Theodore Roosevelt Lake!

Wednesday, October 29

Jack, the guy we camped next to at Lone Rock near Page, Arizona, suggested we go to Roosevelt Lake.  He likes to camp in Cholla (pronounced “CHOY-uh”) Campground which is a national forest campground.

Usually I like to find my own way, clear my own path, so to speak.  However, Jack’s description of Cholla Campground entices me to take a look.

I’m glad I did!

1-P1010305Roosevelt Lake, Arizona.  The tall plant on the left is a cholla cactus.

Roosevelt Lake is northeast of Phoenix in Tonto National Forest.

Bridget and I go south from Payson on Route 87 until we reach Route 188 which takes us southeast into Tonto Recreation Area.  Several campgrounds hug the southwestern shore of Roosevelt Lake.

Although Jack suggested Cholla Campground, we arrive first at Bermuda Flat.

Bermuda Flat has corrals for horses, although the people I see camping on the beach don’t necessarily have horses with them.

1-P1010299How nice!  Right by the water and not too crowded!  No shade though . . . .

Strange as it may seem, I choose to keep going.

About two or three miles further we pull into Cholla Campground.

1-P1010302The entrance road to the campground.

Around the bend we come upon the entrance booth.

“What is this?  Uh-oh.  I don’t know anything about a recreation pass.”

1-P1010303I park the Perfect Tow Vehicle and walk over to a bulletin board that displays various notices.  Here I learn that I need to “purchase a Tonto Recreation Pass at one of the following locations…blah, blah, blah.”

Are you kidding me?  I’m tired from breaking camp this morning and driving and shopping and driving.  At this point I’m not towing my home anywhere but to a campsite.  Give me a ticket.  Sue me.  Whatever.  We’re here and we’re staying and that’s final. . . .  In the morning I’ll find a pass to buy.

I put the recreation pass issue out of my mind.

Bridget and I proceed further down the campground road.

Oh, there are the shower houses Jack told me about . . .

Cholla Campground is touted as the largest solar-powered campground in the United States.

See the big solar panels?  Hot water for showers!  Now you know one of the reasons this campground appeals to me.

1-P1010304The low camping fee also appeals to this frugal camper!

1-P1010315The daily fee for a site is only $6 regular/$3 with Senior Pass.

When Jack told me Cholla Campground is only $3 for seniors and there are two shower houses with hot water, I sat up and listened.  And I also wondered how that could be.

Ah, inexpensive solar power!  It runs the water pumps and heats the water!

Cholla has six loops consisting of 206 campsites.

Normally this would make me drive away in a big hurry.  Jack assured me the campground is mostly empty (some of the loops are closed) and the sites are widely spaced with plenty of vegetation for privacy.

People camp here for months at a time.  There’s a boat ramp and did I mention that the lake is pretty?

1-P1010310View of the lake as one drives to the boat ramp

Oh, I amost forgot another thing!

It’s summer here!  After a month of autumn in Utah, Bridget and I are back into summer. The elevation is 2,200 feet.  The temperature is perfect, night and day.  Okay, so it’s a little hot in late afternoon.  Not enough to complain about, not with November right around the corner!

1-P1010308The Sierra Ancha (Spanish for “broad range”), northeast of the lake.

Amenities, along with hot showers, include potable water spigots, flush toilets, dump station, trash pick-up, boat ramp, and playground.  Each campsite has a fire ring/grill, a picnic table, and a shelter. (No electric hook-ups.  Ha!  I don’t care!)

I’d say it’s worth three bucks a day (heh-heh).  Wouldn’t you?

1-P1010309This view shows how the water level has dropped.  The campground is at left.

The campsites aren’t at the edge of the lake.  That’s okay.  We’ve had a lot of shoreline camps.  At this point I want hot showers and all the rest.

Okay, so I drive the open loops and choose a site in the loop named “Christmas Cholla.”

Jack was right about few people here.  It’s possible to choose a site surrounded by empty ones.

By the way, there’s hardly any cholla in the campground.  Good thing, because that’s a hazard, especially to paws.

I set up a “minimum camp.”

In other words, just enough for the night.  I don’t raise the antenna/tooter pole or put out the mat. It’s a pretty campsite, good for overnight, but I notice the sun hits the refrigerator during the afternoon.  Don’t want that.

In the morning I’ll take my time looking around and we’ll settle into a different site.

Bridget and I share rotisserie chicken for supper at our picnic table.

I write a blog post, push Bridget in her stroller, read, and relax.

As usual, I push back the curtain above our bed in order to look up at the stars before going to sleep.

Well, so far, so good.  No campground police at my door looking for the $3.  In the morning, I’ll move us to a better site, unhitch, and go find a place that sells passes.  I think this is going to be a very good camp for us.  Thanks, Jack.


NOTE:  In the next post I’ll show you the campsite I choose and how I make it into our home.


Thank you very much, RVSue shoppers!

1-P1010306Blue sky, blue mountains, blue water

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147 Responses to Theodore Roosevelt Lake!

    • Ilse says:

      Beautiful pictures once again. I would love to be out there, but I have to work this winter. I will just get my full timing fix through my favorite blog!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Thanks, Ilse. I’ve thought of you several times recently, wishing you well. I’m glad my blog gives you a diversion.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, you are, Ilse!

  1. Cindy says:

    Nice! I need to make a trip up there…haven’t been up there in a few years.

  2. Janis Harrison says:

    Wow I am definately going to camp here !Thanks for sharing
    Huggs from Grandjan

  3. Cinandjules(NY) says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can see why folks would stay for months!

  4. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    Great amenities…Great price…Great Camp! Love the pictures. Hope you and Bridget rest well in your new spot.
    Don’t forget the PASS!!!
    Love you

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline,

      We have the pass… (This post is a day behind real-time.)

      Yeah, we’re lovin’ it here!

      Love you, too.

  5. robbie says:

    Your blog is my favorite. Always look forward to their next one. Always share with my hubby. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re very welcome, robbie. Nice of you to drop in to tell me that. Regards to you and your husband!

  6. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Boy the lake is way low. I was there way back before the drought and the campground is supposed to be just above the lake. But not this. Roosevelt is a great lake, I believe there is a small indian ruins near by. The Apache trail I used to drive was all dirt from Apache Junction to Lake Roosevelt. Nice scenery but not pulling a trailer. However I believe there is camping everywhere along the way.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I hope someday I get to see the lakes of the West at high-water level. For the sake of everyone..

  7. Phxkayaker says:

    Welcome back to sunny Arizona! I’m surprised to hear you’re in Cholla. Too many people for my tastes. My favorite Tonto NF campsite is Burnt Corral on Apache Lake. Most people won’t consider it because of the gravel road which makes it all the better. Some of the best sites there have direct lake access which makes it really nice for the canoe, but no cell reception!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Phxkayer,

      Aye, “no cell reception”… That’s the rub! I have the best internet connection here, the best I’ve had in months! And there aren’t many people at all. You know me, I don’t tolerate camping near people. It’s very quiet. One doesn’t get hot showers, great internet, low camp fee, beautiful surroundings, and few people — all in one place — very often.

      I’m glad you’ve found a place where you are happy! Again, the internet connection is essential for me if I’m going to keep this blog alive. 🙂

      Thanks for the welcome to “sunny Arizona.” We are enjoying the sunshine… Nice hearing from you again.

      • DebsJourney says:

        Sue You have the best blog in my humble opinion. I’m with you I won’t be happy at any campsite without internet or cell. This camp looks perfect.

    • Sondra-SC says:

      I camped in Burnt Corral, the Apache Lake was very nice took a swim!….but it was crowded as my friend could only go on the weekend…we still enjoyed it and that night we had howling coyotes, and enjoyed a picnic over at Roosevelt the next day. We did a turn around at Tonto NM but I do wish we had made more time to include it…then we moved onto Oak Creek and camped there. Its a beautiful area Sue you picked the perfect spot with the allure of flush toilets and showers for $3 heck that’s AWESOME!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Sondra,

        The showers are hot! I like that there are several in both of the buildings. Slim chance of going over there and not finding an empty shower.

        I pushed Bridget around in her stroller at sunset. She’s like a human baby in a car seat. Take her for a little ride and she’s ready to fall asleep.

        • Gayle says:

          Reminds me how I drove my son around the block until he fell asleep in his baby bed, but he always woke up when I put him down in the crib. Does Bridget wake up when you get back to the trailer?

  8. Elizabeth in S.E. NM says:

    Another great choice of places in AZ to stay awhile! It seems you have acquired a very
    intuitively inspired method to find the best places as you travel! Congratulations Sue!
    Can’t help but wonder how long that campground has existed. It is one that I have no
    memory about…. It does look lovely through your wonderful pictures!
    I do want to apologize for taking up so much space to share a great deal about my life!
    When I get started writing it is a real challenge for me to minimize! This also happens
    when I talk with new people!
    Thanking those who posted their lovely compliments about the things I shared!
    Thanks to you especially for permitting me to “hog your blog” ….so to speak!
    Like many of your “Blogorino’s” ….who post infrequently, I read your posts as often
    as you write them!
    Hugs to you and Miss Bridget too!
    Elizabeth in S.E, NM…..

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hugs to you, too, E2!

      You didn’t “hog” this blog… On the contrary, you enhanced it! I love it when readers share about themselves and their memories. One of the greatest pleasures I get out of blogging is stirring up stories and memories from readers. That’s one reason why I try to reply to all the comments… in order to make people feel comfortable here, comfortable enough to share their thoughts and life experiences.

      I enjoy reading your comments… long or short!

      In response to this comment… I don’t know how long this campground has been here. It certainly looks fairly new. Everything is in great shape… the tables, the shelters, the buildings. Even the gravel looks fresh.

      Thanks for reading my blog posts, Elizabeth, and for adding interest to this comment area. Best wishes to you and Clyde for a great day!

  9. weather says:

    No wonder they call it Christmas right there-“You’re in God’s country now!” was my first reaction.I would stay the six months allowed .Lakeside Arizona desert beauty
    mountains and cliffs to watch light change…

    Usually I find your photos beautiful,these struck me as handsome-guess that means I’m attracted to the place,Tee Hee.The roads shown look as though they’d be easy to roll the stroller on.Hope you two feel great there!!!Thanks so much for sharing this much with us.You kindled my excitement more than ever for the lifestyle.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      As always, timing is key. At this time, this place is perfect for us. The past summer took a lot out of me. I know I’m still off-kilter due to the passing of Spike. Hunkering down with a few amenities in a beautiful place is right for me at this point. As for Bridget, yes, it’s important that I be able to walk for exercise and in order to do so I need a place where the stroller will glide along smoothly with several choices of where to walk.

      Jack assured me that the campground would remain fairly empty through the winter months. As always I’ll commit to only a few days at a time. I don’t know how long we will be here and I don’t know when hitch-itch will hit me again. 🙂 I stocked up on groceries at the Wal-Mart in Payson.

      I do detect your increased interest in the vagabond life. Yes, we do feel great and that’s partly because of your wonderful messages… as well as those of all the blessed blogorinos.

      I’m glad you like the photos. I hope all is well with you and your troupe.

      Oh, I almost forgot… For the benefit of those who don’t know… “Christmas” is a type of cholla. The loops at this campground are named after varieties of cholla… There’s “Jumping Cholla” and “Teddy Bear Cholla.” Forget the other names right now..

      • weather says:

        Finding a new balance is rough when you ache,in the heart or leg-you and Bridget will regain equilibrium,not be off kilter soon. Each day I’ve thought about and felt the toll his passing’s taken on you,been proud of your displaying strength that I know you at times don’t feel, celebrated with deep gratitude the signs of healing I’ve seen.

        Sue it pleases me so to hear of you’re both feeling great in a beautiful place that I looked up the forecast there.
        “Ten days of delightful temperatures and great skies ” it said.

        The one I didn’t have to look up is even better. Ever brightening times and adventures ahead folks!Stay tuned for details of the journeys 🙂 sweet dreams tonight and ahead

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What a perceptive and understanding person you are, weather.

          I love the wording of that weather forecast! Yes, brighter days are ahead, not that these are dim. 🙂

          Sweet dreams to you, too.

  10. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    Wow! Great looking place, I will have to check it out someday.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wickedlady,

      I suspect the area around Roosevelt Lake is very crowded at certain times of the year — peak season — since it is close to Phoenix. The parking lot for the boat ramp area gives me a clue… Huge parking lot! Imagine over 200 campsites filled with campers… Kids running to and from the playground.

      Just sayin’ so people know what to expect. . . . I’m curious to see if the peacefulness of this campground disappears come the weekend.

    • Barb George says:

      Hey there Sue! (and um, WickedLady I am a neighbor over west of ya!)

      Gorgeous. I am glad you found a space to feel comfortable at. 6 months! WOW! That isn’t much vagga bonding! LOL
      My sweet Racy is sitting in my lap as I write… so this is going to be short, I have been with the grandkids for four days and he is hanging on me like a dust bunny on fluffy socks. 🙂

      Hugs to you my friend. I bet you are spoiled with hot showers!
      Hugs from HOQUIAM!

  11. Jan in Montana says:

    Thank you for helping me to broaden my travel plans. I have car camped for many years while working and last summer I set up a small cargo trailer to use as a mini rv. Now, with retirement, I plan on much longer trips. Just found your blog last summer but I went back to your start in Georgia and am now ‘caught up”. Your photos are outstanding and your story telling even better—thanks again for all your hard work and inspiration.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Jan. What nice compliments. Thank you.

      I’m very pleased that you found my blog worth the time to read it from the beginning.

      Cargo trailers can be set up well for comfortable camping. With your experience in car camping, you know how good it is to have a “nimble” rig (using Sidewinder Pen’s word).

      I wish you many happy, scenic and peaceful camps!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Speaking of nimble (small) rigs: I’m at a shop right now that specializes in RV work, having a couple of things done, and one of the techs mentioned that they had worked on another rig that was the same model as mine…… which the people who owned it used as a toad behind their big Class A.

        Ha! I’m living in a toad! 😀

  12. Lorenzo says:

    Sue, We have been here 30 years in Fountain Hills, just down the road from Roosevelt Lake and the campground has been there much longer. They have kept updating it as long as I can remember. The latest updates occurred about 5 years ago.
    Several good groceries, a Target, and other necessities in F.H. and big Walmarts in Mesa and Scottsdale. Far enough out to avoid “city” traffic and close enough to everything else. Good choice of campgrounds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Interesting, Lorenzo. The campground is in fine shape. I’ve heard they’ve had problems with the shower building periodically. Overall it is very nice here.

      I looked at Fountain Hills on the map. It’s not far by way of the flying crow but it’s a long way around! I’m glad you approve of my campground choice. 🙂

  13. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    This park looks great and to think in off season people can stay there for 6 months, that is $90. a month for a senior with the pass. That is great with what they offer. This would be a great place to stay for a bit. Enjoy your shower, or two or three!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Since I wrote this post I heard from a camper that the six month limit will be removed. No need for an arbitrary time limit. The heat of Arizona summers will limit most stays, especially in a campground with no electric hookups for air conditioning. 🙂

      Yeah $90 a month. Don’t see that often!

  14. Applegirl NY says:

    Love the solar energy. There’s a place for all types of energy in this world, and that sure seems like a perfect fit.

    Another day of my RVSue fix taken care of.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl NY,

      If solar energy is appropriate anywhere, sunny Arizona is the place! Thank you for being a loyal reader. 🙂

  15. Pamela K. says:

    Sue and crew,
    What an awesome camp! I love everything about that area. Would have no problem staying the Winter months there at all. Bridget will have a ball being pushed on the level roads. I can see why your friend spoke so highly of that campground! So you have the pass now, was it expensive? Can’t wait to see the camp site you settled into the following day. These photos are glorious. How can you top that? I’m sure you will find a way if only to have the refrigerator face away from the afternoon sun…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Was the pass expensive? No, because it really isn’t a pass, as in “buy it and forget about fees.” The Tonto Recreation Area Pass is just a way of paying the $3 fee. In other words, there isn’t a pay station at the campgrounds with envelopes and a drop box. You buy a pass for every day ($3 per pass) and each day you hang the pass for the day from your vehicle’s rear view mirror or set it on the dash.

      Yes, the fridge is no longer in the afternoon sun and our new site is great!

  16. Willow (AZ) says:

    Hi Sue & Bridget
    I’m happy you have found such a beautiful place to camp, it is such a lovely area. I hiked with a group up to the monument, it is a nice hike and worth the effort just for the view alone, not to mention the historic Indian artifacts.
    I just got back from the farmers market with some lovely fresh vegetables and plants, just the aroma alone from all the spicy ethnic food cooking is worth the trip. I came home with a African dish called joll of rice with spicy grilled chicken stew for my dinner tonight. Hummmm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What fun! Going to the farmer’s market and bringing home a spicy new dish for supper!

      I think the hike to the monument is too far for Bridget and me and I can’t leave her behind, too warm for that. That’s okay. I’m happy. She’s happy.

      Enjoy your African stew!

  17. AZ Jim says:

    Now you are back home and just up the road from me. No fear, I’m not coming knocking. Sue I know it’s low but isn’t that a beautiful lake? Those rates cry out for a long stay. Weather? Good and getting better. Kick off your shoes and enjoy. Bless both of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, the lake is beautiful, Jim, even when low, and the weather is fine. I don’t know how long we will stay. I know at this point I’m in no hurry to leave!

      Thank you for your blessing.

      • Gayle says:

        You haven’t mentioned reading lately. This might be the place to crack open the Kindle.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve been reading a lot! I’m almost to the end of the 4th book in the Outlander series. Each book is long and I’m enjoying them. I’m beginning to think with a Scottish dialect.

  18. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I just got home from work and was delighted to find a new post. Thanks for making my day!

    What a lovely area! So glad that you decided to check out Roosevelt Lake! I am adding this to my list of RVSue approved and recommended places to visit! You are our personal tour guide!

    Wow! A solar powered campground – how cool! The campground offers the best of everything…low rates, long stays welcome, large, uncrowded sites, hot showers, a gorgeous lake and beautiful desert scenery. Heavenly! I look forward to your report on the birds and animals that are in the area, and also seeing the site that you picked!

    Hopefully other park officials will take note of this park model. Solar is a low cost option that is easy to maintain, Hmmmm…lower park fees, easy on the environment, low emissions (except for those pesky generators)….a win-win recipe in my book!

    Hope you and Bridget enjoy your evening. Have fun exploring! Hugs and snuggles from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    PS: Watch out for jumping cholla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I took photos of our site today in preparation for the next post. I did some “nesting” in making it comfortable for us. I’m pleased that the campground is absolutely quiet at night. I had a window open and all I heard were some distant coyotes around 3 in the morning.

      This is Sonoran Desert with saguaros and a nice variety of trees and plants. I’ll be sure to report on animals and birds. 🙂

      Have a good evening with Gracie!

  19. DesertGinger says:

    That’s a lovely spot, especially for someone with solar….like you! It might be challenging long term with no solar, but for $3 a day…very tempting.

    I’m still struggling with pinched nerve in neck. It was hurting so much yesterday evening, I took some Percocet. Guess my stomach didn’t like it. I was up till 4 am vomiting. Wasn’t able to do my homework as I couldn’t tilt my head down to read book. I hope I will get feeling better on weekend and can get caught up.

    I guess I don’t have much other news. I’m not as enthusiastic when I’m not feeling good.

    But i do like your campsite. Hope everyone is fine and dandy!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Feel better, DesertGinger! **Hugs**

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry to hear you had a bad night, Ginger. Does alternating hot and cold water in the shower help? Or is that just for muscle spasms? That worked for me when I had neck pain from pain-in-the-neck middle schoolers. 🙂

      I hope you get relief soon!

      • DesertGinger says:

        My showering is limited by big hole in abdomen. I have been using ice bags, which seems to help. Today the worst thing is nausea. The pain pills tore my stomach up. And my resting heart rate continues to be right around 100, which is pretty high and so I feel really tired all the time. They don’t know why. Gonna have to fuss more I guess.
        They started putting bleach in my wound today. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt. I’m told it will kill the gross smell. That will be awesome.
        I am debating whether to go get donuts tomorrow, or get up early on Saturday and go. We have a Dunkin Donuts nearby so that’s where I will go. I’m one of the hosts for Saturday morning coffee and donuts.
        I have 4 chapters of homework for the weekend, to get caught up. It’s about 2 or 3 hours per chapter. Fun!
        So….I think I’m having some Tylenol and try to lie down…
        Pleasant night all!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          After I wrote about showers, I thought it probably isn’t practical for you right now. I hope you don’t see this until some time tomorrow. You need your rest. I pray you sleep well….

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          Hang in there girl. (Although I know you well enough to know you will. ) You have been through worse and this too you shall overcome.
          Always know that there are people here who care about you.

    • Krystina in Cottonwood, AZ says:

      You are a great survivor !!! You just keep hanging in there DG. Happy to hear the bleach is working. Try very hard to stay rested!

  20. Kay says:

    WOW… a bit a lower than last April when we were moseying around there. In less than an hour you can be in AJ/Mesa . There’s a AWESOME Farmer’s Market in AJ… Fresh fruits and veggies… Superstition Ranch or something…. great, CHEAP place for food. RL is one of the best and lots of great fishing back in the day… but the water is so low… so sad… Have fun with the hot showers…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      I had to look up AJ…. Oh yeah, Apache Junction! 🙂

      We probably won’t go anywhere for a few days. I’m not in the mood to drive. That will pass though and I’ll be itching to go somewhere.

      Yeah, it is sad the water is low. I find it alarming, too!

  21. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Oh Boy!! You’re almost in my backyard! Roosevelt is a great place to hang out when the weather cools off a bit. It’s a nice campground with beautiful scenery all around. Burnt Corral Campground on Apache Lake gets my vote, too. I’ve taken my Scamp back there many times without any problems but avoid the weekend “traffic” on the scenic road going back to it. It’s a bit more primitive in setting and feel and much smaller. You’re in a great spot. Desert camping on a gorgeous lake. Can it get any better than that? It sure works for me. Enjoy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Nivrapa in AZ,

      (You’re Audrey, right? My memory is lousy.)

      A camper told me today that the road to Apache Lake is terrible, that it would be hard on the BLT. I don’t know if it’s deteriorated, or that’s just an opinion. One person’s “terrible” is another person’s “no big deal.”

      At this point I’m not thinking of going anywhere. Like you said, “Desert camping on a gorgeous lake. Can it get any better than that?”

      Have a great evening!

      • Rod says:

        Its wash board gravel and will shake the screws out of the BLT… Go with the truck by itself first and make your own decision…

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I probably won’t go there. We’re settled here and when I feel like moving I’ll most likely move to another area.

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Your memory is better than you think! Yes, that be me. I was so excited that you discovered one of our desert gems, that I forgot to sign off.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yay! My memory isn’t totally gone! Hi, Audrey!

          It seems that a lot of my readers are already familiar with Roosevelt Lake. This blog has several followers from Arizona.

  22. Oh wow! What a beautiful spot! Jim, however, used to live in Phoenix & he’s reluctant to even go near there! Me: “Keep your mind open to the possibilities.” Jim “No, I want to stay in the desert where it’s warm.” Stay tuned.

    Sue, you just keep finding these amazing spots! Thank you! How is Miss Bridget doing? Any chance she’s closer to getting out of the stroller? Enjoy those long hot showers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      It’s warm here… in the low 80s today and that’s expected for another week.

      Thank you for asking about Bridget. She seems to have reached a plateau. I’m still pushing her in the stroller, only letting her walk in the campsite. Her leg hikes up after she sits or lies down for any length of time and the limp doesn’t ever go completely away. I’m hoping she will wake up one morning and it’s gone ….

  23. Timber n' me says:

    Nice Lake, Sue. Was going to suggest it but it slipped my mine. Have a great Night ,,,,,,me

    • Timber n' me says:

      sorry, It slipped my Mind. We don’t have a mine yet. ,,,,,me

      • Timber n' me says:

        Oh I forgot to let you know where we are now, ,,We are camped up Creagy Wash, up on a small hill, we can look down on the road and the camp area is a BLM 14 day limit , it’s fairly empty and we are about 2 miles from the entrance and that’s right close to L.H.C. City Limits and Walmart. We’ll be heading for Walmart in the Morning, then on to a better camp, probably back across from the Parker Dam ,,,,,,,,me ,,,oh, ,,Timber says hi too.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That sounds like a very convenient camp, Rusty. Have a great time at Wally World!

          Hi to Timber…

  24. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hi Sue,
    That is an interesting spot…and pretty in its own way. I think the price is outstanding, especially for having nice hot showers too!! WOWEE!! Enjoy!!! And driving distance to a great farmer’s market…wow…that could be nice too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      $21 a week? With showers, water, dump, trash, etc. I haven’t seen a deal like this in over 3 years on the road. Yes, we are enjoying it here!

      Hope you and your husband are enjoying a quiet evening . . . .

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Yes, thank you…tis quiet….heehee…mucho rain!! Never hurts!! The night is still young so we shall see…likely to be something going on tomorrow night however….but maybe on Saturday we can sleep in. We are not planning to go anyplace I hope for the next couple days. I am the homebody…he likes to be going!!
        Hope it stays very quiet for you there too!! Imagine, only sounds a few distant coyotes…that is pretty nice!!

  25. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    WOW! Jack was right, this seems to be really nice Sue. Enjoy you guys. Solar was a great idea, they are a trend setter for campgrounds with sun. It’s also beautiful. Take Care Sue and Bridge.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You take care, too, Diane. I appreciate your loyalty to my blog. It’s always nice to see you here. 🙂

  26. Rod says:

    I rode right by you on the motorcycle this afternoon… Of course I wasn’t looking for you…. And you didn’t want me to stop by either, so its just as well I didn’t know…. LOL

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, so you’re saying you didn’t know you passed me, but you did ride the same road.

      It’s not that I don’t want to meet you or any other blogorino. I have to protect my way of life. That LOL tells me you understand. 🙂

      Isn’t this weather great? Must be nice on a bike, the wind in your hair, er, in your helmet…

      • Rod says:

        Sue, I’ve been reading your blog since you had to give away your third dog…. And all thru the BLT… Yes I think I understand… But still it would be nice to make your acquaintance for a few minutes… Just to say hi! Maybe some day in a Wal Mart a big fat guy will walk by and say Hi! How ya doin!! LOL

    • Pamela K. says:

      Hi Rob!
      You mentioned riding your motorcycle so I went to your blog this evening. Enjoyed reading about your day, the group ride and all comments. Will visit again. In the meantime Ride Safe, May the ROAD Be Good To You!

      • Pamela K. says:

        …RoD with a D…
        I’m sorry to have typo-ed your name. I bet you get that often too.
        Well, forgive me for my blunder. Especially since I am a sister that rides 😉

  27. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Beautiful campground, and such a deal! $3 for all those perks – you have landed in high cotton, as we say in Texas! And warm weather to boot!

    All the lakes here in North Texas have suffered from the continuing drought these past few years. Most are down 5-10 feet from normal, and some even more. Because some of them are sources for the city water supply, they institute water restrictions of one form or another that govern watering the lawns. Going into the winter season, we are now limited to watering twice a month, which is fine with me. I’m not one of those who has (or wants) a showplace for a front yard.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cari,

      The phrase, “in high cotton” is said in Georgia,too, of course. 🙂

      I know we complain about rainy days and deep snow (or at least, I used to), but it would be great to see the lakes fill up again!

  28. Rhodium says:

    So many great camps you find. We are in your debt. Recently we found a book that a geology friend had recommended. It’s the series “Roadside Geology of —“, we got the Utah version. It focuses on the formations you see while driving. Most of the western states, and some eastern states too are in the series. A few are available as second editions and the advantage is those have color pictures. They are available from Amazon and would make great presents for travelers or those who think about traveling.

  29. Val R. Lakefield Ontario says:

    Sue, what a great camp. I will mark this one down in my little notebook I keep. Being Canadian, we probably don’t qualify for the senior pass, but I think we could manage the $6. per night 🙂 What a deal. That picture in your previous post of Bridget in the stroller was so cute. She really seems to enjoy the ride.
    Looking forward to your next post & pics of the site you chose.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val R.,

      Yeah, it’s still a great deal at six dollars.

      That lovey look that Bridget gives me when I push her in the stroller is part “Can we go home now? I’m ready for bed.” A sunset stroller ride around the campground loop knocks her out. I agree. She’s cute. 🙂

  30. BadgerRickInWis says:

    So by virtue of how you greet and interact with a stranger that you met on the side of the road you are led to a place of peace and serenity. You may think that it’s serendipity but I am beginning to think otherwise.

    It seems as if you have been led to the perfect place where you can just BE for awhile and you and Bridget can heal up in the warm desert sun. Throw in a few amenities like a hot shower, trash receptacle, easy to stroll on roads and a dump station and it sounds like you can just enjoy what the universe is offering for awhile. Take it, no one deserves it more.
    Give the Bridge a squeeze from me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Your first paragraph has me reflecting on the way one’s path is determined. If I hadn’t stuck my hand out the window to stop Jack in his truck while entering Lone Rock, Bridget and I probably wouldn’t be where we are now. A small, spontaneous decision gives me a friend who points the way. How mysterious and marvelous!

      If I had done anything differently that day — slept a few minutes longer, not taken the time to clean the windshield before leaving Camp Ponderosa, not missed the turn to get on Route 3 out of Flagstaff, or any number of things — if the timing of our arrival at Lone Rock were off by only a minute or two, I probably wouldn’t have met Jack and wouldn’t be here.

      I was going to take the interstate due west from Flagstaff until Jack told me about Roosevelt Lake. Thus I drove south. Makes one wonder . .. .

      Another wonder to contemplate . . . . There’s this guy in WISCONSIN, of all places, a guy I’ve never met, and yet I received from him through a few tender words a sweet beginning for my day.

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Almost as strange as a school teacher from Georgia who had never gone camping being inspired by a retired restaurant owner from California as he wrote of his adventures RVing in Mexico.

        But for all of Georges adventures and all of the people that he inspired his blog never had the sense of community and yes family that you have helped co-create here.

  31. AJ says:

    $3.- a night, solar hot showers, rotisserie chicken with a friend and good Internet?

    Sounds like a great camp.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, AJ,

      When you think about it, what more does one need? Shelter, food, water, the blessing of good health, and what you mentioned…. all in a beautiful setting…

      I’m grateful for it all.

      Enjoy your day!

      • AZ Jim says:

        In his book “Wanderer” Sterling Haden only added “6 ft to lie down in”.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’ve got the six feet. A bit narrow and crowded with Bridget by my side, but it’s enough to lie down in…

          Good morning, Jim. 🙂

  32. JodeeinSoCal says:

    I wondered about a campground named Cholla……not usually a very hospitable flora, especially for paws as you mentioned. Now that you’re there and settled in for a tad, it “feels” very different, like a safe haven guarded by pointy sentinels. It’s delightful how our comfort-needs change all the time. At one time the thought of asphalt is undesirable, at others it is a god-send. For weeks at a time a wash basin is plenty, and then a hot shower becomes a craving. And living a life where one can just move to follow our comfort is such a blessing. Meeting an occasional person along the way who helps direct us to the next spot is part of that life. Enjoy your stay, short or long, soaking up all you need from what is offered there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      Believe me, with the name of Cholla Campground, I thoroughly questioned Jack before deciding to drive here. The name could be Palo Verde Campground or Mesquite Campground, both more apt, as there isn’t much cholla. The campsites are separated by desert trees, not cacti.

      Your comment is beautifully written. Your point about being able to “move to follow our comfort…such a blessing” is true!

      I hope you are where you can soak up what you need.

      • When we were at Cholla there was a hiking trail that comes of the Christmas loop that goes up on the hill that had plenty of cholla. Nice vies of the lake and campground from there.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi Jeff,

          Although I’m not able to hike with Bridget, we did go over to the tents-only loop where the northwest end of the lake can be seen.

  33. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning Sue and fellow blogorinos!

    Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!

    We have a family member (maybe Deb?) with a Birthday today….hope you have a boo-tiful day! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Denise!

      Today is the wedding anniversary of my dear sister Pauline, and her husband Jerold. It was a very long time ago that I wore blue velvet as her matron of honor. I love you, Pauline and Jerold! Congratulations!

      Thanks, Denise, for the happy greetings and for reminding me of a blogorino birthday…

      Okay, birthday person…. Step forward and receive your happy birthday wishes!

  34. Harrison says:

    With a five thousand foot mountain wall between you and the greater Phoenix area, I’m wondering if there is any TV reception in the campground.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good question, Harrison. Nice to see you here, BTW!

      I turned on my television and scanned for channels and — nothing. I wasn’t surprised because the antenna that supposedly is built into the BLT isn’t very effective. And there is that big mountain over there. 🙂

      I haven’t noticed any antennae or TV “dishes” set up. That doesn’t mean anything though, as I haven’t been looking for them.

      If I have the opportunity to ask someone, I will.

  35. weather says:

    The canopy of leaves on the cliff has become like a lattice,lets light glinting on water be seen.That part of this cove’s become visible overnight,yesterday it took strolling to see it,now I can just turn my head.I’ve been sitting on the edge of and old wooden deck listening for morning song changes.The voice of a leaf blower bellows now and again-
    without it the rest is so pretty.Yet each time it starts I pray it be prolonged-Lord just a while more again,please.

    You see it is being run by a neighbor I know has been struggling with health issues lately.It’s sound means he’s better today.He’ll be able to drive to meet the guys for coffee,get the latest news around here.The man that lives closest on the other side now gets driven to the store by his daughter.Last year he took his own car.For him my prayers are of gratitude,that his family helps him stay here that way.

    This evening a few children will walk struggling in funny cloths to the homes here,cute as those guys were as boys when they grew up nearby .This village has been here a long time.Trees on this place have grown here since the Civil War,this house is well over a century old.One hundred plus autumns have been seen by it’s residents,been shared by it’s neighbors,and this is the best one of all.

    You see they’ve told me the stories of disagreements that turned into decades of cold,harsh relations,of living with out friends behind each door.The miracles I’ve seen while here are astonishing.One quiet conversation after the next has let loyalty and love connect the yards.So this seasons colors and acorns are more beautiful than ever-because friends point them out to each other.I think they’re lasting longer to celebrate that.

    Some would say it’s the temperature that’s caused it,I know the real warmth trees feel,because I feel it ,too.Like your blog,Sue-things thrive when they’re lit by the love’s sparks.Like what you used to start this,keep it going.May the heat where your home is now heal you and Bridget -as your harvest time for all you’ve sown.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, weather. Thank you and good morning!

      If anyone had asked me to find something beautiful about a leaf blower, which has to be the most obnoxious-sounding invention in the history of humankind, I would have proclaimed “It cannot be done!” Yet you did it and I believe every word. What a mind you have, weather, and a heart to match. Your writing takes my breath away. More than that, the thoughts you convey push back walls I didn’t know were there.

      Thank you.

      • weather says:

        Good morning and Happy Sugar Day,Sue!What precious compliments,thank you!It’s my pleasure to report the things I see as I know you’ll understand.I read what I’d written and noticed typos,I’m glad and not surprised that’s not what you saw or heard.
        🙂 Hearing and listening for the right things does make all the difference in the world…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Heh, typos? Well, sometimes the computer grabs them out of nowhere…never had a spelling problem, but you would think so at times…machines are not perfect after all…ha!
          Interesting place you are living in, Weather…enjoyed hearing about it. Sometimes I think on the “how” in fixing relationships…time, and lots of ignoring difficult things, and prayers of course…and a small measure of hope…and for me, acceptance of what is, and finding ways to “just let it go”…knowing that not all things will be fixed in this life anyway…but later at least. Seeking peace with all men…not always easy is it? But GOD enables one to make it through and sometimes nice things happen that we get to see…like you have shared here. Our friends in Alaska told us one of the things they love about it there is how people help each other. ALWAYS. He said you never drive past a stalled car…cause it might be you the next time who needs help. You can count on others there. Something very missed so often in other parts…but maybe if we all lived in extreme climates, we would find more of this too? Sounds like your place is in a very nice spot…good neighbors help make places good!! We do have some very nice folks living next to us here (and suffering from the noise too along with us).

          • weather says:

            Dear sweet Elizabeth,I’m sorry each time I think of your losing sleep and having migraines because of that noise,and so glad when rain or other blessings keep it away for you.To say “such noise deprives us of sleep and health” is so easily understood and right that it should be respected.I doubt most would get”I’m listening for morning’s song because dawn’s delicate notes have passed” .TeeHee Hope you and hubby are well and at peace.

            • Elizabeth in WA says:

              You know it is funny what little it takes to change a situation sometimes…and with this one…yep, rain is very helpful!! Need to pray more for rain on weekends anyway!! Thanks, Weather for thinking of me. I am doing better with this weather…much better!! Keeping house closed up is helpful as well. And hubby now has a new tool….to read the sound levels with. Very cheap…and he is testing it out here and there now. And keeping a log….so we can take our information to the county if needed. Heh, the truck he recorded the other day….he did not notice the driver there until he finished his reading. He was not RIGHT beside the driver…and the tool is very small…but one wonders if the driver wonders what is going on!! HA!! Maybe now that we have the tool (insurance) we won’t need to go further. One can hope. There are county laws and they are reasonable. Yes, trucks and people can make loud noises, but for limited amounts of time….like in minutes. Very reasonable. It is important when people must live so close to each other, that certain things are observed. So it seems to us… yea…morning song…afraid most would never even think of that here…I asked hubby the other day: “Whatever is wrong with being awakened with lovely bird songs?” Or course, the crows keep the other birds mostly away from here too….they and the other loud noises. But we did find a helpful thing to keep the crows a bit farther away (we do not mind them in trees, etc….just not on our house, beside our window yelling, or pooping on our car….so we found an end of season sale a few months ago and got a HUGE set of chimes….silver too. Crows apparently do not like the noise (imagine them not liking noise) nor the looks of it either maybe. We have put it inside more of late, due to weather, etc…and now we see crows on the roof from our windows….time to put it out again I guess.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      “Things thrive when they are lit by love’s sparks.”

      So true, Weather…..and so beautifully stated! I’m glad that your neighbors have mended fences and are there for each other. Not everyone is wise enough to see that some things are not worth holding grudges over.

      Hope you have a beautiful day, Weather! It sounds like it was off to a glorious start! 🙂

    • AZ Jim says:

      Weather, your ability to craft thoughts, sights, feelings into copy is wonderful. I enjoy your artistic license with every day experiences. You can say “beef stew” to where I smell it cooking away on the stove. Thanks for your daily contributions on Sue’s Blog. By all means keep coaxing those letters together.

      • weather says:

        My goodness,Jim,thank you for such a supportive note!It means a lot to hear that from someone I like and respect -because you’ve been here so long,expressing appreciation for Sue,your wife,the good in life,nice things…

  36. Kay says:

    My goodness, the Farmer’s Market in AJ (Apache Junction) has gotten their share of bad reviews. They may have a new manager since my weekly shopping trips to there. The savings was something I dearly miss. If you ever feel like splurging… Barro’s Pizza has some of the best wings, and their pizza is WAY better than the chains…

    The is oh so good as well. Here I go… talking food again….

    Miss my AZ favorites for sure….

  37. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    Sue: Could you send my email address to Barb George? One of my best friends was a George. Maybe a relative?
    Thanks, if you can/would.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s my policy to keep my email address private. You’re asking me to give out my email address. If I do that for one, it’s difficult to refuse others in the future. Perhaps you could give a hint here (location?) and Barb could acknowledge or not, as she chooses.

  38. Paula says:

    Hi Sue ~

    Love your new camp at Roosevelt Lake. Interesting that there are full-timers during the winter. At 2,200 feet I guess it would still be warm enough to enjoy being outside during the day. As usual, your photos are total awesomeness! That’s way better than great, as you may have gathered. Enjoy.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Paula,

      You’re surprised that there are full-timers during the winter? I’m confused. By definition a full-timer camps in the winter, otherwise one would be a part-timer. ????

      In southern Arizona it is generally comfortable outside through the entire winter, excepting a few days.

      Thanks for the compliment on my photos. I’m happy you like them.

  39. Wayne Scott says:

    WOW that looks like a GREAT camp. Sounds like no issues with a cell/internet signal either. Woohoo, thanks for that info and heads up.

  40. DesertGinger says:

    I so enjoyed Weathers comments; it’s like word pictures.

    I’ve been to see chiropractor, and to primary care physician who refused to order MRi, but ordered X-rays instead. Next I go get X-rays. He says he will send me to physical therapy for neck. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. Guess I’m going again. It never helps.

    So sue….you were going west and changed your mind! Ok, I wasn’t crazy. But it seems like you have found a gem, so I think it was a good change.

    Well I’m off to have X-ray. Then home to walk Chloe. I hope I can get some sleep tonight.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      So sorry Ginger….we had a hard time getting them to send hubby for an mri too. Gotta see primary docs first….and they just x-ray which shows nothing. When we finally saw the surgeon she was incredulous that we had not come sooner….we came as soon as someone told us about her and he went through all the nonsense with a primary doc (like we are too stupid to know the kind of doc he needed…all on our own). We were told that insurance requires all this. Beats me as to how that saved them a single penny. I hope you can find some help. It took an mri to show up what hubby’s trouble was and he was in surgery the next week, as soon as there was space.

  41. Pamela K. says:

    Well Miss Sue and Bridgie,
    I had to check back and see if your newest camp site was posted yet as I sit an wait for any Trick or Treat little ones. None yet and its 6:31 pm Atlanta time, been dark awhile now so guess they aren’t coming to the campground this year. We had a few last year and it was fun ti see all their costumes. Guess we’ll be eating the candy…oh force me please, lol! There’s at least one Reese Cup with my name on it, simple joys 🙂
    Sleep well and enjoy that wonderful camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      I forgot about it being Halloween. No trick or treaters here! Enjoy the Reese’s cup. *sigh*

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      Mmm, those are my favorites. Time to turn off the porch light, draw the curtains (evil grin :D) and eat the unclaimed peanut butter cups!

  42. Debbie Harris says:

    Been following you silently for a long time. Had to say I love the Outlander books. What an imagination D.G. has. They are addictive though!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Debbie! I’m glad you dropped in. Thank you for reading my blog. Yes, I’m addicted to the Outlander books. I blame my addiction for not putting a post together yet. 🙂 I finally forced myself to put my paperwhite down!

  43. Wickedlady of Shelton WA says:

    Sue: Sorry, I didn’t think about your email being exposed. Wouldn’t want a bunch of weirdos getting their hands on it.

  44. wa_desert_rat says:

    You have an uncanny ability to find amazing campsites. I know that it’s a lot easier with a 17′ trailer than it is with a 36′ diesel pusher pulling a Jeep, but still….. 🙂

    Solar power will take over the world within 2 decades. It’s now growing so fast that it’s unstoppable and the utility companies – as we know them now – are doomed. When it all shakes out the grid will be much smarter (with automatic routing for power outages like the Internet) and houses will all have solar power into the grid plus battery backup. Power utility companies will furnish power to homes at night and to large corporate entities, irrigators, and other large power users the rest of the time. But residences will all be on solar; either their own or excess from their neighbors.

    Building power out to things like highway signs and advertising billboards is already disappearing and you see more and more of these with their own batteries and solar panels. It is unstoppable!

    So consider yourself a pioneer. 🙂

    Craig in Moses Lake, WA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Craig…. Interesting comment. I have noticed more solar panels for highway lights, signs, and such. I do believe more and more RVers are switching over, too.

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