The sweet companionship of canines, plus an afternoon at Turquoise Lake

Sunday, July 31

P1130048Flowers along Clear Creek, Colorado

After the previous post about campers being irresponsible with fire, I’m changing the subject with pretty flowers.

I took the above photo soon after the crew and I arrived at Clear Creak State Wildlife Area.

The dispersed camping area may be crowded and crazy, but it is located in one of the most beautiful places in Colorado.  That’s why I choose to remain here through the weekend.  My attitude?  Grin and bear it, distract myself, and soon Monday will be here!

P1130229-001Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area campground, north of Buena Vista, Colorado

First thing this morning, the crew and I mosey over to John’s campsite.

We find him outside holding a cup of coffee.  His toad car is hitched up and the motor home is idling.  We talk briefly.  John misses his longtime pal, a little, black schnauzer, who passed a few months ago.

“I think I’ll go over to the shelter when I get home,” he says.  “You know how that goes.  Someone will choose me.”  He smiles.

I hope so!

For most of the day Bridget, Reggie, and I stay inside the Best Little Trailer.

I’m online catching up on news, emails, and this blog.  The crew naps.  Reggie plays with a chew bone and a squeaky toy.

Later in the day a downpour gives us more reason to stay cozy together inside the BLT.

Monday, August 1

P1130198A cloud hugs a nearby hill at sunrise

NOTE:  I’m pretty sure my dates are incorrect for this post and the previous post.  Oh well, what does it matter?  You get the gist of what happened, right?  It’s not like I’m giving sworn testimony in court.

Okay, as I was about to say . . . .

Bob and his little Maltese, Samantha, come to visit!

I met Bob and his canine crew when we camped off Ogilby Road, west of Yuma, a few years ago.  I introduced him to readers as “Hummingbird Bob” because at that time he was producing outstanding photos of the hummers at his feeders.  He continues to take high-quality photos which you can see at his blog.

Recently our paths crossed again when we camped at West Fork Campground, north of Pagosa Springs. 

Those of you who read Bob’s blog or the comments under my blog are aware that his beloved, senior crew member, Jennie, passed away shortly after we left West Fork.  Bob’s pain is still sharp from the loss.  Probably Samantha misses her “sister,” too.

P1130206Reggie greets Samantha upon her arrival at our campsite

P1130207For this reason it is especially touching to watch Samantha, aka Sam, have some fun at our camp.

When Sam hops out of her car, Reggie falls head-over-heels in love.  Literally.  He flips over on his back, rolls around, play-nips, zooms, and shows off his toys.  He does everything he can  think of to impress the lovely Sam.  She responds playfully to Reggie’s attentions.

That’s poor Froggy in the photo at right.  No, that’s not an old fashioned mop head in the foreground.  That’s Sam!

Bridget is more interested in Bob.  She loves men.

After Bob and Sam leave, the crew and I take off for Turquoise Lake for the afternoon!

P1130222 - CopyTurquoise Lake (elevation 9,869 feet) about 6 miles west of Leadville, Colorado

We head north/northwest on Route 24, pass the turn for Route 82 that goes to Twin Lakes, and continue another thirteen miles or so to arrive at Turquoise Lake.

Which isn’t turquoise today, but lovely nevertheless.

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One of the wonderful things about this part of Colorado is the abundance of lakes, rivers, and streams.

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Campgrounds cling to the shoreline of Turquoise Lake.  Today I’m interested in finding a place for the crew and I to enjoy piney woods with a lake view.  We find such a combination at a picnic area!

It carries the enchanting name of “Maid of Erin.”


Bridget and Reggie are delighted!  Between the higher elevation, the cooling effect of the nearby lake, and the shade of the tall pines, the air is brisk and refreshing.

No one is here!

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We find steps that take us down to a lakeside path.

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Coming to Turquoise Lake proves to be the perfect antidote to the crowded encampment at the dispersed camping area.

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When we return to the picnic area, I discover —

“Oh my gosh, a water spigot!”

I trot over and turn it on.

“Yay!  Water!  We’ve got water!”

I grab the can of Boost oxygen out of the PTV, take a few snorts, and, thus fortified, commence filling up eight, one-gallon jugs and toting them to the PTV.

Bridget and Reggie occupy themselves by sniffing around the picnic tables and fire rings.  They probably eat something they shouldn’t.   I don’t want to know.

On the way out I stop at the bear-proof dumpster and toss in a bag of trash.

“Well, that was a nice excursion, wasn’t it, crew?  Plus we got rid of our trash and have the water we need!”

And the weekend is almost over . . . . heh.



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97 Responses to The sweet companionship of canines, plus an afternoon at Turquoise Lake

  1. Ilse says:

    Good afternoon

  2. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    In top 5?

  3. retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

    Yeah, a new post!!!

  4. Nora now in Vermont says:

    Hi Sue,
    Glad you escaped the crowds. I have seen plenty of them in Maine this summer. But also have seen many beautiful lakes and seashores. Don’t usually respond to your posts but always read them first when I have Wi-Fi. Love seeing Reggie and Bridget’s adventures , and yours too of course.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love seeing you here, Nora! Vermont is a special place for me. Not only is it the state in which I was born, I also spent a lot of my childhood there. As for Maine, we vacationed there, too. Thanks for reading my blog and for stopping in here today…

    • Dave R says:

      I was wondering if you were going get a bunch of rain that they forcasted.
      Dave R

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You talking to me or Nora, Dave? Lots of rain here! Thick clouds, gray skies. I’ve had to turn on the PTV in order to charge the house battery so I could post.

  5. Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

    Love the pictures in todays post. Great seeing the doggies have fun and loved the picture of the picnic table by the lake, wish I was there!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      There’s something about a picnic table in a photo that draws us in, making us wish we were sitting there. 🙂

  6. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Too 3?

    • Dawn from Camano Island says:

      Hahaha–not even close! Weird–I responded as soon as the message popped into my inbox. Must’ve been too far away from the router. Oh, well. Tomorrow is another day–now I’ll read the post.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Here’s a secret for you, Dawn. My blog is sent in bursts of ten. Those that are in the first group of recipients have an advantage. The fairness comes in everyone possibly being in that first group.

        I think.

        Anyway…. Always glad to see you here!

  7. retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

    Ok, now I can comment as I have read the post! I know you have camped at many truly gorgeous places, but I have enjoyed your Colorado adventure photos more than I can say. One seems to be more gorgeous than the one before! The lakes, rivers, and streams you mentioned…I just love each picture.

    Reggie in love! Too cute! And Bridget got to visit with John! So nice that they had playmates for a while. I sometimes worry about Willee being an only pup and not getting socialized very often.

    Thanks so much for spending your day writing a post for us all to enjoy. Take care and be well. Hugs and belly rubs for pups, and prays for you all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ever think about adopting another dog? 🙂

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the Colorado “tour.” I was thinking today about returning to Colorado in a future year in order to see Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as other parts of this beautiful state.

      • retiredcajunlady 'n Louisiana says:

        Yes, I have…and often. I keep up with the pups available at our shelter and also the rescue groups nearby. I would love another Shih Tzu for Willee to play with. Not being a mom, I would think it is sort of like deciding to have another baby…LOL.

        I was thinking about Colorado earlier after reading your post. I have a feeling one could spend a decade just exploring that gloriously beautiful state and never see all there is to see. And now I read your response and see that you have plans to see more. Do have a yearning to see the Tetons? My sister and here hubby have a summer home in Driggs, ID, and the dearly love the Tetons area. Just a thought!

        Take care.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        That is a great idea!! I love Rocky Mountain National Park area, love it!!

  8. Renee Galligher says:

    Hi Sue. Back to reading

    • Renee Galligher says:

      Great post, as always. The picnic area was very beautiful. I was wondering if it was a campground, but if it were it would most likely be crowded. I’ll have to make note of that dispersed camping area for a place to stay when we pass through CO again. Thank you.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re welcome, Renee.

        We did drive through one of the campgrounds… I forget which one and I didn’t take any photos, so I left it out of the post. It wasn’t crowded but I noticed the site posts had reserved signs on them. That could mean they hadn’t showed up yet or they reserved the site and aren’t going to use it.

        I spoke with a forest service employee the other day about the crowding in campgrounds in contrast to the under-utilization of day use/picnic areas. People don’t seem to picnic much any more. It’s too bad there isn’t the money to turn some of the picnic areas into campgrounds.

        • Renee from Idaho says:

          We noticed the same over here, but most of the day use/ picnic areas are in the upper elevation and quite a drive from town, a beautiful drive, but maybe that’s a factor here. Most people don’t like to take a day drive. When DH and I took our drive last weekend up into the mountains. We had a heck of a time finding a picnic site. We brought our own chairs and the top of our cooler serves as a table top, but we drove for awhile till we found a nice site and it happened to be a campground. There was no day use fee which here in Idaho is usually $5, so we enjoyed that little perk and on top of that, the CG overnight fee was $10, so that too was good as most here are $15 for a dry campground with a bathroom and a centrally located water pump.

  9. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Turquoise Lake area is lovely and so peaceful. Hard to believe nobody was there. Hope some of the weekenders were gone when you got back. I love watching the crew explore new areas. Reggie trying to impress Samantha was funny. Sympathies to Bob on Jenny’s passing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And to John also… Both men are grieving. You would’ve laughed to see the way Reggie was trying so hard to impress. He reminded me of the way preteen boys act when they first discover they like girls. 🙂

      Well, no, the crowd was still there when we returned and what we experienced drove us away. We were fortunate to have three quiet days next to the creek before the place filled up.

  10. Turquoise Lake is stunning. I’m surprised it wasn’t crowded, as well. Well done, you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, kisstab-chick,

      Maybe the campgrounds were full. I don’t know. And like I wrote somewhere above, people don’t do picnics much any more. It is beautiful there and the path was nice. We did see a couple riding bikes on the path. We didn’t walk all the way to its end. At that altitude my feet felt heavy and I didn’t want to push Bridget too hard.

  11. Deena in Phoenix, AZ says:

    Awwwww, beautiful pictures, wonderful thoughts and friends, some chores accomplished, new vistas and joy of coming home to the BLT.
    May you continue having a wonderful time.

    Deena and Miss Mollie

  12. DesertGinger says:

    Hello everyone! Sue I see you are finding beautiful places. This is the only way I will ever see them since I can’t go to high elevations.

    I’m here in NY attending my class. Having a great time! Learning new stuff. Seeing friends here and there. Don’t have a car so I can’t get out much other than class. But that’s okay.

    Just wanted to check in and say hi to everyone!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger… I’m glad to see you here. Your previous comment about dealing with your oxygen equipment during flights and lay-overs was sort of lost at the end of comments. You made it! And now you’re with friends and going to class… Great!

  13. Pookie in Todd Mission, tx says:

    I sure wish I was there with you and your furbabies….
    its 8pm here and its 90 degrees and 87% humidity….ugh
    love the pictures

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, chuck,

      I wish you could be here, too. I know you love Colorado and I teased you with this post about cool air at the lake. It’s tough wishing you were somewhere else when it’s humid! Believe me, I know!

  14. Linda-NC says:

    Hi Sue and little ones. Colorado is such a beautiful state. It is on my list of places to check out. But since I plan on meandering it might take me awhile to get there. Anticipation is a good thing. I close on the house Wednesday and am hot on the trail of an rv. I love that word “meandering”. I think that will soon be my favorite thing to do. I do hope that it will quiet down soon and you and the crew can get out soon to take more great pics.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Happy Wednesday to you, Linda! And good luck finding the perfect rig for you! I look forward to hearing where you meander and what you find along the way. 🙂

  15. Judy says:

    Hello, I have recently discovered your blog and I’m so glad I did. I’m about to embark on a cross-country trip in my RV with my 4 dogs to spend at least part of the winter in AZ and perhaps NM. I am full of trepidation but blogs such as yours are helping me find the courage. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog, Judy, and another welcome to this comments section! Thank you for letting us know you are here and for introducing yourself.

      Best wishes for your cross-country, RV trip. That trepidation you feel will keep you alert and will make the rewards of challenging yourself all the sweeter. I hope you will keep in touch. 🙂

  16. Joyce Sutton says:

    Sue I’m in a better frame of mind about that truck and trailer today simply because I haven’t been in it. Haven’t found that toy, its 50 miles to town. DH to dr on Tuesday so I’ll find one surely at Walmart. It a small Walmart but surely a toy truck and trailer. I’ll play in the sand when I take grandson to swimming hole. Lol he will probably act like he doesn’t know me.
    Request for prayer as the end draws nearer for DH. He’s tough but it’s getting hard. The trips for paracentisis are getting closer together. After this week will move to once every 2-3 weeks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I pray for your husband and for you, Joyce.

    • ApplegirlNY says:

      Joyce. I will pray for you and your husband. Enjoy as much of your precious time together as you can. Blessings.

    • Kay Dattilio says:

      Joyce, Prayers your way and I’m sorry for what you all are going through.

      Kay from KC MO!

    • Cynthia from San Clemente says:

      Joyce: I will pray for peace for your husband and strength for you. It must be very comforting to him to have you as his mate and caretaker.

  17. Rover Ronda (WA) says:

    Great post. Yeah who cares what day it is. Thanks for sharing your days whichever ones they are. ?
    ?Nice to see Sam playing with Reggie, or at least distracted by his funny antics?.

  18. Elizabeth in WA says:

    lovely spot, Sue!!

  19. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Saturday Sue!

    I’ve missed being a part of the Blogerinos as my lappity-toppity was in the hands of a tech wizard to be healed of it’s ills. I daily fear the possibility of the keyboard being bathed in a mocha. I found and rigged a press-on lid for my beverages that has, more than once, saved a bump or spaz from making my device an electronic salad with coffee dressing (and it keeps the moth millers out). This stint in lab-rehab was because it didn’t like the way I was forcing electricity into it. The input power port (dc jack) had to be repaired. Gotta love a tech that can solder!

    So here’s my catching up:

    You can use any soap that bubbles/foams to use as a gas leak detector. Dish soap, liquid hand soap, shampoo, bar soap. Mix in a container (bowl, cup, jar, etc.) . An applicator can be a toothbrush, paintbrush, cotton swab or anything that will apply soapy solution(a spray bottle can work, too). Mix with a little water to where it will foam up lots of bubbles. Apply very liberally to each and every joint from shut-off valve to heater. Then turn the gas valve back on and look where the big bubbles are growing. You can turn the valve off then. As much as the BLT has been over quite a few bumps and washboards, it is probably just a loose connection. The connectors should be brass which is a rather soft metal. Use only an adjustable open ended wrench (“Crescent”) as wrenches with teeth will damage the brass unless one knows how to do it with a thick rag. Snug just a bit, and put on more soapy mix and re-open the valve. If it is still leaking, snug the fitting a bit more and retest. There is a slight chance it may be more than one spot so inspect all connections while you have the hatch door open. You might also hear a hiss if it is a big leak. There is a possibility it is the flex hose, but more likely a connection that has come loose. LP flex lines are available in most hardware stores if needed. Replacing the LP flex hose is just as easy as snugging up the connections. You would need to get the yellow Teflon tape (or just double up on the white) and recoat the male threads before you screw on the new connectors. A safe (keep door and windows open while working) and easy fix that can save you a service repair $$$ and all the time and energy to research, get and be at an appointment. While I doubt it is the heater itself because it should have a valve that is operated by the thermocouple, testing the connection joints up to it will probably reveal where the leak is. If no big, growing bubbles are found along the gas lines, then the Wave is suspect.

    For the uke folks out there, I highly recommend world class Jake Shimabukuro. He can play any genre and his classical pieces will blow your mind!

    Sue, thanks for putting yourself out there to get that campfire put out and for giving warning to the offenders that someone IS watching and someone DOES care.

    You have brought back so many childhood memories for me. I look at your photos and more keep popping up. Like.. Ohh I remember that… and I forgot about that…and I wonder if… Thanks for that. Did you remember seeing any camping cabins at Twin Lakes? They may be gone now. I can laugh, NOW, at my brothers trying to scare me with their tails of deepest lake in Colorado and 12′ fish that are 50 years old. I am so very glad you got to see some really gorgeous areas. And so glad that it has impressed you enough to overcome the not so wonderful.

    I also recall that at a certain time in the summer, it would rain most every day from 1pm to 3pm like clockwork. Ballgames, cookouts and hanging laundry outside were scheduled around “the summer sprinklers”. That micro-climate may have been only on the east side of the Front Range where hot air from plains near Kansas met the cool Mountain air.

    Also very happy you did well overcoming the altitude issue. I hope you can stay in Colorado at least until you can see and hear the aspens glow yellow and orange this fall. Maybe even walk down a path paved with golden aspen leaves like you have enjoyed in other states.

    I must say, Miss B seems to be doing well these past posts. Except for a senior bladder moment here or there, is she doing well at these altitudes?

    Wishing you warm sun and cool creeks. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good to have you back!

      Thank you, Maple Valley gal, for the detailed and easy-to-understand instructions on finding the propane leak. I appreciate it very much.

      I haven’t detected any altitude problems in Bridget. Of course, she can’t keep up with the Energizer Puppy, no matter what the altitude!

    • DesertGinger says:

      I love Ukelele Jake!

  20. Fuji-maru says:

    Hi!, RVSue and Crew,
    May sound like silly questions.

    Are you really in the Clear Creek Reservoir State Wildlife Area campground still?
    Very crowded over the weekend and Clingers’ Heaven, isn’t it?
    Are you waiting for someone or something?
    WHY?, WHY?, WHY? 😕

    And… Why/How Rusty be #1 many times? 😆

    Have a good day with your crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Fuji-maru,

      No questions here are silly! This post tells what happened last weekend. The next post will tell you where we went after Clear Creek.

      I write my posts using the present tense, even though I’m writing about what happened in the past. It does make the story sound like it’s happening now.

      We stayed at Clear Creek through the weekend for three reasons: (1) It’s in a good location for day trips to places like Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake, (2) when the people leave to go back to work, the creek and trails are lovely, and (3) It’s one of the few free or inexpensive camps in these mountains that picks up internet signal, so the crew and I can be with you! 🙂

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hello Fuji-maru,
      “And… Why/How Rusty be #1 many times? ?”
      Some email systems send the new email notification immediately and others send the notification every few minutes.
      If your system is set to send a “new email” notification every 10 minutes you will seldom be “first to post”.
      Rusty gets a audio tone as soon as the RvSue email notification is sent from WordPress.

      • Fuji-maru says:

        Hello Mick’nTN,
        I am happy about your thorough explanation.
        You remind me of previous? or ancient? Rusty’s? comment about a audio tone and so on. At that time, I can’t take it in.

        I do not use the email notification from WordPress for many reasons. Without its smart way, I hope I will be able to display my comment at higher place in this blogorinoland in any way.

  21. Suzan in Atlanta says:

    Lovely photos. Turquoise Lake is so incredibly beautiful. We sort of stumbled upon it years ago, and we still talk about it.

    The Colorado mountains are so pretty, and then when you find a lake or a river, it’s like being in paradise. I think we will meander there for a long time.

    I haven’t camped in Colorado, but have lived there and driven through most of it, and when we get our trailer on the road in spring, that’s the first state we’ll visit. You posts are being bookmarked! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this blog with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Suzan! You’re right about finding Paradise in Colorado. I imagine it is gorgeous in the spring with wildflowers and high water in creeks and rivers tumbling down from the mountains. And you’ll be seeing that when you put your trailer on the road and head out here. Yippee for you!

  22. ApplegirlNY says:

    Turquoise Lake is certainly beautiful. Glad you had a peaceful afternoon. I’m still annoyed at the two young women with the fire. Ignorant and selfish. Thanks for standing up to them.

    Reggie – head over heels in love – precious!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Reggie loves all dogs. I notice he becomes extra excited whenever he meets a dog that is the same size. It must be a thrill for him!

  23. So fun to see Reggie falling for a cute girl!! I’m sure Sam appreciated all the attention 🙂 Turquoise Lake is lovely, and such a nice place to have all to yourselves. Wonder why no one was camped there…..or maybe it’s just a day use area? I bet the sailors enjoyed it too!

  24. weather says:

    Opening with flowers to turn our thoughts upward, one day you distract yourself to rise above disturbances, begin the next above a cloud, go higher to be at Turquoise Lake. I love the ascending pattern in this post, Sue. Finishing with a photo of the crew going uphill, perfect!

    John letting a dog choose him is delightful for a lot of reasons. One is that way it’s likely it won’t be too timid to enjoy meeting people as much as he does. I’m glad that your visit with Bob and Sam gave all involved a bit of joy and comfort…Reggie showing off his toys in his attempts to impress Sam is adorable!

    “I grab the can of Boost…” hm-m, not “…a can..” Have you picked up a spare can or two of oxygen yet?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I was happy to read in one of your previous comments that your time with your friend was extended when you found a place by the lake to stay cool. I hope you are comfortable today.

      I haven’t bought another can of Boost because I think this one will be enough. According to the info on the can and at the Amazon page, a 22 ounce can will emit from 70-150 inhalations, depending upon the length of each one, of course. Considering the lower number, we haven’t used half of the amount in the can at this point.

      While at Turquoise Lake, none of us needed the oxygen. Bridget and Reggie did fine as you can see from the photos. I only used the Boost to prepare myself for toting jugs full of water to the PTV. I’m very pleased with how we’ve adjusted to higher altitudes, as you’ll see in the next post. 🙂

      I enjoyed the way you “see” the structure of this post.

    • weather says:

      Midmorning after the wildlife had breakfast in the backyard – A few feet to my left a cat stretches out in the grass. A bird comes close and settles on a branch beside me to sing a few hello notes. A cricket chirps as she jumps along the bush edges and a cute tiny bug lands on my shirt. It’s like sitting within the peaceable kingdom painting where the lamb isn’t afraid to be beside the wolf. Everyone is aware of each other ,happy to share the same place and each others company.

      In the same yard on a different day the only bird heard is a crow calling and he is far away. Most wildlife has gone to find shade to stay in. With no strong enough breeze to blow them away a mosquito or two comes by, though I think not for company, so I go inside for a while.

      The first day was around 80 degrees with low humidity. The other was quite muggy and 92 degrees, and similar to the day my friend and I spent together. All summer days here in central NY state are comfortable compared to what so many of your other readers are suffering through . What changes are the gifts we are pampered with every day.

      With fewer words I could have just said “Thank you, I am comfortable.” I wrote more to make it clear that I wasn’t complaining about the heat here, it just affects our choices of how and where to enjoy our days. I hope this one is wonderful where you are 🙂 !

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, weather,

        If I may “take liberties” with your comment…. 🙂

        Blogorinoland has been a place where “Everyone is aware of each other, happy to share the same place and each others company.” This morning, only a few remain, the others blown away by a “strong enough breeze”…

        Thank you for your constancy, weather. You brightened my morning by being here.

        • weather says:

          Your application of those phrases fit really well. My few minutes in the yard experiencing that were so fleeting when compared to the enduring community you’ve built Blogorinoland into.

          All writers, entertainers, bloggers and especially teachers go through the ebb and flow in terms of numbers and turn over of their audience, followers and whoever participates in that with them. Many endeavors in my life involved preparing people for the next stage in theirs. Their moving on meant I was good at what I did and had succeeded. Along the way a few became long term friends. The vast majority though were new faces that came and went as their needs, interest and lives dictated levels and length of participation.

          All this is to say that I dearly hope a lull and low numbers don’t keep you feeing low. Your skills and accomplishments in what you do and are inside have given you astonishing success that will continue, with this blog and life.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Just what I needed to hear, weather. Thank you very much.

            I have been struggling with opposing forces within me… I want to connect with my readers on a personal level. In doing that I become “attached.” Then when they disappear, I’m hurt.

            To protect myself I remind myself that this is the internet, not the real world, and the rules of behavior are different. People who would befriend me in real life most likely would not dump me without a word. In cyberspace and this blog, it happens frequently.

            There’s the internal struggle — caring about my readers while at the same time knowing they could (and probably will) vanish.

            You have given me perspective and mental tools to cope with this. Again, I thank you.

  25. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    What a treasure trove of photos and fun in this post, and after we all sent stern thought waves to those two irresponsible girls yesterday it was nice to have some lightheartedness. Reggie is quite the flirt, isn’t he? I’m just glad he didn’t pee on Samantha to “claim” her as his own!!! I love that photo of him (two above the water spigot) that looks like you are on some kind of rustic steps … it looks like his tether is taut and he’s pulling you down the steps as if to say, “Hurry up mom, I have places to go, and things to sniff! I wonder why Princess Bridge likes men … perhaps their deeper voices? Hope the remainder of your weekend is nice and you don’t get too many clouds and rain.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      Lots of rain recently, but today the sky is blue beyond the clouds and the sun is warm. We probably will have more rain this afternoon. I haven’t looked at a weather map so I don’t know what the rest of the country is experiencing. Rain is good!

      Reggie’s tether is often taut when we’re on walks. Not only is he energetic, he has lots of curiosity. His eagerness is contagious. He often leads me to do more, go more, play more.

  26. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Linda from NC mentioned she liked the word meander. Out west we call that way… to Mosey. Meander makes me think of getting lost then finding the way. Backpackers like to Mosey around looking for crashed air planes that have been missing for years. I myself haven’t found one yet but I keep looking just the same 🙂

  27. Mindy Reed says:

    Thanks for the photos of my old stompin’ grounds ~ spent lots of time at that lake winter and summer!

  28. Kathy (NC) says:

    Hi Sue and crew
    Sorry I haven’t been around for a while – we’ve been busy with major house projects in preparation for mother-in-law visit later this month. My part is usually the ‘hold this, fetch that’ – but also the sewing of chair covers, new dog beds, etc. and I’m also the painter and the vacation planner! But it is all worth it and we enjoy having her staying with us.
    I should mention that we are originally from England, now American citizens (and very proud to be so!) and my M-in- L flies over to visit once a year. She loves to travel, mostly around Europe, especially cruises – and will be celebrating her 89th birthday with us this year.
    I am so impressed with your photos of Colorado – what a beautiful state. And I’m glad that you meet many of the good people and not too many of the not-so-good. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy. Wow, you have been busy! Your mother-in-law knows how to live. 🙂 I hope all of you have a wonderful time together. Thanks for writing.

  29. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue. Thanks so much for the post. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to them. I spent alot of the weekend in a local park, under some trees reading a book. I thought, “So THIS is how RV Sue spends some of her time.” It was great until a group at the shelter started playing their music and messed the whole thing up for me. (Well, that and a bunch of screaming kids. :-0) I thought, “Now I really understand a bit of what drives RVSue crazy during the weekends with crowded camps!” I am really excited, because I finally get to go on vacation next week. I go to the beach with my family. To me there is nothing more relaxing than sitting on the beach, toes in the sand, the sound of the waves and a great big smile on my face.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Dawn. How nice of you to think of me while reading a book and enjoying the park. And you experienced what annoys me. . . . Life as RVSue lives it. Ha!

      Your description of your anticipated vacation at the beach brings back memories. I wish you many smiles with your family.

  30. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Condolences to Bob and Samantha on the passing of their dear Jennie!

    Reg man is a hoot! Turquoise Lake looks peaceful! Yay! No searching for water! Hope the remainder of your weekend was peaceful!

    Well….Sept 11th is the day we chose to to start toward the zone! We are LaQuinta Inn hopping along the route due to their “pet policy”. Short driving days and two rooms so the furkids don’t get stressed. The ferals are doing great and have no desire to go outside.

    Have a marvelous evening!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How exciting! The big move! You’re gonna’ have so much fun this winter in your new home, in the beautiful state of Arizona with it’s unbelievably gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. I look forward to it every fall.

      I’m glad the canine and feline crew is getting into shape for the trip!

  31. DesertGinger says:

    Oh yeah. Those women with the fire. I so admire your patience and yes, this is when a phone is handy. Although I wouldn’t have warned them, I would have just reported them.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was after hours which is one reason why I didn’t go for the phone. I like emailing with attached photos because it provides the evidence if a citation is contested. That’s what the forest service guy told me when I reported the vandalism at Delmoe Lake in Montana. He was glad for the photos. Of course I could’ve followed up a phone call with an email. Yeah, I could’ve pushed it.

  32. JazzLoverWMa says:

    Love the Colorado travel log. Anyone know what the purple and white flowers are in the first picture here? Hope John does go to the shelter when he gets home and finds a new companion to fill the hole he has now. Reggie is too funny trying to impress Sam with his antics and it seems to have worked. Think his playfulness gives you many smiles and a few chuckles as well. Always good things. Be Well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jazzlover,

      I hoped a reader would volunteer the identity of those flowers. They remind me of periwinkles I used to plant at my house in Georgia.

      You be well, too. Always a pleasure to hear from you….

      • Sherri D says:

        I wasted a bit of time and think perhaps those flowers are Fireweed. Good reading your posts. Wasn’t sure about the comment about being boxed in by the same white SUV….did I miss a story?
        Happy Trails!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, you missed a segment of this post about our drive up to Vail Pass. I removed it because it didn’t happen on this day. Rather, it happened the NEXT day so it will appear again in the next post.

          • Sherri D says:

            Ah, ok, will watch for the rest of the story.

            Oh, and my sentence structure was a bit off before…I meant to say I wasted time on doing some searching on the computer to try to figure out what those flowers were. NOT that I wasted time reading the blog. lol

  33. Nancy from South Georgia says:

    I’ll never dump you without a word, Sue. Sometimes I don’t think to comment but I do read every single one of your posts. So I’ve been a lurker, only commenting recently to recount a campground incident.

    Right now I’m dealing with my elderly mother and her health issues plus the issues of my two senior pups, aged 11 and 12. It seems that there is something every day. This in addition to maintaining my household, my mom’s house, and an income rental that she owns. But I still check your blog every week to see what you’ve been up to.

    After all, it was after binge-reading your blog since its inception that I went out and bought a “practice RV” in the summer of 2013. I only get to use it once a year to visit family but it was your influence that led me to just go for it, and also to learn how to boondock without having to be hooked up to campgrounds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the reassurance in your first paragraph. I do need to accept that people will disappear without a word (and because of something having nothing to do with me) and I shouldn’t take it personally. Thank you, Nancy.

      You do have a lot to cope with and manage right now. Any one of the responsibilities you mention would be draining on a person’s time, energy, and emotions. Considering all that, I’m especially honored that you come to my blog and also that you give me (and all of us) a part of yourself in comments.

      I love that you have a practice RV that takes you to visit family. I suspect it also is a dream machine. Have a great day, Nance. (Nance is the nickname I gave my younger sister who is also a Nancy.)

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