This is the desert

Friday, January 30

No, these aren’t the new members of the canine crew!  These fluffy girls (below) belong to one of this blog’s readers, Bob from New Hampshire.  Bob is our nearest neighbor at our camp on BLM land west of Yuma.

1-P1020395Bridget, Jenny, and Sam (Samantha)

Bridget and I are wandering around the wash by our camp this morning when we run into Bob and his canine crew.  Bob travels in a Class A with a toad.  He has three big solar panels affixed to the roof of his rig.  Bob has been full-timing for a couple of years, although he had his rig for several years before retiring.

We agree that life is good “on the road.”

1-P1020396Eager to meet the Bridge

Bob invites Bridget and me to come see the action at his hummingbird feeder station. 

“I put out feeders wherever I camp, but I’ve never seen as many hummingbirds as there are at this place!”

Bob has a chair and a camera on a tripod (a camera that looks like a cannon and makes my Panasonic LUMIX look like a child’s toy) set up near but not too close to the feeder.  (Click this link to read Bob’s blog.  His close-ups of hummingbirds are stunning!)

“This camera is so powerful I can’t put it really close,” he explains.

We watch as several hummers come and go. 

“Ya’ know, when I was younger I thought bird-watching was the stupidest thing,” Bob muses.  Then he laughs.  “Now I can sit out here and watch the hummingbirds for the longest time.  It’s better than tv!”

I turn to leave and there’s Bridget sitting next to Bob’s chair, right close to his leg like she’s in love with him or something, ready to toss me aside for a man!

Later Bridget and I take a trip into Yuma for supplies.

When Bridget and I return to camp, we find the Best Little Trailer sitting under a very dark sky.

1-P1020402Our camp next to the Cargo Muchacho Mountains, Winterhaven, California

While many regions of Arizona are deluged with rain this day, we receive very little and what we do receive falls conveniently during the night.

1-P1020404I love coming home to the Best Little Trailer

Recently I shared with you photos of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona near the town of Why and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  The Sonoran is called “the green desert” for good reason.  And, yes, it’s beautiful, no question about it.

This desert holds a different kind of appeal.

Sure, it’s not as green as the Sonoran. It doesn’t have the variety of plants.  Definitely can’t call it lush.  Even so, it has a wide-open, expansive feel that I find refreshing.  I like the grittiness of the coarse sand that crunches under my trail shoes.  This is take-it-or-leave-it desert.  No showy cactus here.  The ironwood trees are gnarly and the creosote bushes are brown.  This is the desert.  No apology necessary.

1-P1020405Desert like you mean it.

Saturday, January 31

Windy!  The wind makes it unpleasant to hang around outside at our camp.  Instead Bridget and I board the Perfect Tow Vehicle and explore the roads to the north of us.  We get out for a walk sheltered from the wind. This delights Bridget, no end.  She runs joyfully ahead of me, her tail spinning as if she’s an air boat skimming across the Everglades.

“Go, Bridgie-babeeeee!”

When we return to the BLT, we share a snack of cold rotisserie chicken, left over from yesterday.

1-P1020408No-nonsense mountains of bare rock

Bridget conks out on the bed.

I slide in next to her to read, propped up with pillows, pausing now and then to gaze out the window at the desert.  Time passes, unmeasured.

Oh my gosh, it’s the “golden hour!”  I grab the camera and dart outside.

1-P1020411The same mountains as in the previous photo

This is the life!  Yes, this is the golden life.



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1-DSCN1107Bridget at Three Island Crossing, Glenns Ferry, Idaho, August 2012


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230 Responses to This is the desert

  1. JanisP says:

    Bob’s dogs look like Havanese, are they? I have one…a black & white, “Princess Roxie”.

    • JanisP says:

      Oh wow, I was FIRST today!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, JanisP,

      I don’t know what they are. Maybe Bob will drop in here and let us know. (hint, hint, Bob)

      • Bob McQuade says:

        Maltese for sure ages 15 and 8

        • rvsueandcrew says:


          Oh my gosh, Bob… I clicked on your name and went to your blog. You weren’t exaggerating about your hummingbird photos. Those are exquisite!

          Thanks for writing a message. I couldn’t find your blog before. I’m going to insert a link inside my post.

          READERS… I encourage you to go to Bob’s blog. You’ll enjoy a good read and the photos will knock you out!

          • Bob McQuade says:

            Sue, it was very nice finally meeting you and very generous of you to give my blogging efforts this exposure to your many loyal followers. I hope our paths cross again somewhere down the line.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It was nice to meet you, too, Bob. I knew you wouldn’t come back! Once packed up, you might as well see what’s up the road. I hope your maintenance jobs went well. Best wishes to you, Jenny, and Sam. 🙂

            • Jolene/Iowa says:

              OMGosh Bob,your pictures were sooooo good. I love hummingbirds and I had no idea how colorful they were. Thank-you for sharing.

            • Bob McQuade says:

              Unless you have a way of freezing them in time and examining closeup, one has no idea what colors are there. Through the long lens it is really neat to watch an almost solid black throat in one light, turn to an iridescent rainbow as the bird moves his head. As you can probably tell, I am quite fascinated by them.

            • I echo the other statements! Wow and double wow! Funny that for the first time I noticed how cute their little feet are. Lol. What a wonderful hobby, and you do it so well! Thanks for sharing.

        • weather says:

          Your photos of hummingbirds,Bob,are as beautiful as your dogs are,what an eye for the wonderful you have!

        • Toni says:

          Wow Bob! They look fantastic. My neighbor has a Maltese that I groom for him. I’ve been a groomer over 35 years and never see any in full coat. They are very difficult to maintain. Good job!

          • Bob McQuade says:

            I have been taking care of mine for over 40 years now, 9 great little dogs and counting. They are great company and really don’t take that much effort with monthly baths and only occasional combing. Of course, I don’t do as good a job as a pro does, so it doesn’t take as much of my effort. Mine certainly don’t look as good as the ones I see in shows, that’s for sure, but they end up as presentable enough for me.
            Jenny and Sam thank you for the compliment!

        • Gorgeous photos, Bob! It’s obvious you love all creatures–your Yellowstone photos are stunning too! We got a kick out of how you set up your camera & the hummingbird feeders–you’re geared up for success! You’ve helped us identify some of our local hummers–thank you!

          • Bob McQuade says:

            Thank you!

            If you liked Yellowstone shots, check out the Bald Eagles of the Hood Canal from last May, they are some of my favorite shots from the past year and I’m kind of proud of some of them.

    • Toni says:

      They look like Maltese to me.

  2. Judy Johnson...S.C. says:

    Surely I can’t be first! Enjoying the sun and warmth at Nokomis Beach, Fl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, aren’t you a lucky gal! Nokomis Beach is on Casey Key on the Gulf. Gorgeous beach.

      • Judy Johnson...S.C. says:

        Staying at Oscar Scherer S.P. in our much-loved Casita. Love this area! Hubby fishes; I do lots of nothing. Pure joy. Hope you have the best of days.

  3. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    As I type this there isn’t any comments posted. However…by the time I hit the post button I’ll be 23rd.

    Go Bridgeeeee babeeeee! You made me laugh at the air boat Everglades!

    Hmm…sunset is definitely a beautiful sight! Enjoy….my favorite desert woman!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Bridget has the funniest run of any dog I’ve ever seen. Her tail spins!

      Glad you like the photo… That isn’t sunset. That’s before sunset as you look east to the mountains. The “golden hour” is about a half-hour before sunset. Very magical time, lasts less than 5 minutes.

      And that’s your lesson for today from your “favorite desert woman.” Huh.

  4. Judy Johnson...S.C. says:

    Third place is fine. Looks like Bridget loved running with her new girl friends; so cute together!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      That photo of the three dogs running toward the camera… Here’s the truth . . . . Bridget was jealous that Bob’s dogs were coming toward me. 🙂

  5. I love the way light can transform a plain scene into a magical one. Lovely photographs! I grew up in Winter Haven FL, never knew California had one too! Boy, your new neighbor can come brush Radar too if he will get him all fluffy like his dogs are! Glad to see your new stomping grounds! I like ’em!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      About the golden light. Another photo I took is so golden that it looks completely fake. No one would believe it. Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

      As for duplicate names… My hometown of Cambridge has the same name as 13 other towns in the U.S.

  6. phoneguy1212 says:

    No way I’m first. I too believe the desert to be a beautiful place.


  7. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Every time I read your blog, it makes me smile!

    Hugs from Hawkium! (from Jan 26-Feb 2 our town has been renamed for Seahawk Fever, myself I don’t care that much, but everyone thinks it is fun, and that is good enough for ME!).

  8. Dawn in MI says:

    My favorite photo was the first one of the camp against the mountains and the dark sky. The layers of clouds mimic the layers of mountains. Great shot! And of course I love any photos with dogs in them! 🙂

  9. AZ Jim says:

    Great site in our warm sunshine. 10 day forecast shows us as high as 80 within the period, now that’s the reason so many flock here Missy. I hope you really begin to have the peaceful time you and Bridget deserve.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim, for that sweet hope for us. It looks like we’re going to have more of Arizona’s famed weather. 🙂 I like temps in the high 70s to 80s.

  10. rollininclover says:

    Ah, yes….that’s what I’m looking forward to: peace and quiet, time passing “unmeasured”, and the “golden” hour. I may even sell my watch!

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Post your watch on eBay. Celebrity items sell fast! I foretell a bidding war!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, rollininclover,

      I haven’t owned a watch in years, and when the crew and I moved into the Best Little Trailer I didn’t bring in a clock. We wake up to the sunlight and go to sleep when our bodies tell us it’s time. Ah, retirement! It’s worth looking forward to!

      • SusanS/south central WA state says:

        What a treat that must be to go to sleep when your body tells you and wake up at the other end when your body says it is recharged!! If my husband is away, on weekends I fall asleep around 2am and sleep until 10am. (with a few Juneau potty breaks though)

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You must be a night person to stay awake until 2 a.m. I haven’t done that in many years!

          BTW, Thanks (to you and others) for putting your location with your name. It’s fun to have an idea where readers are writing from.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Sooooo true! Just took me a while to realize that the check really was in the mail!

  11. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures! Especially the mountains lit up by the golden hour! Your words made me feel like Gracie and I were with you and Bridget! Don’t you just love it when our pups dance with joy and their tail wags so fast! Simple, unadulterated joy!!

    Have a good evening! Hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Our pups show us how to live. Eat, sleep, roll in the grass, run when the impulse hits you, be happy!

      You and Gracie have a good evening, too…

  12. Kim says:

    I experienced the ‘golden hour’ at sunset last night in my desert camp as well. Something I’m not likely to forget soon!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! Those cliffs in the photo on your blog are lit on fire! Sounds like you had a great time at Quartzsite…

  13. weather says:

    The desert like you mean it photo may be my favorite of all landscape ones you have ever posted.There’s something to be said for land,or people,that can pull off that attitude-unapologetic, take it or leave,it’s what I am.It has the same air about it as the cliff that led down to the canyon in my yard in San Diego.You could stand in it and in a wind smell the ocean that it led to,and no one did.It was perfect .My son and I put together a makeshift fort under a gnarly sort of tree in it.We and his friends were the only ones that played or spent time out there.

    Guess that’s the reason I like your camp,and the threatening appearance of the sky in that one photo.Places that have rough desolate qualities tend not to have much traffic except that of critters.It’s no coincidence that the land around the two homes I paid most dearly for have been so similar.There your home sits in the middle of it,you two inside of it or out having unmeasured time-this is the golden life ,Sue,you’re right.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      You get what I meant about the desert! 🙂 The desert gives no apologies… What you see is what you get and if you don’t like it…. too bad! The desert will keep on being the desert.

      Your home in San Diego does seem to be a sister to your home in New York… “the cliff that led down to the canyon in my yard.” How glorious!

      It amazes me all that we share… Did I tell you? I may be repeating myself with this . . . When I was a kid, I loved to make “forts” in the woods.

      I visited my sister one summer when she lived in New York state. My nephew grumbled that he was bored. “Bored? How can you be bored?” I hustled him off the couch and together we headed into the woods. Soon we were hauling branches to build a fort together. We stuffed the gaps with pine needles and placed strips of thick moss on the ground for a carpeted floor.

      I had to go back to Florida and work. I heard from my sister that my nephew and his cousins played in that fort all summer. Thank you for reminding me of that time.

      Oh, and thanks for your note about the photo.

      • weather says:

        You haven’t told me before about any of your forts!I grinned and thought “Of course!” reading that.The subject of our forts could take this whole page to share stories about,wow-I think loving the whole feel of those “havens apart from” was another thing that made it predictable that we’d want to “camp” in our travels…

        What a gift for your nephew that you were there on that visit,my aunts being around stirred my imagination,too-but only of ways to escape their crowd,Ha!Moss as a carpet,really,could anything be better?

        Wonderful in a different way is to feel a loved dog with our free hand as she naps beside us.Stroke Bridget slowly an extra time for me as you sip your coffee this morning,Sue.Like you did for your nephew,you give bring more happiness into my days when we have these little visits 🙂 Hope you get a chance to enjoy the rugged place you’re in today.

        Again Providence,the wind and lay of the land that makes this place seem so forbidding to others let less than three inches of snow fall here.Others in the storm’s path counted it in feet and lost power.To clarify an earlier mention,the twelve inches we’d yet to receive was during this whole winter.This morning brings that total just past sixteen.This continues to puzzle the newer meteorologists on the local news.

        Most folks never gain the understanding that we share like so much else- that time and other things aren’t measured,they’re held at bay by solitude-where some of life’s most beautiful experiences are found.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What is seen as rugged and treacherous gives you protection from snowdrifts and people-drifts. 🙂

          I love your writing, weather. “Held at bay by solitude”…. So true!

          Amazing that I read your words that come to me from New York and I follow your suggestion, reaching over to stroke Bridget as I drink my coffee! And also, yes, she’s napping now.

          Today has all the signs of being clear, calm, and sunny. I hope your day — and state of mind — is the same, even if the weather isn’t.

          • weather says:

            What a great blessing to wish someone-a clear,calm and sunny state of mind-thank you!!!

            For that and the laugh I’m enjoying about your first sentence’s end.I love the expression “people-drifts” that you just made up,Ha! That’s right up there with your image of yourself being turned into a pillar of salt !You are so much fun Sue 🙂

  14. Captain K (UT) says:

    Love the golden hour photo and hearing about Bridget’s antics. Thanks for a glimpse of what it would be like to full time when the retirement bug hits. Love your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Captain K,

      And I love reading that you love my blog! I’m happy to share this life with you.

  15. PookieBoy(houston) says:

    Hi Sue…thanks for the desert pictures….they are great! I luv the desert too! Im still catching up on your past posts but a question I have is what is on the long pole sticking up on the camper? Im thinking maybe for WIFI or some kind of signals….

    • DesertGinger says:

      At the top of the page click on the title Internet Antenna and read all about Sue’s antenna

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, PookieBoy,

      Ginger put you on the right track. The Wilson antenna boosts the internet signal I pick up on my Verizon Mifi “air card.” I also have two air horns attached to that pole to scare of bears and whatever.

      Thanks for reading my former posts.

  16. Marsha/MI says:

    Incredible pictures of the mountains from one moment to the next.

    We stayed at Three Island Crossing this past summer. Talk about an oasis in a desert!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marsha,

      Yeah, it is an oasis. Such thick, green grass! The crew loved lolling and rolling in it.

      Glad you liked the mountain pics!

  17. Sondra-SC says:

    the desert is always beautiful…
    My BFF just put in for a transfer to Yuma! She’s had enough of SC —-again—so that means for me….ROAD TRIP! …course she has not received the transfer yet…so we gotta wait.

  18. DesertGinger says:

    When I first moved to Las Vegas I fell in love with the desert. That was 2001. I had been drawn to it before, having driven through it many times. And I loved the high desert around Taos when I visited New Mexico. But when I actually started living there, I was sold. I love the long vistas. I love seeing mountains in the desert. I feel I can see the bones of the earth in the desert. Part of why I chose Tucson is the lush beauty of the Sonoran desert, but I also love the starkness of the Mojave. I think I am a real desert woman as well; it calls to me. I imagine I can go way back and trace my ancestors here, thousands of years ago.

    My friend didn’t come to help me clean, so I’m doing some hand laundry to get me by. Looking for a new cleaning lady. Got to walk over and get my mail too. Seems everything takes more energy, dragging my tank along. Oh well I need to build up strength and stamina.

    The golden light is just lovely. Love to all.

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      D.G. Whatever physical challenges u r enduring, I can relate now. Sprained my wrist. Sounds simple, but can’t drive, cook, put on t-shirt, wash my hair, clean house, wash dishes. Does anybody know how many days a wrist stays swollen?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Love to you, Ginger. You describe why I love the desert better than I did.

      Good luck finding a good cleaning person!

    • Applegirl NY says:

      Desert Ginger, I read that you are dragging your tank along. Is there a way you can get an O2 concentrator? My mom has one and she has an air tube that is really long and she can go all over her house with it. Her insurance pays for most of it. It could really make life so much easier for you when you’re at home. She has tanks for when she goes outside and when she goes other places.

    • JazzLoverWMa says:

      Desert Ginger,

      You said you have to drag your tank to do things, are you talking about the old cylinders, green bottom, silver top with a top gauge telling you how much O2 is left in the tank, put in a holder with 2 wheels and a handle at the top to
      pull behind you? Sounds like the old type units. There are better, newer set ups where you can carry your oxygen in a light, sling type carrier that goes over one or the other of your shoulders with the nasal cannular attached to it. If you have this old one, talk to your oxygen supplier to get the light weight one, and if needed, they can get the ok from your pcp.
      Hope this helps.

  19. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    Love the photos, Sue. The storm clouds look foreboding, but the transition on the golden hour is totally awesome.
    Love the photos of the puppies too. I just finished watching the puppy bowl on animal planet. It was too funny!
    Enjoy the desert.

  20. DesertGinger says:

    OMG Sue, I see the pulse oximetry I ordered on your list….did you get credit for my mattress too? I thought I had lost the link to your page.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I guessed that pulse oximetry was yours! And yes, I did see the mattress. There was a pillow order, too… Don’t know if that’s yours.

      Thanks so much!

      If you go to Amazon through any of the links or Amazon search box, anything you order within the following 24 hours gives me a commission. Pretty neat system…. only I wish the customer received an automatic confirmation.

  21. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Ahhhh….the dance of light on the Mountains, how beautiful! Glad Bridget had a great day, ha, funny how they take to some people. I tend to trust more in the ones a dog takes to. Thanks for your wonderful day Sue. Take Care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diane,

      Yes, I agree… a person readily accepted by a dog is a good sign, also someone who enjoys watching birds . . . .

  22. Loved the golden hour–we see pink mountains when the sun comes up & golden mountains when it goes down. We enjoyed hearing about Bob’s love of birdwatching & completely relate! In fact, the 3 of us (Jim, Ari & I) sit under the tree & watch the hummers at the feeder. A mockingbird begins his concert in the late afternoon–not only is the desert beautiful, it’s very lively! Bob must be a very kind person–Bridget strikes me as a dog who’s a very good judge of character.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      I bet the pink hour and the golden hour are gorgeous from Camano Island. Oh, mockingbirds… I haven’t heard those since I left Georgia. Of course, maybe I have heard them when they were “mocking” other birds!

      Seeing Bob’s hummers and reading your comment, I’m wanting to give another go at a hummingbird station.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:


        When a hummingbird graces you with it’s presence, that experience will stay with you as a thrill forever. I can’t recall any other natural gift that causes people to stop whatever they are doing and bring out their inner child to smile and stand in awe of wee critter. Like they were seeing Tinkerbelle herself.

        When recalling my childhood home, in the forested part of Colorado, it always brings to mind how my world revolved around those magical creatures. We had a huge picture window that faced the back yard and patio. My folks rigged up an all-you-can-eat buffet for the hummers using those old Rx pop top plastic vials with a small hole poked in the caps and hung with scrap wire. They were place all across the window at the perfect level for viewing and easy enough to reach. There would be several birds feeding from each feeder at the same time. It makes me wonder now, why they weren’t as territorial when feeding en masse. The record was five . They seemed to be most active when we were sitting down for our dinner, too. Whenever the food supply was empty, the hummingbirds would most definitely would alert any of us as to our transgression. One might hover in front of the kitchen window to get my mom’s attention or one or more would start dive bombing whomever was in the front yard. When we went to gather the feeders for refilling they would follow us to the screen door and wait for us to come back out. More than once we had a hummer come in the house when the door was left ajar. Someone had to build a hummingbird net to escort them back out. Those hungry guys would start drinking before we could get the feeders hung back up. If you stayed right there, you could put you finger under the feeder and they would perch and sit on it while sipping. One time, my oldest brother just back from a tour in Viet Nam, thought it would be fun to put wine in one of the bottles. Well, they were wary at first but then they were drinking from only that one. Guess it’s like fermented berries to them. They used to use the front clothes line to rest between swigs. After the wine, they wouldn’t quite make the landing or tip over and flap to recover their balance. Mom came home and put a stop to that. Another time, my mom was beginning to hang some sheets on the line and started laughing. I looked over and she said all her clothes pins keep flying off ! They were just staying there until she inadvertently tried to grab them.

        Hummingbirds only visited in the summer in Colorado. I found it so serendipitous that they stay all year here in this area of Washington. I had never before had to deal with frozen feeders. I will always squeal inside with delight every time one flies into my face and says “Hey! That whirligig looks like a feeder. Not cool, dude. Where’s the juice?”

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I enjoyed your hummingbird stories! Interesting how your parents rigged up a homemade and very effective buffet line for the hummers…. and the hummers drinking wine… Thanks for entertaining me.

          • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

            🙂 Wow! Thanks! Your comment has put a big grin on my face and it won’t stop. 🙂

        • a gal in Maple Valley–loved your story about the wine! Hummers are amazing, aren’t they?

      • Mornin’! We don’t see pink or golden from our home on the island–we’re tucked in among the trees. I htink that’s why these wide open spaces out here in the desert appeal to me so much.

  23. K & B in CO says:

    Disgusted with the continuous rain south of Why, we bailed out on the day that things were clearing off. Drove over to an RV park in Yuma, for 4 reasons… a shower, laundry, superbowl, and eyeglasses. We will go over the border tomorrow and look for a deal on glasses for B, then head out to find a new boondock. No way we are paying $50/night for a yuma rv park, and pay for tengo.snailslow.internet on top of that. Ok, we knew ahead that yuma is not a good spot for frugal campers, but it is warm here !!!

    • K & B in CO says:

      Oh, and we are delighted to read there are hummingbirds over here. We really enjoyed the action at our feeder when camped over south of Ajo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, I’m sorry the heavy rain coincided with your visit to Why… and you left when the rain left!

      Good luck in Los Algodones… You’re sure to find glasses priced reasonably. Mine were and I’m not a haggler.

      • K & B in CO says:

        We didn’t try to haggle prices on B’s complex prescription. The price, while $$, was half what we paid at home. Outside of the optical shop, the shopping experience was very 3rd world. We bagged a few bottles of vanilla and a blanket for gifts and then stood in line for 2 hours to get back across the border. We took a left on I8 and found a spot up on Ogilby just in time for sunset.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          What no Kaaaaaluuuuaa?

          My ipad won’t let me spell it correctly,

          • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

            Mmmmm …yummy stuff. Wonder if it tastes even better when in Mexico? Hey look! There’s room in my coffee and it’s cocktail-thirty.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              That is where it is made!

              Last I knew you are allowed two bottles each at customs!

              NY is a rip off for it 35 bucks a bottle! Heh heh. I bring it back from CA!

            • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

              I’m happy that SOMEBODY found SOME reason to like CA!

            • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

              What’s your poison? B52s are fun in coffee, but nothin’ beats good ole’ Kaaalluuuaa and cream. Get onea them cans of whippy, fill a glass with it and drizzle the liqueur over it. Mmmm. Ever try to make your own with rum and coffee beans?

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              Back in the day…kaaluuuahhh and cream. (This ipad is ridiculous).
              Jules uses it to bake mini chocolate bundt cakes with chocolate chips in them!

            • Lolalo says:

              I make my own kaluha with vodka. It tastes just as good as the ‘real’ stuff, but much less $$$. It is good over ice cream, too!

  24. Dennis says:

    Sue, loved the photos. They make my wife and I long for that place. We both had medical issues and couldn’t make it back this year but we’ll be there next yr. I love climbing the mountains around there. We both like the quiet and the wind. We really enjoy your blog!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dennis,

      I’m sorry health issues prevented you and your wife from coming here. I don’t know where you are…. I’ll guess…. Vancouver Island? Am I close?

      Nice to read you love my blog. You motivate me to keep at it. 🙂

      • Dennis says:

        You’re off by about 1800 miles Sue. We live in Iowa and just got 13″ of snow. Now we love the desert even more!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Iowa! Haha! Not even close.

          Thirteen inches of snow… I can see why you long for the desert!

  25. Lynn Brooks says:

    Fantastic photos & word pictures – I would have loved to see the humming birds! I’ve never seen one in real life!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nooooo! Lynn! You’ve never seen a hummingbird? What a travesty.

      They’re all over the West. I don’t have a feeder set up. I’m sitting outside with Bridget and I hear the familiar hum. The hummingbird is attracted to the orange plastic of the PTV’s turn signal lights. If you wear bright colors, they will fly right up to you.

      Thanks re: the post and the photos.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Lynn… Go look at Bob’s photos of hummingbirds. They’re incredible!

  26. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    I turned on the Super Bowl with intentions just to watch the commercials and half time show. Well…what a nail biter of a game it turned out to be!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Aw, gee… and I missed it. 😉

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:


        • kgdan says:

          🙁 We are in mourning this morning. What an exciting game but not the result we wanted obviously. We are still very proud of the Seahawks and the fabulous season they had. Congratulations to the Patriots. Super exciting game.

    • Chaunte in West TN says:

      Oh Denise! Wasn’t it fantastic?
      We only watched half time and the
      last 3 minutes. Butler won that game
      and I hate he didn’t get MVP. What a play!
      He sure kept his head in the game! The
      food for the game…. now that’s what it’s
      all about there!


      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, Chaunte,

        Yes – that was a great game! Super Bowl Sunday…a day to eat too much non-healthy, non-boring food! So bad, but soooo tasty! 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      I only watched the last quarter but how exciting! The Seahawks lost because their last play was a stupid call. Who passes from the half-yard line against that defense? Very dumb. And the Pats were awesome. But I was pulling for Hawks. Oh well.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Hi, DesertGinger,

        That last play will go down in history as one of the worst calls ever! 🙂

  27. Teresa from NC says:

    Cool pictures, and sweet ones of Bridget. I remember you used to have a hummingbird feeder when you first started out (a gift from a coworker, I believe)…I don’t recall if you ever referred to a reason for stopping using it. Anyway, thanks for letting me follow along with you two. Have a great and peaceful night.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Teresa,

      As for feeders for the hummers… I know one leaked terribly so I had to “take care of it” and another was pecked to death by gila woodpeckers…

      I had the feeders up during our winter slow-down and then we were traveling so much that I didn’t bother with the feeders.

      Take a look at my tutorial at “Every problem has a solution.”

      • Teresa from NC says:

        Somehow, not sure, I missed that “lesson.” I must’ve been working too hard, half asleep, or drunk, when I read it! Well, probably not the latter because I’m certain I would’ve applied your solution to many things around my house AND at work:-) Thanks for sending me that link…Have a wonderful day!!

  28. Applegirl NY says:

    Your “golden hour” picture reminds me of a Maxfield Parish painting. He had a way with golden light.

    I’ve tried hummingbird feeders, but they ignore them and just go to my flowers, so now I don’t bother anymore. They are such awesome creatures. You cannot look at them an be unimpressed.

    Well, the winter doesn’t apologize either. Got almost a foot of snow overnight and more on the way. So, take it or leave it….. we’ll be leaving it in a couple of weeks! YEAH!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      You’re right about winter in the north. Not only does it refuse to apologize, it’s downright rude! I’d give you a little talk about seeing what’s good about it, but I have a feeling you’re Not In The Mood For That. 🙂

      Florida, look out! Applegirl NY is about to become Orangegirl FL!

  29. MB says:

    I know what you mean about that “expansive feel”. You can get it in places like that, near the seashore, at the top of mountains….and probably in the great plains. I haven’t spent enough time there to know. There is a wonderful, free feeling in places like that. It’s a feeling that is calming for the soul and exciting to the spirit. How can a place be, at once soothing and exciting? And I can also relate to your love of the grittiness as you walk. When I see picture of places like this or read your words, my mind goes back to the times when I was there. And funny…..the first thing I remember is the “sound”…..that wonderful gritty sound as my feet walked along a trail. Thanks for reminding me of those wonderful, warm and peaceful days Sue…..till I can experience them for myself once more. (Did I tell you that I just started training for a job that can be done anywhere there is internet????……it’ll take me a bit to add new tasks and get my pay where it could support me. But it’s a start….and don’t worry, it is a business owned by a dear friend. Very legit! 🙂 ) Take care and enjoy the desert! Love, MB from VA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MB,

      I’m tickled that this post had wonderful memories surfacing for you! You describe perfectly the desert and the feelings it evokes. I enjoyed you sharing what I’m experiencing.

      Wonderful news about an internet job! I wish you the best of luck with your training and with the building of a “portable” income source. Who knows where this will lead . .. .

      • MB says:

        Thanks Sue! It is waaaay out of my comfort zone but that’s good for me too! And I hope that it will lead to us meeting at the Why Not one of these days. 🙂

  30. Growing up in the Mojave desert of California I always loved the vastness of it all. Home was backed up to a mountain range (Iron Mountain) with unfettered views in three directions. One of those places where you understood why people thought the world was round, seeing it drop off at the horizon. That crunch under your feet is like no other sound, and can’t be duplicated with sand and gravel you buy by the yard 🙂 We are headed to the area this weekend (Bill grew up out there as well) for our first trip in our new rig and I can hardly wait!! Enjoy yourself – the desert embraces those who appreciate her.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      You reminded me of a moment in August of 2011 with your comment that you “understood why people thought the world was round.”

      The crew and I were hurrying across Texas with our brand-new home, seeking relief from the 100+ temperatures, when a great expanse of flat land lay before us.

      I believe I wrote in the post of that day the same thought you expressed here. 🙂 As an Easterner, that was the moment I started to comprehend the vastness of the West….

      Hooray! Your first trip in your new rig! I know you and Bill will have a great weekend.

  31. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Hah hah hah! Top of the morning to al!

    Today is ground hog day! I’ve never paid much attention to ground hog day when we lived on the “other” coast. Apparently this critter,who looks like a squirrel on prednisone, comes out of his hole…and predicts how much longer winter will be!

    Well, today is that day! In order for him to get OUT of his hole one had to shovel the snow off his hole! With that…winter has been extended.

    What are our plans today? Shoveling the 8 inches we got overnight…8 more inches is expected today.

    Watched the Super Bowl….the highlights were the gorgeous HD scenery of the Grand Canyon and Sedona!

    Have a great day Ya’ll

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach So Cal) says:

      Hi Cinandjules, I will be in Sedona at the end of July, I will think of you…really is a phenomenal place…..we go every year and can’t wait..although crowded around town there are places you can get away and feel alone and at one with those amazing surroundings.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        We like Sedona also…. The town is a bit touristy..but there are places to hide!

        Enjoy your visit in July!

      • AlanOutandAbout says:

        Have you been up the west fork of Oak Creek Canyon. I don’t believe it is marked on the road. You just have to know where it is.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Was that for me? Not familiar with that hiding spot! 😉

          • AlanOutandAbout says:

            I hit the reply for Shirlene and it ended up here. I don’t doubt it. It is kinda a local thing as there is no parking lot at the trail head, just a wide spot on the side of the road. You then have to wade across Oak Creek and even once your across you will be crossing the west fork of the creek but it is well worth it. Just at the entrance to the west fork there is a giant lavender bush/tree. It is about 50 ft. high and wide and when in bloom is wonderful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindandjules,

      At first I didn’t understand the reason for the “Hah hah hah.” 😉

      I’m surprised that no one, after shoveling the snow off the ground hog hole, hasn’t hit the ground hog over the head with the shovel. Long winters can make one’s evil side take over. Believe me, I know.

      You have a great day, too. I’ll think of you today as the desert sand crunches under my steps. I’ll hear the crunch of your shovel in the snow.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Happy ground hog day! Bwaa-haa-haaaa!!

      I’m surprised that no one, after shoveling the snow to let the ground dog appear, has yet to clobber the poor creature with the shovel. Long, hard winters will bring forth our evil sides. Believe me, I know.

      You have a great day, too. I’ll think of you as my shoes crunch on the desert sand. I’ll hear your shovel in the snow.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Oh sure! Post it twice! 😉

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          crunch-crunch 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t know what you meant about “post it twice.” I didn’t see the duplicate comment. My darn computer is slow this morning… I thought I’d lost the first comment.

          Well, this isn’t the first time I’ve repeated myself. Ha!

    • DesertGinger says:

      I’m so curious. Why did you guys choose to move there?

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Jules grew up here. Private lake in the woods…not a lot of people..even less in the winter (duh), no crime…slower pace than CA. We don’t run into folks we’ve taken to jail. Don’t have to always watch our backs. Something equivalent in CA would have cost 2 million.

        We visited for a month for ten years before we purchased our place. Once we got here…everything changed. Remember that song “Please come to Boston”….move up to the mountains where you can’t be found.

        Hence the old saying…it’s all fun and games on vacation!

        Jules’ folks feel the need to call us 6 x a day or drop over! Oh now Ya got me going! Bear with me I’m almost done venting.

        ADKs are beautiful…BUT WE JUST WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE!

        I’m ready to bail! She is too! But we committed to the “ferals” and leaving them to fend for themselves isn’t an option.

        • AlanOutandAbout says:

          Are you still trying to get them inside the house.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            THEY want inside…

            Yes…but they still don’t know potty box. We tried the leaves and dirt. No go!

            • AlanOutandAbout says:

              Do you know someone who has cats. Try to get some used kitty litter, no clumps or such, just not new and has a little scent. But it in a litter box in their shed. The idea is to get them to use it and then when they are comfortable with it put it inside and bring the cats in one at a time and put them in the litter box first. From then on they will know where it is at and should use it. Once ingrained, the drive to use it is very large.

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              You’re such a love!

              We have two inside cats….both of whom were feral…they’ve acclimated.

              We tried to bring the mom inside…put her in the potty box. She proceeded to walk downstairs and POOP on the couch! They have a potty box in their shed….they rather go in the snow. We will keep trying….thanks for the tips!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Drop-ins…. Don’t get ME started! 🙂

        • weather says:

          Not to get all serious ,but reading that wrenches my heart for your sakes,Cinandjules.Hope and pray that you discover a way to live “where you can’t be found”without sacrificing the place and dreams you earned and deserve. In my case I defended the perimeter around my(and/or my son’s or husband’s) privacy as if I were protecting the life of anything precious-because ,in fact,I was and still am.Off grid and one’s reasons for being that way obviously isn’t understood by some people and family.I settled for them giving up trying to make me change the rules I established,period.Accept me,respect me,like me-not necessary,I don’t need or ask for that,honestly have enough of it,always have.They know if they truly need me I’m there in a flash-that has to be good enough.Well,now I’m done with my rant and venting,Ha! A simple “Wow,That Sucks!”-just wouldn’t cut it this time…

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Ah Ha!

      So that helicopter in Organ Pipes Nat. Mon. was actually filming Sue’s whereabouts to broadcast during the Super Bowl ! :0 Naw. Probably just Cinandjules sending some of their old buddies to air-drop a rotisserie chicken. That loop road looks like it is right on the Mexico border. Maybe Sue’s evil side came out and she stuck her hand out the window to touch foreign soil.

      You were once entertaining the idea of going into Mexico to boondock on the beach at the Gulf of California. Does that still appeal to you in the future?

  32. Shirlene (Huntington Beach So Cal) says:

    Good Morning Sue, hope your day starts with the beautiful sunrise that was given to me this morning….the weather is changing a little, May gray moving in early this week, but temps are still in the 70’s. Hope the same for you and Bridget, nice long walks in great weather, and a trip or two so look for an crewie…Happy thoughts and smooth sand.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene,

      You do brighten my mornings with your messages. Temperatures in the 70s… nice! I’d love to walk your beach and feel and smell the ocean breeze.

      I hope this day brings you more gifts to add to the sunrise already opened for you!

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach CA) says:

        Sue, I am sure that on your travels this year, you will get to walk a beach and feel the sand and smell the ocean breeze…I wish those things for you, as there is something cleansing about the ocean.

  33. Utah Bonnie says:

    I love the moody, stormy skies over the desert followed by the “golden hour”. As a desert dweller and artist I get excited by those two.
    I’m waffling on weather to stay put in southern Utah until I reach the magic age for medicare or make my plans to hit the road soon. You are gently swaying me towards the latter . . .
    Give Miss Bridget a hug. My little guy Gage, is also known to lavish attention on strangers right under my nose.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Utah Bonnie,

      It means a lot to me that an artist sees merit in my photos. Thank you.

      You bring up a topic I want to address to anyone wondering when to start this lifestyle.

      Timing is very important. Leave prematurely, before all the “ducks are in a row” such as finances, and the resulting experiences may be less than one hoped for.

      On the other hand, every day is precious and waiting for a time when everything is perfect may delay you too long. And none of us knows how much time we have left.

      I had to wait 7 or 8 years from the time my vision of a vagabond life appeared. I’m glad I waited. It was a “price” I paid for a life without financial stress.

      I hope my stories about living full-time on the road don’t sway anyone in a way they wouldn’t choose based upon rational evaluation of their unique situation and personal resources.

      Best wishes to you and your “little guy Gage”. … Like that name!

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Sue, I remember you began the story about how you started out on your vagabond journey. I thought the stories got interrupted, but maybe I missed them. I think it was a few months ago – maybe even longer. I lose track of time.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You didn’t miss anything… I started that thread with great enthusiasm, and, as I often do, I lost interest and went on to other things… It’s hard for me to spend time reviewing the past when the present is much more engaging for me!

        • weather says:

          It seems the story wasn’t interrupted,perhaps interspersed between other posts -try putting Epiphany,later Euphoria,later Choosing the right rig as key words into the search blog box below.As the story will never really have an end or summation,for a post that offers a great view of it try “Happy tears” when you’ve read the other three…

  34. Terri From Texas says:

    I had to chuckle as I read the last of your post. “The Golden Life”
    Yesterday I was reading book reviews and somehow I started reading reviews of RV’ing books. One lady described her book as being about the realism of living life on the road and alot of its hardships. I guess she was trying to make people know it wasn’t necessarily a “Golden Life” but I thought of you as I was reading and I figured she just didn’t have the MAGIC you seem to have! 🙂 Great pictures, by the way!

  35. weather says:

    Love the new header photo,Sue,it’s gorgeous!Wondered why the screen was flipping as I opened the page,must have been your transitions through the process.Aside from my being happy that you chose one that I happen to enjoy because I love the desert and seeing your rig in it and all,on it’s own for color and artistry,that really is a beauty!

  36. Lisa says:


    HI! I am Maurice – Maurice the magician. You see, the GSROC volunteer was at the shelter the other day saving GSDs and there I was…so, I looked deeply into her eyes….and presto, chango! She rescued me too! I was not sure if she realized I am not a GSD – but I wasn’t going to point that out. My magic worked! Here is my freedom photo…..I am now in the GSROC lifeboat. Check me out on their website, http://www.gsroc. I am looking for a home of my very own.

    I don’t know if you can see the photo… but I immediately thought of you and the Bridge!

    • edlfrey says:

      The link shown does not work it needs a .org to complete the address. This should get you to see Maurice, a handsome Jack Russel. Although at $350 for the adoption fee I would be priced out of the market.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        but, isn’t the search on for a rat terrier only?

      • DesertGinger says:

        Maurice is cute but won’t work. The GSROC website clearly states no adoption until after a home visit. I am very doubtful they mean a tiny traveling trailer home.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        $350 and that’s WITHOUT a microchip and he was pulled from a shelter (before he was adopted for less?)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Lisa. Maurice is very much the kind I’m looking for. I’m looking for a rat terrier. However Jack Russells are very similar to ratties if (and this is a BIG IF) they aren’t super-active. Most JRT are high energy, but not all.

      Maurice would cost me around $400 once I pay for the adoption fee and taking him to a vet for micro-chipping, and that’s if I’m allowed to adopt at all…

  37. R. (Western Colorado/now in Mittry Lake, Yuma) says:

    Another great reading. Sue, do you ever go to farmer’s market in Yuma? Sundays 9-2 on North 4th Ave. I’m planning to leave the area before Sunday but always enjoy buying fresh produce and photo opportunities are usually endless.

    Bridget sounds and look happy in your latest pictures. Maybe she likes to be the only one with no competition?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R.,

      When I go to a farmer’s market, I go to browse and shop and people-watch anonymously. It’s better that I don’t say where I will be, only where I’ve been.

      I hope you’ve enjoyed Mittry Lake. Safe travels to your next camp!

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Don’t forget you’re headed to CA….the fruit police will be waiting for you! 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I already passed the checkpoint. Hee-hee.. We’re in California!

          • Shirlene says:


          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            There you go…..sneaking around!

            Now that you successfully passed the fruit police…

            CHP will gladly ticket an out of stater! So the max speed limit pulling a trailer is 55…and you must stay in the right lane. Wipers on means headlights on!

  38. weather says:

    The night’s darkness dwindled so slowly that it seemed reluctant to leave.It’s lovely here,I understand the feeling.The soft snow covering everything has -so inviting to settle near,so plush.As the faint predawn light trades places with it I hear the troupe awakening and a truck plowing a neighbor’s driveway,see lights turning off around the lake.It’s rare that sunrise takes second place to that hour with me yet today it did.So I came inside and away from the windows to keep it with me for a while.

    Though that was hours ago the feeling remains.The familiar just one more Lord,rush of sweet gratitude,being wrapped in secret beauty,chance to stand feeling it all as much as see it. There’s something in the heart of winter that makes it give so much-snow,rest from growing to the plant life, glitter,glow,quiet.It has it’s faults,everything created does,I ignore them.My folks did,heroes do,guess anything I love does -doesn’t change that fact that no matter what they do what they set out to-take care of ,rescue,cover,love.

    Good morning Sue,hope whatever’s holding you now-the desert’s warmth or the morning Light is giving you what you need,and feels as good.

  39. Penny in Ark. says:

    Wow… favorite photo ever….the PTV/BLT and rock formation…..beautiful. Wish I were right there, right now!! Enjoy!

  40. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    Love, love, love the new photo of the BLT/PTV on your blog header….did I understand correctly that it was taken in Kofa?? If so, another locale has been added to our must see list…

    • AlanOutandAbout says:

      I don’t think that is KOFA. I believe it is south of Moab UT, In Canyon Lands NP.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I had a”Kofa with full moon” photo up temporarily. The one with the rock formation to background right was taken somewhere between Goosenecks and Valley of the Gods, if my memory isn’t failing again. 🙂 Glad you like it!

  41. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, sorry I missed coffee with you this morning…but maybe we can do lunch…lol…I hope you are out having a wonderful time exploring the desert and all it brings. I would just love the peace and quiet of it all. This weekend I went to a Nature Center near my home and walked peacefully through there in the morning, so quiet, so many little scattering animals, birds and squirls to keep my eyes moving left and right, up and down…and then there was the utter quiet until someone came walking up the path, squish, squish, squish…I usually sit someplace off listening, usually on a stump or a rock…until my bum hurts and its time to get up and bring blood back to me legs. I imagine that is your everyday…you are blessed aren’t you. I wish for you and Bridget to have a safe day out amoungst the jumping Chollas I hope..

    • Shirlene says:

      Ok dinner then… 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      You guessed correctly.. Bridget and I have been on a drive.

      Your nature center sounds nice. It’s a beautiful, warm day here. No cholla. 🙂 Yes, we are blessed. I wish blessings for you, too.

  42. Anne H says:

    Hi Sue,
    I met Rusty and Timber today! (they dropped by my campsite outside lake Havasu City as I was out enjoying the sun). Rusty got out to chat and yelled out “Timber” as the dog ran over to us barking happily. I put two and two together and confirmed that he was, indeed, the Rusty and Timber from blogdom.

    We had a nice chat – it’s a small world.

  43. Kathleen says:

    Hi Sue Just caught up with your blog since the holidays. Love your stories and pictures. I couldn’t help see you are headed west to get your new family member. I had to be noisy and see what was around. I saw a boy i thought you might like in Coachella CA. Just my guess of where you will go in CA. Good luck wherever you may find him.

  44. weather says:

    Good morning Sue,I was glad to see that you went exploring in the nice heat of the desert and have also been exploring the new crew member possibilities.Today looks like it will be a good day for me to roll into a few places with the jeep.What I bring home won’t be as exciting as a pup would be!Hope whatever the day brings you two is terrific,enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      I wish I could say I’m searching for a pup. Instead I’m dealing with problems, which, of course, have come in bunches. Nothing to be alarmed about. Stuff everybody has to work through from time to time.

      Happy jeeping!

      • weather says:

        Dealing with my own bunch,that’s why I said it wouldn’t be exciting,though getting them resolved will make us both happy.May we be graced with all we need to make that happen for us-I’m praying that be true,and as doing that brings astonishingly delightful results I’m smiling about how glad we’ll both soon be already.Coffee toast-Here’s to how nice being on the other side of this will be 🙂

    • weather says:

      As you were up early today ,too,it’s been a long day,hope it went well.Mine was a mix of stepping away for a fresh view and being able to tackle a lot of what needed to happen so finished better than I’d expected.Unless you’re too inspired to settle in without posting,too much food and a blanket’s probably in order,does wonders for me sometimes.Blessings on you both and whatever you choose this good night

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        It’s a good feeling to end a day having eliminated tasks that had to be done. Glad your day turned out better than you thought it would!

  45. Lolalo says:

    Hi Sue,
    I seldom laugh out loud, but this:

    “I turn to leave and there’s Bridget sitting next to Bob’s chair, right close to his leg like she’s in love with him or something, ready to toss me aside for a man!”

    did it! For some reason, that struck me as hilarious! All your dedication and efforts casually brushed aside for a previously unknown stranger. Is that the thanks you get? Ha! Cracks me up!

    I am loving your desert experiences and look forward to the day we make it to the west!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lolalo,

      Happy to see you appear here again! Also pleased that my post gave you a laugh. 🙂

  46. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Good morning, Sue,

    Love the new header on this post…you had your own personal monument in that spot! 🙂

    Hope you have a good day and are able to resolve your issues, so you can get back to enjoying being in the moment. Hugs to you and Miss Bridge from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Thanks for the understanding. I need to write a new post. It’s difficult when pesky problems occupy my mind!

  47. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, well whatever you are dealing with, I hope it goes well for you today…one thing you will have on your side is the weather. Happy dealing with and getting through!

  48. Bob McQuade says:

    Hi Sue

    You were right … I didn’t come back. I did stop in on my way back from Cibola and couldn’t help but notice those 3 new rigs parked right on top of my previously perfect site across from you. Since I am now a completely spoiled boon docker, that site just wouldn’t be the same. I roamed around looking for another suitable one but didn’t see anything around there, so I am Gone. Really enjoyed our last chat, and if I ever notice the BLT parked nearby somewhere down the road, my boots will be shaking a little less when I approach. Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can relate, regarding the crowded site. I’m beginning to feel like I’m being watched.

      Your hummingbirds miss you. They’ve been over here looking for meals. I guess I’d better go into Yuma and buy a feeder!

  49. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Good afternoon Blogerinos! Bright sun here but predicted rain by Friday. Yay. Back from radiation day 15 for hubby and all is ok so far he’s just tired. Dr said today he really hopes this run of 42 treatments will be the end of us having to deal with cancer, and he’s the head of Radiation Dept and expert in prostate radiation, so guess he should know! At any rate will be glad when I can drive to a camping spot rather than to and from UCD Medical Center daily. Sue, hope things are improving for you. I keep you in my thoughts daily, you and Bridget. All you in snow country stay safe and be careful in the snow and ice. Have a good afternoon and evening all.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the update, Velda.

      Twenty-seven treatments to go and then it’s Camping Time! Wishing you and your husband a quiet evening with good rest.

  50. Glenda in OZ! says:

    My goodness Sue, so many comments on this piece. I always seem to get on the tail end. I am still here by the way. I may not comment every entry but I am sure following along. I have to thank you today for providing a link to Bob’s blog. As you know I am an avid photographer and so appreciated seeing Bob’s humming bird shots. My favourite thing to shoot are birds and I feel I can learn a lot from his comments on how he goes about getting these amazing shots. Love where you are camped and your photos as always are brilliant too! I love to know how Bob keeps those wee dogs of his so clean!! My too would be the colour of the ground in no time!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Glenda,

      I thought of you when I posted Bob’s link… You and a few other photographers who come here. Nice to know you’re still reading my blog.

  51. Edie, OK says:

    Hi Sue,
    Hope everything works itself out. I know it will 🙂

    Have a wonderful evening everyone!

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