think you’re talking to someone else. Please advise.

      • Pamela K. says:

        Sue,
        I will have to do a google search again. I had searched google when I first found your blog and it kept coming up with RVSUE blog as an AZ company. Since then, all this time, I thought you and your blog were an AZ company, as in an Inc. I remembered at tax time you talked about you doing your company taxes. I remembered that because I was dreading having to do my own company taxes. Those are always due on or before March 15th where the personal taxes are due on or before April 15th. As I remember, you and I even talked about that per your Amazon income and such. We didn’t go into any details much, just thought you had a separate company for filing purposes…
        Maybe google was picking up on your host’s company location and company…or something, not sure.
        WOW! All this time I thought you and your blog were an private *Inc.* DBA rvsue and crew.

        • Pamela K. says:

          …and that your ebook with Amazon and your Amazon associations were all a part of a separate company umbrella owned by you.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I see what you mean. Amazon owns Amazon and my income from them are sales earnings, no ownership involved. It’s very simple and that’s the beauty of it!

          I don’t know why google recognized RVSue as an AZ company. Weird.

          • Pamela K. says:

            Sue,
            About AZ…
            There seems to be another person who goes by RVSUE, not you!
            She does paintings/arts/crafts, and is in AZ. That’s why Google Maps picked up on it and showed the AZ map for you at that time. I went back and Google didn’t show you in AZ this time 🙂

      • weather says:

        A couple of things to explain may help.The discussion about taxes included the details of what trying to use allowable deductions involved and how that may cause audits,etc. so just paying the tax on the income(personal income,not a company’s income) was the easiest and best decision.

        There is no book written by RVSue.An ebook is different than having Amazon sell access to a blog each month on a Kindle reader in several ways.If one writes a book that is sold as an ebook,they’re paid per sale or per page read.A monthly charge for a blog(like the current one of 99cents for rvsue and crew) would render it’s author an income of a few cents per month multiplied by the number of subscribers.

        Sue,feel free to delete this for any reason,as always.I wrote it to clarify that you had not called filing doing company taxes, to refresh the memories without your having to search old posts to find that.And to make it clear that you are a blogger,not a company using a blog as a business. It could be confusing were a person to do a google search about anyone,so I get why the whole idea came up 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, weather. You are very helpful, as usual!

          • Pamela K. says:

            Sue,
            I went back and looked for the posts that I had found before. On Amazon under the heading BOOKS, came up RVSue and her Canine Crew. It showed your photo with the crew on the cover and said it came in two ways. Kindle for $.99 per month for your blog. At that time, I didn’t know what a Kindle was except for a book reader for ebooks. So that is what formed my thinking on the whole Sue’s book thing.

            The taxes and thinking you were a business…
            On Dec 4, 2013, comments section for the post
            Rainy Day and Apache Tears…
            There were many comments about Schedule C and your not taking any business expenses on it. About self employment with Amazon, etc. And why you didn’t deduct any amounts for computer, home/office, travel miles, jet pack, etc, while you were RV traveling full-time and that whole audit spectrum…
            I knew you didn’t own Amazon, lol, but I did think you were your own *Inc.* or at least a DBA from that discussion.I came to those posts as forming my thinking that your Amazon income was as a self employed DBA and your blog as a income/business.
            Sue, sorry, I really didn’t meant to mis-speak or mis-lead. I went bAck again tonight and re-read the posts. I can see how I did come to that thinking. Glad you cleared it up for me.
            OK, enough about that…just wanted you to understand I was not stirring, but really did want your feedback about your book and your company only to find out that neither one of those is *real* was a bit of a shock. No problem and good to know.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Sorry for the typos, it’s 3:05 AM, I have been working all night catching up on my own stuff, lol. The whole income generation thing with Amazon and your blog is new to me. I guess I have always thought a state business lic filing of some kind was always needed if income was generated or recieved from it. Again, it’s all very new to me…this blog helps alot! Thanks!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              No problem, Pamela. You didn’t write anything to apologize for. I am going to delete a portion of this comment, however. That “situation” was resolved between me and the other party via email. Due to forces you are not aware of, it’s best for all who could possibly be affected that I delete. Please accept this. No reply necessary.

            • Pamela K. says:

              Sue,
              Not a problem. I understand. Glad all is well.

              Love the header photo 🙂

        • Pamela K. says:

          Thanks Weather. Your explaination helped a lot. You must be a lawyer or accountant, are you?
          If not, you would make a fine one 🙂

  25. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Glad you found a reprieve from the wind. I love that opening sunset shot! I agree with you about shopping at Walmart. The only negative (for me), is that the store is so huge. I do shop at Kroger as well, buying mostly store brands, which are just as good as the national brands. Kroger has a gas points program – shopping for groceries, gift cards (Amazon!), and Rx, save me quite a bit at the pump. Every little bit helps!

    The Lens Pen New DSLR Camera Cleaning Kit (a great kit for an awesome price), and Buddy Lee’s Born to Play Guitar CD (x2) will be popping up on your report, among other things. For all the photographers out there…the Lens Pen kit is a good tool for your bag…Amazon has the best price out there!

    A shout out to AZ Jim, Mick’nTN, and Larry in AR. Thank you for your help, advice, and guidance regarding AdBlock Plus. Thanks for recommending ABP, Jim. At first I could not locate the program or icon in IE – Larry’s step-by-step help got everything straightened out. Mick – my e-mail must have been having issues that night that the pictures would not display. Before I made the adjustments in ABP, it corrected itself – go figure. THANK YOU!

    Pamela – Just wanted to let you know that on your advice and glowing recommendation, I have ordered the small rice cooker. My little gem will be Red. I look forward to getting it and putting it through it’s paces! Did you order the cookbook that was offered? I did not, thinking that it probably had recipes based on the larger size cooker. 🙂

    Have a good night, Sue! Sending you and the adorable Crew hugs from me and my adorable Westie, Gracie pup! And let me say….Thank Goodness tomorrow is Friday – it has been a.week.at.work. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoyed your interesting comment and thanks for buying the rice cooker from Amazon here, as well as the other items. Good night to you and Gracie pup!

    • Pamela K. says:

      So glad to hear you have treated yourself to the mini rice cooker! It really is a GEM. The cookbook is something I might get, I have so many recipes already, lol. That cookbook does have sections for cooker size since the mini is so popular. The author has been with Wolfgang for many years and loved by many of us who follow him. I have been a fan for many years. BTW, that cooker only uses 200 watts. You can get an 110 power extension converter *thingie* for your cig-lighter and run it from there too if off grid 🙂 I especially liked that with no need for inside propane in my van! Win-Win BONUS! 🙂

      • Pamela K. says:

        almost forgot… they also make a travel carry bag for it. I think it is around $20.00 USD. I own two cookers and two travel carry bags. It makes for a really nice set to take with for travels and for local picnics. I used mine at a local park recently using their gazebo electric plug. Easy as pie 🙂 With such a cold Fall, hot fresh steamed food most anywhere is a Good Thing. 🙂 My kind of eating, I hate *junkie fast-food*

        • Pamela K. says:

          BTW, that cookbook is rumored to be out-of-print soon. It has been around for ages and is loved by many Wolfgang fans. If I were guessing, pure guess, it will later be replaced with another one with less photos…that seems to be a cookbook trend these days. I personally find the photos helpful when choosing a recipe to make or not. From all I’ve heard you can’t go wrong getting it 🙂

          {{{{{{RED}}}}}}… NICE!

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

    Just saw in your Post the one thing that is so different from Here, and I guess I will get used to is the price of gas. In the Picture the Gas in Parker is $2.89 per Gallon. I just Paid $1.84 in Camdenton, Mo. What a Difference. Another Difference, is Calling for snow flurries tomorrow Night. Wish I was closer to where you Are. That is what makes your post so enjoyable, the same thing that you look for in your pictures, CONTRAST.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dave,

      Snow flurries already? Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

      The sign that says $2.89 in the photo is for propane. However, I think gas pump prices are around the same. I don’t remember for sure. $1.84 a gallon is great!

      About contrast in my photos… I wish these had more. They came out dark grey because of the lateness of the hour and the backlighting. Whenever I have to add fill light in editing, contrast is lost. I like the photo anyway. It does have the atmosphere of that time of day.

      I’m glad you enjoy my blog, Dave. You can imagine being here!

  27. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    My last comment triggered an error message “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

    My first moderation error message – Whoo-Hoo! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry that happened, Denise. I don’t know why it did. You’ve been a good girl. 🙂

    • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

      Hi Denise, I have to use AlanOutAndAbout because if I split the words out the system things it is about a gay person coming out and blocks the post. Go figure.
      How is Richmond these days. I spent most of my life in Norfolk, Va Beach. Take care.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Alan,

        Richmond has grown so much in the past 25 yrs, that you might have problems finding the landmarks that you once knew. Like most urban areas, the sprawl has taken over the surrounding counties. In the “good old days” you could purchase a house in some surrounding counties for much less than others, but now there is not much price difference between localities – everything is expensive. I often wonder who can afford a $400-700K townhouse with monthly fees of $300-$600! Some must be in debt up to their ears! Like many places, one pays a premium for less! Starting to think about the future, looking to downsize has been discouraging. Full timing would not work for me…I am now researching areas that would allow tiny houses.

        The downtown Broad St area is being purchased by VCU as they expand. Some folks are not happy about that, but the areas that they are buying were blighted….so it is good to see them put to good use. Do you go back to Norfolk/VABeach much? That area has changed, too!

        How are you enjoying Death Valley NP?

        • Pookie in SE Texas says:

          Hi Denise and Alan……I have a son in Norfolk in the Navy
          and visit him and his family once a year…I love that area
          since there are so many things to do and visit that are
          close…..fishing is really great in that area…
          not sure if I would want to live there tho since there
          are so many folks there….UGH…give me the open
          spaces of Texas!
          chuck

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Thank you to your son and your whole family for his service, Chuck!

            I have not been to Texas yet. I have heard that the wild bluebells are spectacular! 🙂

            • Pookie in SE Texas says:

              Denise, if your talking about the bluebonnets yes they are
              something special……..especially out in the hill country where
              they are acres and acres of them back up in the hills….dont
              know if they spread there or if the land owner planted them….
              Texas is the place to be in the spring…
              also thanks for the thank you for my sons service….I taught him
              well…….its called reponsibility… 🙂
              chuck

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Yes, bluebells!

            • Denise - Richmond VA says:

              Bluebonnets!

            • pookieboy says:

              🙂

  28. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Oh my goodness, now Sue is a time traveler……going back in time. 😉

    I have to admit, I *hate* going to Walmart. Maybe because the only time I’m able to go is either in the evenings after getting off work or on the weekends, so I’m there with everyone else? It finally got to the point that I changed my prescriptions to another drug store because that was the only reason I was going there. If I watch for sales and stock up, I can get just as good prices at my Kroger, Publix, etc.

    I know you don’t have that luxury, but it sure did come in handy when I was snowed in for a week earlier this year! When I do hit the road (9 1/2 years and counting) I’ll probably do all my shopping at Walmart.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      I can understand you hating Wal-Mart. I do, too, at those times of day and whenever there are loads of people and not enough cashiers.

      Kroger is a good store. I used to shop there when I lived in Athens, Georgia. It was a popular store. The university students comprised a lot of its business… One would say “I’m going Krogering!”

      • Pamela K. says:

        We are lucky to have both a Walmart Superstore and a Kroger Superstore nearby. My first choice for food is Kroger, they are truly food merchants and do a fine job at it with fair prices. Then Walmart for other stuff and fill in grocery items for some cheaper stuff like can goods, never produce. My problem with Walmart is I never get out of there in the time I allot for going there. I tend to look too long at all the stuff there… It doesn’t make me spend more or less, just eats my time. 🙁
        BTW, I read on the business wires that Walmart is downsizing many of their food products and choices within their food offerings. They have already started doing it and you can see it from the shelves at our local Walmart stores. Many of their long term contract suppliers contracts are not being renewed due to pricing and product quality control issues. Their newest business plan is to offer less choices and more generic items as replacements for national brands. They hope this will help the poor qtr reports for Wall Street…

    • Pookie in SE Texas says:

      Ladybug you got it right about walmart….
      I was in walmart earlier this week at 3am
      in the morning and picked up some Nestles
      baking chips for $1.11 a pack and some Libbys
      canned veggies for 50 cents a can….can you
      say stocking up? the canned veggies are good
      for making a good hot stew in my crockpot…
      chuck

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Ladybug,
      I’m with you on the Walmart issue. Even though I am retired and can go anytime, Wally World is always a madhouse. I only go when I have specific items to get, but I never grocery shop there. Our Publix if 2 miles away and Kroger is 3 miles. When Publix has their bogo’s I really stock up, I do the same for Kroger’s 10 for 10, as that makes them cheaper than our Walmart.
      Do you mind if I ask what part of Mid-TN you are in?

  29. Sharon mueller says:

    Nice looking camping area. Have fun hope it warms up for you and the little ones

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Sharon!

      Sweet of you to wish us warmth and fun. I was thinking about the air temperature as we took the last walk of the day yesterday. The sun feels deliciously warm yet one doesn’t sweat, even with a lot of exertion. It makes hiking very enjoyable.

      I don’t know where you are… wherever that is, I wish you well. Thanks for the note.

  30. AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump, Pahrunp, Pahrump says:

    Dearest Sue and all the blogerinos. I am truly sorry for the things I said previously. It wasn’t warranted. I have a trigger reaction to some things and I need to learn how to control it. I know the comments that set me off weren’t meant to be taken in the way I did. Again I am truly sorry .

    On a happier note. Scamper my lost aby cat is back. He was at the old campground. One of the neighbors tracked me down at my new campground and told me he was there. It took a while for him to overcome his fear but he finally got close enough I could grab him. He is home now and all is well. Thank you Cindy for your support you were right he had climbed into an open storage compartment and it was then closed. Even after I had trained him to not go into storage compartments. But that’s an aby for you, obstinate and curious to a fault.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      I accept your apology and welcome you back! I can’t speak on behalf of the blogorinos to whom you addressed your remarks, but I’m pretty sure you can count on their forgiveness, too. 🙂

      What great news! You found your cat! You must’ve been “over the moon” when you were reunited. I’m very happy for you.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      So glad you’re both back!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

        I had been in a state of denial, not really believing he was gone. But as time went by I was not expecting him to be found. It took about an hour to get him to come to me. It was dark and a bunch of other people were there looking for him and he’d just keep running off. After everyone else had gone back in I just sat about 20 feet away and talked to him. He eventually calmed down and approached me, when he got close enough I grabbed him by the tail and hugged him to my chest. It was then that it all came rushing in on me and I gave a little cry in relief.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Tears of joy!

          Meh thinks he needs to be re-trained on the storage bins!

          • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

            I think he has learned his lesson. I think he was in there for a couple of weeks. I am taking the couple that told me he was found to dinner tonight. He was the one that let him out. Once I found out when he was released I will know how long. But he went missing on Oct 22nd.
            I will open a storage bin to see if he will go in. I might even try to put him in to see what he does.

    • DesertGinger says:

      Glad you are back Alan. I never saw your remarks but whatever they were, who cares? You are part of the family.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Very happy for you and Scamper, Alan. You have made many positive contributions to this blog, IMHO

      I’m running a Fuji X-M1 now!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

        Fuji is an excellent company. I have used their film cameras for years. They aren’t as expensive as the Nikons but their lenses are second to none and their Lens coating technology is the industry standard. They somehow use electron beams to control the thickness of the coating. If you re going to buy a camera buy it from a company that is in the business of making cameras and lenses, they care more about quality. With the advent of digital a lot of companies started selling cameras but they don’t design or make them so you just don’t know what you are getting.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          Alan, so glad you and your Aby have been reunited.

          • AlanOutandAbout - Pahrump says:

            Thank you, he wouldn’t even leave the rv today. Usually he jumps out at the first opportunity.

        • Mick'nTN says:

          I don’t want to use RvSue’s blog for a camera discussion but just a quick point about the new “mirror-less” cameras. The space where the mirror was on SLR cameras means there is room for an adapter; so old (cheap on Ebay) 35mm film lenses can be easily adapter to the new mirrorless cameras … and you don’t use the outer area of the lens so the image has less aberrations. You lose the auto focus and image stabilization features.
          I have a Canon 50mm f1.4 for my X-M1. (Acts like a 35mm)

          • Denise - Richmond VA says:

            Hi, Mick,

            How do you like your Fuji? I currently shoot with a Canon 60D, and still have my Minolta film SLR. The Fuji is appealing because of its low weight factor. How does it handle low light conditions? Thanks for the info on the converter. Switching systems (FF or other) gives me pause, as I am already invested in the Canon lenses. On the other hand, the Fuji lenses are lighter, too…. (A dog chasing it’s tail moment…window shopping is fun!). Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Any areas where performance falls short? 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      So happy that your baby was found! Happy, joyful news! 🙂

  31. Stan Watkins says:

    Well I guess it’s too late now but, have you ever been to the Blythe Intaglias. They are huge pictures scraped out of the ground by Native Americans ages ago. Similar to the Nazca Lines in Peru. Here’s the link to the BLM website page. Google Images has good pics also. http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/cultural/intaglios.html If I’ve crossed a line by posting this link. Please delete and I will understand.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Stan,

      No, I’ve never been to the Blythe Intaglios. I saw the place indicated on my map. It’s the nature of my lifestyle that I often drive by “places of interest” because finding our camp is higher priority.

      Thank you for posting the link. Very interesting . . .

      For general knowledge for blogorinos… I don’t mind links posted that are of interest to many. However, in the past I have objected to links of the type — “Hey, everybody! Go take a look at this blog! Here’s a link. It’s great!”

      This strikes me as odd since I’ve never seen someone post a link to another blog in any comment on any of the blogs I’ve ever read. On forums, yes, it’s appropriate there. I feel like I’m putting on a party and one of my guests announces there’s a better party up the street. 🙂

      It would be better if people write about a great blog (I’m all for helping other bloggers!) that they leave out the link.

      Sending readers to another blog affects my Amazon income. Sending them to an interesting link doesn’t. I welcome links to interesting sites.

      It’s not a big deal . . . It’s more a pet peeve of mine.

  32. Bob says:

    Really like your new Desert Campsite Glow photo. You should make it your headline photo …. IMHO, either way really nice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Bob! I’d love to have it as a header photo.

      The dimensions are wrong. I have oodles of pics that would look great at the top, but they don’t fit. I’ve even looked for a different theme (format) that allows a “squarer” header… didn’t find one I liked.

      later…. Because of your comment, Bob, I tried again and found out that a recent update allows different dimensions for header photos. Voila! A big thank you to you!

  33. Jeff Agueda says:

    Well, hmm. I am currently still boondocking in St George and see that the mild temps are due to cease around November 25th. I was going to bee-line it to Quartzite to stay warm, but now you have me concerned about the crowds there, ha-ha. Perhaps I will look into other options.? Thanks as always for your helpful information. It really helps full time newbies such as myself.
    Have a wonderful day Sue.
    Jeff

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jeff!

      Sometimes I give a wrong impression about something and it looks like I’ve gone and done it again!

      Quartzsite right now probably wouldn’t be considered crowded by most people. The Big Tent and big crowds arrive in late January.

      The road through Q is a popular route with RVers. I try to go places where the PTV/BLT won’t be recognized. It’s a loner thing. Don’t avoid Q based on anything I write!

      Yes, if you want to stay warm, it’s time to head south. . . Good luck finding another great camp. You have a wonderful day, too.

      • Jeff Agueda says:

        Oh I don’t feel like you gave a poor impression of Quartzite at all. I am just also not into crowds of people. I have a few more days of decent weather to figure out where my next landing spot will be. Thank you for everything, I really appreciate it.
        Jeff

        • Bill & Ann, AZ says:

          Go a few more miles down the road to KOFA; Crystal Hill, Palm Canyon Rd, or King Rd. Nice areas and no crowds so far.

  34. kgdan lvg Wapato,WA says:

    Leaving our beautiful abode this morning; strapped in a seat on Allegiance airlines headed home for a short visit. Lucky hubby gets to stay in Laughlin. Hopefully the home front will be peaceful & fun as well.

  35. rvsueandcrew says:

    NOTE ABOUT COMMENTS “HELD FOR MODERATION”

    There are four reasons (that I know of) that can cause a comment not to appear.

    1) The comment has 3 or more links in it. This is a common feature of SPAM and thus multiple links activate my spam filter.

    2) I’ve blocked the person and their URL from my blog, commonly known as “being on my sh*t list.”

    3) A new reader chooses to go by a name that is similar to the name of someone blocked from my blog.

    4) I recently updated the JetPack program (that influences various aspects of my blog). Dang updates! Whenever I update it results in something going wrong — email notifications don’t work or comments are held for moderation.

    I apologize for the inconvenience and annoyance.

  36. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Good Morning Sue, coffee is ready, how about yours? Enjoy the sun on your campsite today, going to be another beautiful day here. I have friends that are taking their new trailer to the beach for the weekend, so guess who is going there for a visit? Yep, me. I am going to plant my butt in the sand and watch the birds and people fly by. Hopefully, I will make it for breakfast..I already placed my order. It is supposed to hit 80 on the beach..I am not sure about the wind factor, but the sun factor will be a 10. I am not going to take my RV this weekend, I do not want to rain on their parade with their new trailer, after Thanksgiving will be my time and then I can cook breakfast for them if they want to come to visit. There should be a lot of people at the beach this weekend since the weather is still so great. I had Tuesday off for some dental work and on my way home from the dentist, I made sure to go down Pacific Coast Highway for a topless cruise. It was warm and wonderful, and then went and got Laura and we went to Bolsa Chica Wetlands to stare at the birds…it was fun watching the Bird Coast Guard fishing (Pelicans) and diving into the water…what a big splash they make when they hit face first…great day. So enjoy your day and all your sand and that lovely border around your site, I love it no matter what anyone says, it works in so many ways. Pats to the puppies. I will be off to my weekend then! bye…. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re enjoying the beach as I type this… Lucky you! I know you will have a grand day. One of the best “borders” in the world is ocean surf. 🙂

      It’s fun reading your newsy comment. Thanks for sharing with us, Shirlene.

  37. Joyce Sutton says:

    I have a 99 class c 30 ft. No over cab leaks. Owned a 94 24 ft prior, no over cab leaks . Before that an 87 no over cab leaks, and a 72 with none. Did knock the ac off with a low limb on the 72. And did tear the awning off the same way. Learned better about that stuff. The current one ,99, had some damage prior to our purchase on the rear. We have the roof serviced each season at our local dealer. They go over it reseal , caulked etc. we can no longer walk around up there and have ceased to use any rooftop storage Have missed the pod we had on the 72, but got used to its absence finally. Dealer recommends we replace this one next year but want to eek another yr if possible.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joyce,

      I’m sure your experience with used Class Cs will be appreciated by Pamela and others in the market for one. You haven’t had problems with cab-over leaks and my guess the reason for that is your attention to preventative maintenance. “We have the roof serviced each season at our local dealer. They go over it, reseal, caulked……”

      I wish you another good year with your rig!

      • Joyce Sutton says:

        Sue maintenance is never a bad thing. I don’t wash much lol but other stuff worth paying for. We are keeping gkids in school right now so don’t use in winter. So we are also paying to have professionally winterized. Our friend say not worth the extra , do it your self but last year a couple old pipes give up from age. They were replaced free for both parts and labor. This next yr will be a biggy on the actual automotive ends. We are looking at brakes and changing transmission fluid. yep makes a difference in climbing mtns. Going for a big redo on generator also.

  38. Jordan says:

    Hi Sue,
    I am impressed with how you have learned to find boondocks. You make it look so easy, but I’m not at your level of expertise yet! I hope my skills improve quickly. I may have to pull up stakes at my lovely first boondock – looks like the weekend ATV’ers are moving in! I didn’t want to have to move yet. ? I may look farther up the road i’m on for something less appealing to them. I really don’t want to move far & try to find a spot somewhere else until i do some research on where to look & how to find. Oh well, i guess that’s how things roll when one is living the good life! Enjoy your new camp. It is lovely! Off to get some groceries! (I’ll be hitting the Wal-mart myself so i hope you left some supplies for me! ?). Best to you & the puppers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jordan,

      Your skills WILL improve quickly, I’m sure. You will learn to analyze places for evidence of ATV activity. Rarely can one get completely away from it. However, some places are better than others.

      If you want suggestions, let me know the general area you want to go. If you don’t want suggestions, I understand. I like to find “my own” places. When people give me a suggestion, I go somewhere else! Anyway… I’m here for you.. . as well as the blogorinos.

      You can bet Wal-Mart stockers were hard at work after I left.

      • Jordan says:

        Thanks Sue,

        I’d love some suggestions. I’m going to stay in the Parker area at least through early next week so i can get mail. I’m open to suggestions around Parker & even between there & Lake Havasu City. I’m currently out off of Shea Rd (a BIG ATV area!). I was going to go look farther out on Shea on my way back from Wally World but they have the road closed right now due to a “hazard” – emergency crew guy wouldn’t say what kind of hazard. Said it could be a couple of hours before it was opened again. Great.

        Probably won’t get to move today so will have to endure till tomorrow. ?. Thanks for leaving a few things for me at Walmart! I splurged & thought i’d try one of the smoothies you mentioned earlier for $1.94. Just so i don’t get hooked on them!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Okay, suggestions… hmm…. Around Parker it’s almost impossible to get away from ATVers.

        1) About 10 miles north of Parker on 95, Bill Williams area on the right side of road. You’ll see RVs from the road. There are two entrances. Do not go far back as the roads deteriorate.

        2) Big River area that Sidewinder Pen mentioned above.

        3) Crossroads Campground (I’ve never been here, don’t know if it’s good). Get directions and info at this BLM page. (Scroll down)

        BLOGORINOS… Any suggestions?

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          I’m not sure what you mean by “Bill Williams area” as I only know that as a wildlife refuge. But if you mean “the Terraces” (a terraced area on the east side of 95, not far north of Bill Williams), that’s no longer an easy boondocking option. Apparently it has been bought by the state, and you need to apply for a permit, after which you can camp there once per year for 14 days. I don’t know the details of getting a permit, but it doesn’t strike me as an easy boondock anymore (folks used to stay there much of the winter).

          There are a number of boondocks further up toward Lake Havasu City. They aren’t what I would call primo, but they are convenient to town and the weather is good. There are a few established places (Standard Wash, for example) and also many places you can just drive off 95 to the east and pick a spot (in the vicinity of where there is a scenic overlook on the west side of the road).

          There is also Craggy Wash on the north side of town, east of 95. There is a 1.5 mile in on a good, though unpaved road, after which you find a sort of “group boondocking” area (I know, shudder!), but then you an drive on up the wash and get somewhat more privacy. The same goes for Standard Wash south of town, although it is not as “long” as Craggy. But I consider these “convenience camps” if you have things to do in town and also want good weather at this time of year. Still, they are the kind of place I would have sought out as a beginner just because…. you have to start somewhere and they ease you in to finding your own spots.

          The place I mentioned across from Parker (across the river to the west and then south on the road on the other side) that was called “Big Water” BLM seemed nice. Another one where you could poke your way back in and find at least a semblance of privacy. I only stayed one night so not able to really judge it. Fairly convenient to Parker though.

          As you can probably tell, I started out “easy,” by simply finding relatively established boondocks, and then branched out as I gained a bit of know-how in finding places.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I wasn’t talking about the terraces. My calling it Bill Williams area was misleading. I meant the ones “further up the road” across from the scenic overlook.

          • Jordan says:

            Thanks Sue & Sidewinder Pen for the suggestions! After my excitement yesterday of being held captive in town for 5 hours after i finished my shopping due to a bomb threat along the road out to my campsite, i don’t know how i could leave! Things are just starting to get interesting here! ?. I will check out some of the areas you both suggested for my next move. I’m hoping the ATV’ers will be heading home Sunday to cook their turkeys!

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              A bomb threat down near Q or Parker? Now that’s unexpected. Glad all is well now (since you are commenting, I’m guessing it is).

            • Jordan says:

              Parker. Not sure what it ended up being. Yeah, i was surprised too, but that’s what the police officer said it was & the bomb squad was brought in i think from Lake Havasu. Such excitement. The ATV’s are here in mass today. Do they typically leave on Sunday? How about with the holiday next week? Any one have insight on their activities?

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Jordan,

              Not sure if you will see this, but I’d say that Saturday and Sunday usually have much more ATV activity. Not only are there more campers, but some people just bring ATV’s on trailers and ride them around, going through the camping areas (non-campers).

              This next week is probably up for grabs, being a holiday week (groan), so likely not the usual pattern.

  39. Quartzsite isn’t at its crowded/crazy/I-want-to-start-shooting-people level yet. Still rather mellow and traffic-free. The first vendors have set up on Kuehn St. A BLM guy came around this morning to hand out permits, because there’s no camp host yet. Easy parking and no checkout line at the General Store. The interchange at the west end of town and the McDonald’s/Pilot parking lot are nowhere near the impossible quagmires they’ll be soon. So it’s sort of a decent time to be here—unless you want solitude.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great information, Al! Thanks for sharing it here.

      You mentioned the BLM guy came around but did say around where. If you are so inclined, please share what place you were referring to for anyone who is looking for a place to camp (especially for new-to-Q folks).

  40. Kitt NW WA says:

    Sue,

    Love the ethereal feeling to the first picture! This is one you could frame for your someday sticks and bricks retreat. Stunning.

    We had the first hard frost last night so all was sparkling in the sunshine this morning. I think winter is finally sneaking up on us. Last winter was so mild and this one is supposed to be mild as well, we may not have too many of these really cold nights.

    Kitt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kitt,

      I’m surprised by the positive responses to that first photo. Thank you!

      It’s nice that you’ve had mild weather, gradually turning to winter soon.

  41. AZ Jim says:

    Being “first” is a fleeting honor. It lasts but a day and then it’s gone leaving yesterdays winner just a member of the choir thereafter. It’s the long run that is of more importance. Remember it was the tortoise that won the race. Alright so I am jealous, big deal, sue me. Hi Missy and little guys.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim . . . . You are a special blogorino who doesn’t hesitate to stand up in support of me and my blog and who is “in it” for the long run. That makes for a cyber-friendship of gold. This Missy is grateful.

  42. DesertGinger says:

    Hi everyone! I’ve been so caught up in trying to write for the Knife I haven’t been around. Hope everyone is doing great. We did a team effort on the Paris attacks story that was so fun. Love my team..

    Absolutely love the sunny desert camp! I don’t know why but I have always been drawn to the desert.

    Got to get back to work. Later gators.

  43. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue!

    Insomnia has had me awake the past couple hours. What to do? Catch up on your blogorinos comments and start a load of laundry! The thermometer on my patio shows that it is 28 degrees! Since Gracie had a later than usual pottie run last night, I plan to stay snuggled in bed under warm quilts for a couple more hours…..

    Hope you and all of the blogorinos have a great day! 🙂

  44. ? arriving late again, but loved the photos and the shopping and finding such a good site to view the stars! Read all the comments too! Wow! Lists of comments! Sorry to be late to the party! Bug the crew from us!

  45. Cheryl O. (WA state) says:

    Good morning,

    It’s a crisp 30 deg here. I put a heater in my trailer last night. I still need to put the Reflectix in places for better insulation. I guess it would help if I bought some first. ; )
    Reading everybody’s comments is keeping me glued to my computer more so. I’m enjoying the boondocker conversations. Some day I’ll be out there. After 28 years on the job, I’m ready now, but I’m hoping end of next year to hit the road. There’s a lot to do between now and then.

    Have a warm day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl O.,

      “After 28 years on the job,” you’ve earned your retirement! Good luck taking care of all that needs to be done before your launch date. The year will pass quickly . . . 🙂

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