The stuff you find along a less traveled road

Friday, August 18 – Thursday, August 24

Our camp at Pelican Fishing Access Site on the Yellowstone, Grey Cliff, Montana

Every day around 6 p.m., a raptor flies over our camp to alight on a snag nearby.  From that vantage point, she/he has a clear view of the river and the grassy field next to our camp.

I won’t be able to get a good picture from this distance. Maybe it will be good enough for identification.

One morning the crew and I board the Perfect Tow Vehicle.

“Let’s check out some more fishing access sites.”

Reggie and Roger approve of this suggestion because they know it means a new place to explore for morning walk.

As we ride out of Pelican FAS onto the gravel road, I look up.

“Hey, I think that’s the same bird.”

On top of a tall pole with a cross beam is a large nest.  In that nest sits what appears to be our daily visitor.  (According to readers, it’s an osprey.)


I step outside the PTV and take these photos.

Then when I turn to join the crew in the PTV, something moves across the field.

Hmm . . . I get the feeling this is going to be an interesting morning . . . .

We cross the railroad tracks and turn left onto Frontage Road.

It’s a two-lane, paved road with no traffic this early.  The traffic is on the interstate, running parallel to us.  The road takes us past more fields of dry grass.

Oh, a historical marker . . . .

Let’s see . . . He was 78 when he found the grave. . . .  and here it is.  What possessed those people back then to take such risks? . . . to be in such gorgeous country and yet still push onward . . . .

“Okay, okay, you’ll get out soon.  I promise.”

I start up the PTV and we continue on our way.

Beyond the settlement of Quebec, I turn left at the sign for Bratten FAS.   (I know, I know, the arrow points to the right.  I took the photo of the other side.)

Who knows, maybe this will be our next camp.  

Over the railroad tracks again, down the gravel road toward the river, we come to the familiar message board regarding fees to camp.

Oh no, another fishing access site camping fee of $18 for out-of-state people without a fishing license, like me. Well, this is not going to be our next camp.  That’s for sure!

I park in the gravel space next to the vault toilet house.

As soon as I get out, Reggie and Roger hop and jump back and forth from the passenger’s seat to the driver’s seat.

“Ooh, two happy boys!  You’re gonna’ love this!”

I snap their suits onto the ends of the tether, lift them to the ground, and we take off.

Boaters are congregated around the boat ramp and there’s one camper in the tiny campground of about five campsites.

We avoid all that and walk up the road the way we came in.

“Here’s a good place for our walk!”

Through the field we go, past the cluster of trees on our left.  A train wails by us (at right, out of frame in above photo).

We reach another broad field bordered on one side by the Yellowstone River.  Beyond the river are low hills.

All of a sudden horses emerge from the dense woods and trot over to us!

Oh, boy, what beauties!

I very much want them to come up to me where we can meet calmly!

But nooooooo . . . . Not gonna’ happen. 

Roger and Reggie have to protect me from these big creatures.  They flip into a frenzy of frantic barking and caterwauling . . .  It’s a wonder they don’t jump right out of their suits!

The horses look perplexed by these little, crazy critters making such a big fuss.

I back Reg and Rog away to a point where they settle down.  Horses look at us.  We look at horses.

They lose interest in us and do what horses often do . . . graze.  Except for the one, the most gregarious of the bunch, the one who led the rest to visit us.

The moment passes and we all head toward whence we came.

Taking photos of horses is fun.  Besides, a blog about Montana has to include horses!

The crew and I return to the PTV.  

I reach down to lift Roger.

“Roger!  What did you do?  Oh, honey, you rolled in stink!”

I rummage around in the PTV and find an old rag and a bottle of Windex.

Well, this will have to do .  . .

“Hold still, Buster.  You can’t go home all stinky . . . ”

More about this day in the next post.


NOTE:  Recently a reader announced plans to go to the Southwest from Virginia to tent camp beginning in October.  I couldn’t give any advice because I’ve never camped in a tent as an adult.  Several of my readers are avid tent campers.  I invite you tenters to share your knowledge and experience in the comments section.  What equipment is essential?  Where to camp in the winter?  Any tips?  I’m sure your suggestions will be appreciated.  — Sue


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92 Responses to The stuff you find along a less traveled road

  1. Claudia says:

    Good evening Sue and crew!

  2. Cat Lady back home in Central City, La says:

    Top 10?

  3. Joy says:

    Love the animals

  4. Diann in MT says:

    Hi, Sue,
    Thanks for informing me about the grave site. Believe it. I have never noticed it. I will explore. Kinda funny that Bratten requires a fee and Pelican isn’t. Hmmm.
    Well, because of your amazing exploration skills, you found an interesting trail. So grateful.
    Hope you are in a safe and secluded place for the upcoming holiday.
    The bird is an osprey. One of my favorites.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      It is curious that some of the FAS camping have a substantial fee for camping (like Grey Bear and Bratten) and others are free (like Big Rock and Pelican).

      Yes, we are in a fantastic spot for Labor Day Weekend! I think this is probably one of my top five favorite camps. I was so excited that we could camp here for 16 days, next to this lovely brook, and then this morning I see that the ranger posted a sign…. Campground closes on the 5th, gate locked at 2:30 p.m. 🙁

      Thanks for identifying the osprey. I may insert that somewhere in the post.


  5. Calvin Rittenhouse says:

    Beautiful horse pictures! Beautiful pictures in general, and a good story, too.

    The best advice to the tent campers is, if they are inexperienced, to do at least a couple of local trips first. That way, they can understand their own camping style.

    Also, get a bigger and better tent than you would need for casual camping. You will find yourself (or yourselves) more stressed by small spaces than you would in a week or two of camping. That might be lessened if you will be doing things away from camp often. I will be getting about 10′ x 10′ for just myself. Pay attention to weather-worthiness and durability, too. Fiberglass poles break easily. Typical nylon fabric doesn’t last long without UV treatment as well as waterproofing. Make sure you can use guy lines and stakes to keep your tent up in the winds that are common in the Southwest in winter. Upgrade from the box store brands to at least Coleman, Eureka, or that level. Browning makes good light tents, and people who use canvas (Kodiak or Springbar) swear by them. Canvas tents are much heavier and require different care, but people literally pass them down through generations.

    Beyond the tent, if you already camp, you know most of what you need. If not, it’s probably better to get the minimum (sleeping pad, blankets or a sleeping bag rated for twenty degrees or so, stove, kitchen gear, dishes, folding table, chairs) and plan to add to that when you find yourself needing something. You will probably need a heater before the winter’s over, but that choice depends on several variables. I’m sure others will have more or different ideas, but that’s my approach.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      Nice hearing from you again. I hope you have enjoyed the summer so far. 🙂

      Great comment! This is the sort of information I hoped readers would share. Very helpful, detailed, and with sound advice. Thank you for taking the time to write it.

      • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

        I’d be glad to help. One other note: what I’ll probably be using is a minivan with a hatch tent. That’s a specialized kind of tent camping, but I have experience with it and I love it.

        • rvsueandcrew says:
          • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

            In my case, I want the Rightline or something similar. That’s how I get stand-up headroom in a van, along with lots of storage space and a potential bathroom.

        • MB from VA says:

          I wanted a van too…..and one of those tents. But my sweet pick-up will have to do for now. It has taken me where I want to go and done the “heavy lifting” (I worked as a boarding stable/farm manager for about 12 years.) for a long time now. 🙂

          • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

            Within some limits, Napier Sportz makes a tent that will attach to a pickup with a cap. The Rightline linked above might also do that.

    • MB from VA says:

      Thank you Calvin! I am the one about whom Sue spoke. I got a Coleman weather tech tent. I can’t remember which. It was a little smaller than I had thought to get but since I’ve never dealt with a tent, I thought I’d best keep it simple at first. I have the other essentials you mentioned except a sleeping bag. That is on the list for this month. I have lived very simply and “small” for several years now in anticipation of a traveling lifestyle. Things didn’t work out as planned for an RV of some kind. But I SO need to get away. So, I’m going with a tent for awhile.

      Thank you again for taking the time to reply. And thank you Sue for adding the postscript to your blog post. Beautiful horses, by the way…..but aren’t they all. From the sound of what happened, they are used to good treatment from the humans in their lives. Always good to see. 🙂

      • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

        I recommend starting with the essentials so that you don’t end up with a lot of clutter as some tent campers do. Some people use a cargo trailer to pull all their camping gear! Not me. Also, I’m one of the very few tent campers who uses a blanket rather than a sleeping bag. You can work that out for yourself.

        • MB from VA says:

          Funny you should say that…..I was thinking of my seriously warm down comforter. In fact, I have two. I did get an air mattress. I’m thinking that as long as I can get a good night’s sleep, I can deal with most anything.

          • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

            MB: I don’t know if you’re male or female, but if the latter, I would suggest some type of porta potty. We used to tent camp a lot and there is something about the cold that makes me need to pee more often (sorry guys, you can stop reading right now). I think it’s safer and more convenient to take care of business in your tent and empty it out in the morning than trying to stumble around in the dark outside your tent. Good luck!!

            • MB from VA says:

              Already have a Luggable Loo! At my time of life….I get up several times/night. You are so right! I really don’t want to be going outside every time.

      • Dawn in Mi says:

        I would be very intetested in how it goes as I’ve considered doing this too. Tenting. I camp now but just for fun. Wondering about longer trips.

  6. Pat from Mich. says:

    5th? Just got home and saw this. Those are very nice horses! Hope you destunk Roger Sue!

  7. BJ says:

    I can share on your bird picture – that is an osprey – they are fish eaters — so the close waterway makes perfect sense.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, BJ,

      That osprey has an ideal perch on that snag for sighting fish below. I hoped to see him/her swoop down for the catch but never did. Diann in MT says there are lots of ospreys along the river at this time of year. Thanks for confirming the ID.

  8. VictoriaEP formerly in Estes Park says:

    Yup, sure looks like a big stink on Roger’s head! I’ve never understood why dogs do that…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Victoria….And the stinkier it is, the better they like it!

      • Hi Sue, Piper tries to roll, but I stop her with a NO! and she stops, she is doing real good at listening to my commands and she gets a “good girl” with a scratch,,,, Rusty n Piper

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good girl, Lady Piper!

          I didn’t see Roger roll in stink so I couldn’t stop him. I must’ve been looking at the horses or had the camera up to my face. 🙂

  9. Dear Bloger from back East, It will be Awful Hot in Southern Arizona till the end of October, but it wiil be cool above 7000 ft and to the North of the Muggyon Rim, say from Show Low to Flagstaff,,,, I know, we don’t go home to my Winter Camp till November on the Colorado River near Lake Havasu City, Arizona,,,,,,, Rusty n Piper 😎👣🐾

    • Chuck says:

      Good hearing from you, Rusty. Give Piper an extra hug from Radar n Tater !

      • Hey Chuck, Piper says thanks and to give Radar and Tater a pat from her , so how are you and the misses doing? , we are camped in the Cinder Cone OHV area overnight, 12 miles NE of Flagstaff, tomorrow shopping at Walmart and Down to Mingus Mountain Campground,,,, Rusty n Piper 😎🐾

    • MB from VA says:

      Thank you Rusty! That actually makes me very happy. There are places I want to re-visit that are in northern AZ/southern UT but I was afraid it would be too cold. If I can spend a couple weeks up there and then slip south, I will be…..I gotta say it…….a “happy camper”! 🙂

  10. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Wow! Knowing how much you enjoy horses…it must have been a thrill as you watched them approach! How neat!

    Omg I laughed at the photo of “stink” on Rog’s head! It doesn’t look like “dead” more like “poo”. Rog,”Ya know Sue…can you just get this off my head….a photo….REALLY” His expression is classic…

    Baby diaper wipes come in handy…for you and the crew! Walmart has them in the baby section…a resealable package of 72 wipes for 97 cents. We use them if AO has cling ons or does the dreaded choo choo scoot! The other wet ones have anti bacterial liquid in it.

    The silly crew….enjoying life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was a treat for me to see those horses trotting toward us. All my life I’ve wanted a horse. That never happened. That day was the first time I realized that I know longer want a horse. Took me over six decades! Ha!

      I’ve had bad luck with wipes drying out. Maybe I should give those you mention a try.

      • Karen in Pacific NW says:

        “Huggies Natural Care Baby Wipes Clutch N Clean Carrying Case” Wipes drying out can be a problem but there is a handy solution to the issue that I have by my bed, in the bathroom and in the tow vehicle. This is a terrific product that I have been using for the last 4 years without any issues of drying out. They sell them on Amazon and in many grocery stores in the baby wipes aisle. Nice looking and very durable too. It has a strap for hooking around things or carrying on your wrist or looping through a carabiner clip. Perfect for cleaning up fingers those roasted chicken snacks 🙂 Excellent for taking into a public restroom.

      • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

        We use the parent’s choice (Walmart brand I believe) it has a snap lid..72 wipes for 97 cents. Haven’t had any problems with them drying out…even here in AZ.

        On a funny note…they did freeze back in NY! Once it thawed…good as new!

        Whatever brand you decide on…….

        • Calvin Rittenhouse says:

          It seems to me the snap lid flexible package holds the moisture better than the hard box I just finished. That’s counter-intuitive for me, but experience is what counts.

      • Jan NH says:

        I also have issues with drying out but find adding a bit of water to the container brings them back to life.

  11. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Haha! Poor Roger !!! Glad Reggie had the good sense to stay away from poo! Let’s hope that is one trick Roger doesn’t teach Reggie!
    Beautiful photographs! You are really an excellent photographer Sue! I am proud of you! We loved this post! Thank you for taking us along! Hugs to the crew and (((Sue))) hugs to you too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Geri, for complimenting this post and my photos. You may have noticed that the backgrounds are blurry/out of focus. That’s actually smoke.

      Hugs to y’all, too!

  12. Chuck says:

    Thanks for the horse pix !!! And great ones they are along with all the others. FYI horses and llamas do not get along. Takes a lot of training for them to get along! Love the ospry we have one that we usually see going across the bridge to Apalachicola.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      Thanks re the photos. I’m glad you enjoyed them.

      No, I didn’t know that about llamas and horses. What I also don’t know is the difference between alpaca and llamas. I need to look that up.

      Also interesting that your osprey use the bridge when they want to go to Apalachicola. (hee-hee, read what you wrote… teasing you!).

  13. Dawn in Asheville says:

    As always enjoyed the post and pics! What is it with dogs and rolling in stink – LOL! And what is it with the campground closing?! That’s grumbly grumbles, for sure.

    Juno has been all sealed up now and back for me to continue working on – I had hoped to leave mid-Sept for a two month trip out to Denver, but now looks like end of the month before I’m ready. Still have some major projects to accomplish and she’s going to be another week at the mechanics while they run down a few last minor issues. Sigh, I’m sort of in the never-ending project mode – yet, I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel (and just crossing my fingers it ain’t a train – grin).

    Course after the devastation down in Texas gas prices will be up for awhile, so maybe it’s good I’ve been delayed. I have family right down on the coast, but they ended up in this bubble where everyone around them was flooded and under evacuation but their little city stayed perfectly passable with nothing to remark on. Couldn’t have been a better situation. Certainly hope all your readers, and their friends and family are safe as well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I’m sorry your Denver trip has been delayed. Maybe I shouldn’t be… Often delays turn out to be the best thing that could’ve happened.

      Thank God your family was spared the heartache and headache that so many around them are experiencing.

      Yeah, disappointing that the campground is closing so soon. I’m taking the same attitude I mentioned regarding your delay…. It may turn out to be a blessing!

  14. Rocky Mtn Bob says:

    Tent campers beware, bears are getting ready for winter and they will tear things apart looking for food. Already incidents here in Colorado.
    Beware of Mountain Lion in certain areas and especially if you have small dogs with you.

  15. Karen in Pacific NW says:

    When tent camping in the desert always check inside your shoes before you put them on and give them a good shake, scorpions 🙁
    Or better yet do not to leave your shoes on the floor at bedtime unless they are in a zippered pouch, easy prevention measure.

  16. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Love the horse photos! It’s always a grand day when you have an encounter with a horse.

    Seeing the osprey on the nest was pretty cool.

    Another great campground find!

    Tell Roger he needs to act civilized now that he’s no longer wild. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ValGal,

      The civilizing of Roger is an ongoing project! I’m pleased you enjoyed the horse pics. 🙂

  17. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    It gets cold at night in the desert. Wearing a stocking cap to bed helps keep your body’s warmth in.

    • MB from VA says:

      Thank you Linda. I gladly take advice about cold weather from a woman from Minnesota! I have good cold weather clothes from my years as a farm manager. The horses don’t care how cold it is….they want to be fed! 🙂

  18. Susan says:

    A hammock is nice for tent camping as a place to relax in the afternoon. Pee bucket for tent is useful for us older ladies. Good headlamp. Can also be used for reading in tent. Handi wipes. Solar shower you can buy at any sporting goods store. Can be used for a quick bath but also super useful just to fill up and have extra water hanging that is easy to get to for cooking, cleaning up, etc…Solar lights are nice too.

    • MB from VA says:

      Thanks Susan! All great ideas. I love hammocks but will be using a zero gravity chair. I was talking about Sue’s and a friend of mine bought me one. I have the most supportive friends. They are concerned for me, of course…..but knowing what has gone on in my life since 2008, the same friend said, “My only real fear for you is that you won’t go.” What a gift true friendship is, huh?

  19. Terri with Edgar and Joy and Zamish and Nap and husband, Bret in Tx. says:

    Love the horse pics. I have a friend who started riding for the first time ever when she was 65. That was was 10 years ago and she is still going strong and loves her horse. Stinky Roger looks happy! Cleaning with Windex reminds me of the character in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding who used Windex for everything! Oh, I love it when you throw in a bit of history! Loved the historical marker! Thanks!
    Take care!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I see my earlier reply to you disappeared. Hi, Terri…. I’ll try to include more historical bits in future posts. Often I zip right by those markers, intent upon reaching our destination.

  20. chas anderson says:

    Lots of tent camping in the Southwest obviously.I have tent camped Death Valley numerous times when my kids were young.Reliably warm down on the valley floor even in January.Lots of dirt roads off the main pavement easily accessible.

    Closer to East Coast Big Bend NP has lots of easily accessible backcountry sites.From Big Bend to Presidio TX along river are also a lot of fishing/boat access areas with tent sites.

    • MB from VA says:

      Thanks Chas! I had not thought of Death Valley! But, I had thought of Big Bend. That is one park I have not been to but would love to visit! I really do appreciate the in-put! Have a great day!

      • chas anderson says:

        Also, Joshua Tree.The drive from Death Valley to Joshua Tree has a lot of free camping (Kelso dunes etc) along the way.From Joshua Tree to San Diego there is a lot of scenic public land to camp on.Also Salton sea area where RV Sue has spent time.

  21. chas anderson says:

    Up here in PA mountains we have some Corps of Engineer reservoirs with a number of osprey platforms.They are very industrious unlike the lazy bald eagles who will use their larger size to try and bully the osprey into dropping their catch.They seem to coexist well otherwise.

  22. ReneeG from Idaho says:

    Hi Sue! Thanks for the picture of Roger’s stink! I was wondering where on his body it was. Now I know! I can see him doing it too. When my dogs roll in something, they start with the side of their head or their cheek. This goes back to their wild days when they rolled in dead or stinky stuff to cover their scent.

    I loved the historical marker and the picture of the grave. You’re right, about what went through their minds to move on when the area was lovely. Our land is strewn with the ghosts of explorers before us. It’s interesting to be in that spot and sense their presence.

    Enjoy a quiet Labor Day weekend.

  23. Pamela Avery says:

    Cleaning Rog with Windex reminds me of the great movie, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Hahaha! Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela…. I never saw that movie. 🙂

      Oh, darn, my air card is running out of charge….. Bye!

  24. Joe Bruner says:

    Sue, the horse pictures made my day, and the Osprey as well. We are camping on a beach in South Carolina and spotted an Osprey pull a large fish out of the Atlantic yesterday morning. I don’t know how he could fly with this thing but he did. Stay safe out there and keep up the good work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, Joe! What a magnificent sight that must have been!

      I’m thrilled you enjoyed the photos of the horses and osprey. 🙂

  25. I use a pop up tent sleeps four. No fusing with poles during set up, you simply unfold the tent, step in and push up on the button in the middle and it locks in place, pull to deflate. I carry a sleeping cot, sleeping bag with wool and sheet liners. If it’s warm just use the sheet liner. I also carry whistle and loud noise maker, pepper spray, first aid kit, a tarp, folding chairs, etc., etc., and all the usual equipment. Lately I’ve been looking at truck tents…don’t know if I’ll like it…might invest in a camper shell instead and no need for a tent then but always nice to carry just in case. BTW the grassy road looks awfully dangerous to walk. Montana is notorious for rattle snakes. While walking along a grassy road, a rattler struck without warning (no rattling) and nearly hit me. I saw a movement out of corner of my eye and jumped. If I had not jumped, the snake would have struck my calves or thighs. It was a huge rattle snake. Careful also when you step out your vehicle…one might be ready to strike. This also happened to me in Winslow, AZ. I opened the truck door and there was a rattle snake coiled and ready to strike….I screamed and slammed the door shut scaring the bee gees outta my passengers hahaha.

  26. weather says:

    Wow, Sue, I imagine you were astonished to see horses emerge from the woods and trot towards you. What a delightful surprise for you! What a unique and precious memory for you to have captured so well in that photo. I guess a nice fantasy would hold your stroking their beautiful faces as you met them, yet I know you wouldn’t trade that for the joy of having your protective and precious crew.

    Seeing an osprey in it’s grand nest, the llamas so close by and the horses…such an idyllic morning, the kind most people can only dream about. Then a bit of ruder reality appeared so suddenly that I had to chuckle. Roger rolling in whatever, how gross! Now I understand why you titled this post ” The stuff you find…” , not “The gifts you find…”, Ha!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good afternoon, weather,

      “What a unique and precious memory for you to have captured . . . .” That’s what is great about having a blog, or at least about having photos. Now that I’ve been on the road for six years, while going through photos I find myself recalling special moments that might have been lost to my memory without a photo. If I’m ever confined to a rocking chair or bed, I’ll have a smorgasbord of memories to feed my brain. 🙂

      Yeah, it would’ve been nice to spend a few quiet, up-close moments with the horses. Given a choice, I’ll keep my crew!

      Where did the summer go? I hope your holiday weekend is perfect for you…

  27. suzicruzi in Van, WA says:

    Un-spammed by rvsueandcrew
    Hi Sue and Crew! Nice of you Sue to help Paula find boondocking sites. I have to chuckle because the other day I was having a “worry moment”; “what if we suck (excuse my choice of words, it’s just me) at finding cheap places to stay for a few months, or longer?” Yes, I was having doubts myself. We will be FT’ing it too, and can’t afford night after night of expensive camping fees. I have read your blog since day one, and I think I get how it goes in the Winter time when we will also be in the SW. It’s the Summers I think that most concern me. So yes, VERY nice of you to help Paula out and help her gain her confidence. I too will be reading and learning from what you tell her. I remember awhile back, you posted a nice blog post about how to find good boondocking spots using the Benchmarks. I went out and ordered 5 of them! (whew, they aren’t cheap.) I kind of followed you along sometimes, trying to get the hang of how you find your camps. I think I just have new Full- Timer insecurity. I’m sure we’ll get along fine once we get out on the road and keep trying! Cheers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, suzicruzi,

      I appreciate your honesty in revealing your “jitters” about finding inexpensive camps while fulltiming.

      Here are two posts about finding boondocks:
      “A lesson in finding a boondock”
      “How I found a boondock in the San Rafael Reef, Utah”

      Your confidence will grow as you gain experience. If ever you want help, feel free to ask on my blog. I’m sure blogorinos will be glad to join me with suggestions. Just be specific about where you are and where you are going.

    • MB from VA says:

      Hi suzicruzi! Just so you know… are not alone about having first time boondocking jitters. But, it will be fun…..jitters and all. At least we won’t be bored! 🙂

  28. Willow (AZ) says:

    LOL… my Labrador named Trevor ( since passed to Glory) used t o roll in cow patties whenever he had a chance. Pretty stinky 🌻

  29. Gal and a cat in Fl says:

    oh! How I love those horses. The llamas? How strange. I am still in Fl but dying to get on the road in a few weeks for Montana again. How I loved that state. Your blog from there has just intensified my desire even more. My old kitty just loves walks where he can nibble grass.
    Huggies baby wipes, have never had them dry out. The off brands in the package you seal over are not as good or as big. H ha I don’t work for huggies, just saying. Invaluable thing to have camping.
    Be safe have fun and keep up the great blog and pics. Love it.

  30. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    The photos of the horses were just beautiful – I know how much you love them and it must have been thrilling to have them running toward you. I guess R&R thought, “Not so much!” I wonder if the boys would have had the same reaction if they had been off leash. My little terrier-mix, Lucy, loves to eat horse poop. If I’m not paying attention, she will get it in her mouth and the next thing you know she and I are having a tug of war with me trying to pry it out of her clenched jaws – with pieces of hay sticking out of the corners of her mouth. She’s a little stinker but I love her!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia…. I think Reggie and Roger wouldn’t have been as frantic yet they still would’ve run around the horses barking. I can’t imagine them walking up for a nose-to-nose… 🙂

      Oh, Lucy and the horse poop — Roger is like that!

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