Towing to beat the wind

Saturday, January 30 (continued)

P1090386Sunset at Saddle Mountain, southwest of Tonopah, west of Phoenix

Sunday, January 31

The crew and I are up before dawn.  While walking Bridget and Reggie around our campsite for their potty business, I evaluate the weather situation.

Well, it’s perfectly calm. Of course, that could change in a matter of minutes.

The forecast for much of Arizona includes strong winds, possible rain, and, locally, a drop in temperature into the high 20s.

It could be Wednesday or later before the weather settles down again.  I don’t want us forced to stay here that long.  I need to dump tanks soon anyway.  Plus I’m restless to move!

P1090384Our home near the mountain (photo taken the previous evening)

There’s not much to do in order to break camp.

The blue mat, chairs, doggie pallet, doggie beds, and other miscellaneous items are already inside the Perfect Tow Vehicle.  I didn’t unhitch or remove the anti-sway bar.  I check the bar to make sure it’s adjusted properly and I plug in the power cord to the trailer brakes and tail lights.

P1090355The view to Interstate-10 from our campsite

I turn on the heat in the PTV to eliminate the overnight chill. 

Soon thereafter Bridget and Reggie are snuggled in their travel positions, ready to go.  I secure the interior of the BLT and lock the door.  After a quick walk-around check, I board the PTV and the crew and I rumble down the rocky, BLM lane to Centennial Road.

P1090373Leaving Saddle Mountain

We head west, going past the Harquahala Power Generating Project.  Hmm . . . That’s what I saw out our window last night, lit up like an amusement park

Harquahala Plain is used primarily for agriculture.

At Harquahala Road we turn north to reach the interstate highway.

P1090391Harquahala Road in dim, early morning light

Traffic is light on Interstate 10 and the morning remains calm.  I keep the PTV going between 58 and 60 mph as we motor west toward Quartzsite, Blythe, and Los Angeles.

Thirty-six miles later, we exit the interstate at New Hope.

I like to park in the flat, open spaces where the big rigs park.  I find such a place off Vicksburg Road. The sun shines brightly on the BLT as I let out the excited Bridget and Reggie for a brief run-around.

P1090393In my hurry this morning to get on the road before the arrival of wind, I didn’t eat breakfast.  I open up the BLT and grab a handful of peanuts.  That’ll keep me going . . . .

Across the road, the ZIP station sign beckons.

P1090394The lowest I’ve paid for gas in a long, long time!

It’s breezy as I stand at the pump (See flag!).  I consider going into the convenience store for a second cup of coffee.

No, we need to keep moving.  I don’t want to drive in strong wind . . . .

P1090395I also pass up a Subway sandwich for later!

As I start up the PTV to return to the interstate, a memory from the classroom comes to mind.

Oh, those math problems everyone hates. . . . If a van leaves Harquahala driving 58 mph and wind leaves Los Angeles at 70 mph, when will the van and the wind meet?

P1090396I-10 west — Easy driving so far! 

I don’t need road signs to tell me we’re approaching Quartzsite!  The sight of RVs scattered around the palo verde and creosote tells me we soon will be passing through the famous — some would say infamous — Big Q.

And then — there it is!

P1090397Through-the-windshield shot of Quartzsite, approaching from the east

I shudder as we pass hordes of RVs, some parked in the desert, others crammed into RV parks.  I glimpse vendor tents and lots of cars.

Plenty of life in Quartzsite!  I’m happy for those who enjoy it.

The sight of Dome Rock, west of Quartzsite, brings forth good memories.

P1090401Photo is misleading — There are several RVs parked for free in the Dome Rock area!

Back in 2012 the original crew — Spike and Bridget — and I camped at Dome Rock with new friends who introduced us to the phenomenon of Quartzsite.  Everyone should experience Quartzsite at least once!

We continue westward.

To the north of the interstate I see a truck camper and a camper van off in the distance in the vicinity of Tom Wells Road.  Shortly thereafter we pass Ehrenberg.  We keep going, always mindful of the approaching wind.

It looks like we’re going to make it in time!

At 9:15 a.m. I’m in the check-out lane of Blythe’s Smart & Final grocery store, more commonly known as the Fart & Smile.  I load the groceries and bottled water into the BLT.

Yes, we’re returning to Midland!

P1090402Lovekin Boulevard . . . Those are the Big Maria Mountains up ahead!

You’re probably wondering, “Why?  Why return to Midland?”

Good question!  I don’t have a convincing answer.

All I know is it is where I want to be right now. 

I want to be in this brown desert place, where the dust blows and finding water is a challenge.  I want to be next to that big ol’ ironwood tree where the hummingbird sings.  I want our home not far from the dusty, unpretentious, un-trendy, very plain and ordinary town of Blythe, California!

Well, it is warmer here…  The predicted lows are in the 30s, not the 20s.

Upon arrival, I immediately take care of important business.

P1090405Dump station at Midland — included in the fee of $40 for 2 weeks

Next we follow the dirt road to see if anyone is parked in “our site.”

My heart sinks when I detect a speck of white in “Loners’ Acres” where we camped previously.  Darn!  I really wanted that same spot . . . .

As we come closer I realize that rig isn’t parked as far back as we were!

Great!  No one is there!   Happily I maneuver the PTV across the desert on the familiar lane, heading toward that big ironwood tree whose shape I’d recognize anywhere.

I position the BLT as we had it before, even though this puts it broadside to the wind.

P1090406After all, it wouldn’t look right positioned any other way!

Quickly I hop out of the PTV and check the bubble levels.  As expected, the BLT is level side-to-side and front-to-back.  Oh, I’m glad we came here. 

I open the passenger-side door for the impatient canines.

“We’re home!  Come on out, pups!  Come see!  Do you remember this place?”

P1090412It’s cute how the crew reacts!

Reggie’s scampering and Bridget’s bright eyes tell me they do remember this place and they’re happy to be here again.

I grab the blue mats out of the back of the PTV, along with several 10-inch stakes and a hammer.  As I fling out a mat to unfold it, a mighty wind catches it.  I fight to position it right where I want it in front of our doorstep.

I hammer in the stakes, pushing a lock of wind-tossed hair behind my ear.  Bridget and Reggie sniff our campsite, oblivious to the wind.  I pause to look around and see a wall of dust approaching from the west.

Hoo-boy. . . Here it comes!

I gather up the crew and we go inside. 

“We made it just in time!” I exclaim with a laugh as I shut the door against the wind.



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P1090411Wind blows, dust flies, clouds gather and a light rain falls as the sun sets on another good day.  


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168 Responses to Towing to beat the wind

  1. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:


  2. wildflower in prescott says:


    • wildflower in prescott says:

      I’m snowed in. I’m bored. Well there is always house cleaning. ?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, wildflower! Snow in Prescott, eh? That’s elevation for ya!


        • wildflower in prescott says:

          Snow will be down to 3000 ft tonight. So it will be cooooold where you are. Good thing your heater is fixed.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            The weather widget at this moment says it will go down into the mid-30s (brrrr) and we may have gusts over 50 mph today.

            Yes, I thank Bill again for telling me how to fix the heater. I haven’t had to turn it on yet. Good to know I can!

            Keep warm, wildflower!

  3. David Ainley in Quartzite, AZ. (for now) says:

    Awesome pictures as usual.

  4. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    It’s a tie! Now to go back and read the post.

  5. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Oh boy! Closer to the top!

  6. pd says:

    Great travel tale, always raises my spirits when I read your latest post.

  7. Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy in Carmichael, CA says:

    I’m glad you out ran the wind. It’s been windy herein northern CA, and cold, but the rain has stopped. I agree with you about Quartzsite. I was there a couple of years ago and I don’t think I need to go back even though there is a whole group of Roadtreks that go every year.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Obviously a lot of folks love Quartzsite. It was fun looking at all the rocks and gems on display and I did buy a great hat from one of the vendors. Also that’s where I bought two camp chairs with attached tables that are the nicest I’ve ever seen . . . and they’re Casita blue!

  8. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Still following your amazing adventures.

    How is it towing the BLT in wind? Is it hard or scary? Does it sway and such?

    You and the crew stay safe and hunker down!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m happy you are still riding with us, ValGal!

      Towing the BLT is like towing nothing at all. Really. I’ve never felt it sway. Of course, I try to stay out of strong wind, usually postponing a move to a calm day.

      Two times we were caught in wind… driving from Rawlins to Laramie, WY (notorious for wind in that area) and driving into Needles, CA, from the west. No problem in either situation. The only buffeting is what one would expect with a van. Not scary…. The only thing scary about driving and towing the BLT in wind is wondering what the other guy will do in the adjacent lane.

  9. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I loved the feeling of adventure awaiting around the next bend with this posting. It made me feel this way because DH (darling husband) and I always pack everything up the night before we plan to leave bright and early the next day and that always means a new road adventure and new place. Anticipation! We even forgo the usual breakfast for something light and quick in order to hit the road to either get ahead of the weather or to get someplace else at a certain time that will better ensure a spot we want.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I know exactly what you mean! There’s something about an early start on the road to a new place. It adds to the anticipation, I think. I detest starting a drive late in the day. It makes me feel like I’m late, even though there’s no such thing as “late” when one is retired!

      The only time I don’t want to arrive really early at a new location is when going to a campground on a Sunday. Although it works out, sometimes one has to wait for people to clear out of a primo site. I’ve done that. 🙂

  10. Judy J. in upstate S.C. says:

    Wow! I made it in the top 10?!? Enjoy your new/old place. Headed to the beach; our happy place. Glad you have so many of those!

  11. Hi Sue, looking at the picture of your campsite, my heart feels good you are there…especially under the watchful eye of the tree you like and of course the little hummers that will visit the tree….great choice…and close to Blythe..what more can you want.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ah, Shirlene…. I’m not surprised that you understand this choice. I hope the weather has settled down at Huntington Beach…

  12. Chris B of the Clete and Diego Tribe says:

    I remember that year with the totally green rv girl schoolteacher at Quartzsite that hooked up with our friends on the way west. I’m hurt that you say that one must visit the Big Q at least once but there is no mention of eating a deep fried Twinkie that Clete talked you into trying. LOL! That was your baptism to Quartzsite!
    We just missed you by a week! We left Q last Tuesday after four nights. Crowds were pretty thin being that the Big Show in the tent had already left. Our new purchase for this year – twin slingshots! Clete and I had a slingshot competition. I was the first to hit the can but he was incredibly skillful at hitting the cans consistently.
    I hope the wind settles down for you and you get some warm evenings. It was beautiful last week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Chris B. of the Clete and Diego Tribe. . . .

      The Fried Twinkie Orientation Ceremony is a sacred event. One doesn’t talk about it casually on a blog. You should know that!

      Slingshots! That is soooooo typical of you two! You know how to find fun… and what a useful skill! I can think of all sorts of applications… like when someone goes to remove my clothes from the dryer at the laundromat…. or when someone blocks MY sunrise …. or when someone gawks at our campsite… Hahahahahaaaa…

      • Chris B of the Clete and Diego Tribe says:

        We had so much fun with the slingshots that I bought some better ones. The $3 Made in China slingshots didn’t hold up well for Clete’s strong launches. Clete was eliminated because his surgical tubing broke so I secretely declared myself the winner. Very sly, aren’t I?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hey, I suspect there are a whole lot of spouses who secretly declare themselves the winner on a regular basis. . . 🙂

    • Chuck Hajek says:

      Hey ya’ll! We need those slingshots for our squirrels that are eating our bird food. Lil devils need bbs in the @$$. Hope ya’ll be doing good!

  13. I understand that urge to go home again… I am spending my 3rd winter in the same spot and I love it here. Other places pale by comparison. I can’t understand why people don’t camp here… just from a distance it does not look appealing, but that is o.k. by me. Enjoy “home.” (I remember that time you were at Dome Rock and ran up with the Crew to me the RTRers gathered up the hill from you. That was the first time I met you.)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The places that RVers like to call “home” are as varied as the people themselves. That’s what is wonderful about the RV life… You can go and choose what suits you best, whether it is with friends and activities or not.

      “from a distance it does not look appealing”…. Quartzsite looks that way to me because of who I am and the way I look at the world. There are loads of folks who look at the same thing and find it very attractive and welcoming. It’s great that we have these choices! None is wrong, none is better than the other, just different.

      Yes, I remember that RTR gathering (Rubber Tramp Rendevous). We Casita people were camped below you. I met a couple of readers of this blog there, didn’t realize (or had forgotten) that you were there, too!

  14. Pat in Yuma says:

    Sue, I’m glad you left early and missed driving in the wind. It was bad in Yuma, even had some rain.

    Enjoy your return home….stay warm, safe and most important happy.

  15. Hope you survived last night’s wind….that was really something! Better days ahead.

  16. judy in east texas says:

    Sue, just have to tell you….your killing me with all these wonderful adventures and beautiful places your going….while I’m still here trudging along in the Working World!! Your world is keeping my dream alive…i’m only about 4 years behind you….so with that just remember I’m coming Sue…as fast as I can….I’m coming.

    Stay safe out there Sue and thanks for allowing me to tag along with your adventure.

    Judy and The Donald (my Border Collie)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy in east texas….

      I’m too lazy to check if you’re new to my blog so I’ll say WELCOME anyway. 🙂

      Your comment made me smile. I can relate to what you are going through as you read my blog while still a working person. I did the same thing for several years, dreaming, fighting the anguish of facing work instead of a day going where I wanted to go, doing what I wanted to do, seeing this great country… Oh, the ache!

      And then the wait became only months, then weeks, then days…. How exciting! It will be all the sweeter for you, Judy, for the years of anticipation. 🙂

      Best wishes to you and The Donald… Thanks for joining us here!

      • judy in east texas says:

        oh sue, thanks for the welcome….i’m not new here i’m just a stalker! lol I have posted a couple of comments but just not that many, i’m now reading your BOOK and loving every second of it…i’m up to June of 2013….I have purchased a motorhome it’s a class C and do use it, even though it’s been for work mostly! The planning and $$$ savings has started and it’s all thanks to you!

        Rock on girl, and hope to see you out there one day!
        Judy and The Donald

        • judy in east texas says:

          OK<<<dummy dummy….it's a Class A and it's a beast….i just hope I can enjoy all the wilderness that you have in it!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Aren’t you smart! Using your motorhome while still working and saving all that money! Good for you!

            It’s none of my business but I have to say this…. Save, save, save in order to set yourself up very well. I scrimped for years — literally watched every penny — and I’m very glad I did!

            • judy in east texas says:

              up until i started reading your blog i saved a little and bought with wreck-less abandon….now with your advice i am stashing stashing and stashing! i still have a s&b house and i’m steadily beginning to pare back…that should take oh i would say, 4 years! now the bad thing is i have a farm…i’m the 5th generation to live in this s&b house and there’s no way in the world i can sell….so now i really have to save save save to be able to jump off into the wonderful world of vagabonding…..and again it’s all thanks to you Sue and her wonderful Canine Crew.

              Rock on

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You’re welcome, Judy!

  17. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    So strange – I just happened to go on your blog site directly to search and see if you had any references to Idaho (I’m planning a summer trip there) and noticed you had a new post for today. When I checked my email, however, there is no email from you yet for today’s post. Proof of my theory that the blogorinos must be served by different servers and thus, get your new posts at different times (i.e., not simultaneously). Further proof that being “first” is fixed, not fair, and the deck is stacked against those of us with lazy servers – LOL. OK, I’m done whining for the day, I’ll go back and read the post now. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re right. There’s nothing fair about this competition. It sucks! hahaha!

      You also might have your settings such that you aren’t notified as frequently as others.

  18. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    OK, now that I’ve read the post … I’m so glad you outran the wind and are in a place you feel secure. We had a wind advisory last night and when I got up this morning the cushions from my front porch chairs were out on the lawn and three heavy bar stools in my backyard were completely blown over. Saw lots of broken tree limbs when I was out walking the dogs. It’s very cold now (well, cold by San Clemente standards), so I hope you and the crew stay cuddly and toasty warm.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia from San Clemente, CA,

      Yes, Shirlene over at Huntington Beach reported strong winds, too, even heard there were tornado warnings for areas along the California coast. I’m glad you didn’t suffer any serious damage…

      This cold air is surprising. I’m used to warm desert wind. This is like … well … winter!

  19. Lynn Brooks says:

    Wonderful report!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore, MD)

  20. Evelyn says:

    Home is where we park, but some places are much more homey than others. Mom and I are back in the Q area after a week at Lake Mead. Much warmer down here. We’re sitting out the wind and sand storm but we didn’t get much rain here off Plomosa Rd. area. Love your pictures as usual.

    • Evelyn says:

      Forgot to ask, where do you find/get drinking water in the Blythe area?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Evelyn and Evelyn’s Mom,

        I remember you were camped along Ogilby Road when we were there. Then you went to Lake Mead and now you’re at Big Q. I imagine it is pretty chilly at Mead right now…

        Good question about drinking water in the Blythe area. One can take the interstate east to Ehrenberg. There’s a place to dump and take on water, at a Love’s, I believe… about 6 miles from Blythe, if I remember correctly.

        Or you can put your water containers in a vending machine outside the Smart & Final store, paying 30 cents per gallon. I brought a lot of water to Midland in jugs and had put some water in the tank using a funnel before arriving here.

        BTW . . . Sometimes, when the tank is empty, I keep a jug of water in the bathroom for flushing. Works just as well!

        Yes, that’s the only downside I know of for this camp… Too bad the water spigots are turned off at Miller Park in town. That was great for RVers…

        • Evelyn says:

          Oh yes Ehrenberg. Right in town there’s dump and water for $10, in front of the laundry mat. Plenty big for getting in and out. I had remembered you saying no water anymore at the park. We used that one when staying out on BLM land south of Ehrenberg.

  21. Just a little wind blown Hello from AL & The Bayfield Bunch:))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Al! Great post about the canyon with your usual, exceptionally fine photos! Hi, Kelly! Hi, Pheebs!

  22. Sharon in MO says:

    Glad you made it safely to your new camp before the wind hit! Hope you’re enjoy the hummingbirds there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon in MO,

      Nice hearing from you again. I haven’t put out the hummingbird feeder because this wind would blow it sideways and all the sugar water would run out. So no hummingbirds … yet. 🙂

  23. Sidewinder Pen says:

    Sounds like a smooth drive to your new/old-familiar camp. Early bird’s reward! 🙂

    So far, yesterday’s wind was by far the worst (95/Parker/Havasu area). It was warm, but sooo (south) windy and the dust was unbelievable. I’m fairly sheltered, but driving (a friend’s car) out of my far-in spot and through the main camping area I was being PELTED by sand, and the air was completely brown with low visibility. Ugh! I tried to stay out of it (breathing-wise) as much as possible.

    Now today it’s not windy yet, and it looks like the wind forecast is milder than initially stated. Still gonna be cold though (NW wind)! (Back to nights in the 30’s.)

    I have two hummingbird feeders up: One stuck to the window and one in a nearby palo verde. Typically, there has been one hummer at a time, and oftentimes only on one feeder. Not today! Today I have had up to ten or eleven at once, and nearly constant “feeder wars.” Mostly males on the tree feeder and females on the window feeder. Maybe they are hungry from yesterday? Or other folks took their feeders in – or ran out of nectar? (I had just filled mine prior to the blow.) Anyway, it’s interesting viewing, although maybe not so relaxing for the birds. They look to be all Costa’s Hummingbirds.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Very interesting report, Pen! Wow… Driving in wind-blown sand must have been special. Ha!

      Do you have face masks? The kind that medical personnel use? I have a few and they are perfect for going outside during these desert dust-ups. You don’t want to breathe in any spores… It’s not too bad here because ATVs are kept to a minimum within the LTVA, one of the reasons I like this place.

      Gosh, now I feel guilty for not putting out my hummingbird feeder. It sounds like there’s a shortage of food supply in your area, and maybe also around here. If the wind calms down a bit, I’ll run out and set mine up. If I rig it right, it might not dump out. I forgot to look for the one that sticks on the window glass…

      I didn’t mention in a post that our previous campsite at Saddle Mountain has an ocotillo beginning to bloom and a hummingbird was “kissing” each one of the blossoms. 🙂

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        Oh neat with the Ocotillos and hummingbirds! I’d like to see that. Not in an area with ocotillos at the moment, but maybe later.

        I have a cartridge respirator that I use for organic vapors and dust. I didn’t wear it yesterday though. Combination of the car having a cabin air filter (swanky, I know – not my car) and my not wanting to look totally weird when I went into stores (I held my breath and made a run for it). I sure would not like to get Valley Fever (although apparently its worst during a wind after a rain [rain allows spores to grow, then wind blows them]. I was out in wind before rain. But yeah.

        The window feeder I have is purchasable on Amazon (search terms: “Aspects 407 Jewel Box Window Hummingbird Feeder, 8-Ounce” It has plusses and minuses. To the good, even though I did nothing but generically clean the window, it has not budged ever (when parked). I don’t use the ant moat (so far no need) so that does reduce the weight somewhat which may help. The hummers seem to love it and it’s really fun to watch them SO close. I can see them breathing!

        A negative was something I thought I had avoided when buying but I guess I got confused (too many tabs open). That is that Aspects uses plastic with BPA and apparently (they wrote back to someone who enquired) they have no plans to change that. I’d prefer one without it. The other (minor) thing is that the window feeder will get a little mold in it within a week or so whereas the tree feeder does not. They have the same amount of sun/shade and same nectar batches. It may be because the the lid of the window one is translucent red, whereas the tree feeder has a solid red lid. I do see “beads” of condensation on the underside of the translucent lid. Nothing scientific, just casual observation.

        BTW the tree feeder design is good. Super easy to fill and clean, and the hummers love it. Amazon search terms: “Aspects 153 Mini Hummzinger Hummingbird Feeder 8-ounce” (same note about BPA though, if that’s a concern).

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You always write such informative comments, Pen, which adds much value to my blog. I want people to find my blog worth their while and comments like yours help make opening up comments worth their while, too.

          Thank you!

          • Sidewinder Pen says:


            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              Oh I meant to add, the second feeder (which I call my “tree feeder”) is also available in a medium size (8 or 10 oz, I forget), and a large size (12 oz.). They have correspondingly more “flowers” with each size.

  24. Robin Shaw says:

    I heard that Arizona was expecting some bad weather and immediately thought of you and the crew! Stay warm! Robin in NC

  25. Diann in MT says:

    You hang in there, Sue and crew. The storm will pass soon. It’s interesting to me that you were pulled to seek shelter at Midland. Like a safe moorage a sailor would know.
    Jimmy Buffet’s lyrics “one particular harbour” came to my mind. Stay safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann in MT,

      The funny thing is . . . this is hardly “safe moorage.” Not that it’s dangerous, but it’s not protected from wind, just the opposite.

      It feels safe… so your reference fits!

  26. Lee J in Northern California says:

    What an adventure! Running before the wind, loved this post!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m pleased that you did, Lee J!

      Actually, I was running toward the wind… 🙂

      • rand says:

        Still blowing hard and cold here at the coast–my narrow side yard has a slice of sun – watching the swaying 80ft palms thriving in their element. (a lightning strike a month ago sliced one down with the crown hanging by a few fibers) whatever – bought an overpriced surge protector–should sleep with a helmet.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ha! “sleep with a helmet”… and not a metal one!

          Where the heck are you? You don’t have to be specific, just the general area… California?

      • Ronda western WA says:

        Yeah At first I thought you were going the wrong way when I read your direction of travel. But I understood you’re probably used to weathering wind just didn’t want to be driving in it.

  27. theboondork says:

    Well Sue I’m still in the process of reading your blog from the beginning and I finally made it into 2013. And I must admit you’ve made me laugh, you’ve made me cry, and you’ve made me want to adopt a dog and that just about covers every male emotion.

    Back when I was RVing just for fun I stayed at almost every campsite you talked about in New Mexico. And now that I’ve been full-timeing for a whole three months I’ve already stayed at a couple of your campsites in Arizona. In fact the Boondocking site that you stayed at near the escapees North ranch I believe is the same one that I made my first Boondocking video about. If it had a big wide green gate and a sign that said burnt Sage Road that was it. And the BLM area that you stayed at in Congress near the old Pioneer Cemetery, is the picture on my homepage.

    Since my tastes in Boondocking areas seem to be somewhat similar to yours, I’m going to use your blog as a reference to campsites when I travel to the areas you’ve been in.
    I’ve been so immersed in your past activities I hadn’t been keeping up with the present and had no idea that you drove through Quartzsite this weekend. Had I known I would’ve walked over to Interstate 10 and waved as you went by.

    I know it’s always sunny and warm in Southern California so you’re probably not experiencing the cold, cloudy, windy, miserable day that I am sitting in my Arctic Fox in La Posa South.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, theboondork!

      Oh, right. It’s sunny and warm here… pffftt!! I’d be relaxing in my lounger except I don’t want to return to Arizona right now. 🙂

      It’s interesting for me to read your reactions to my old posts and also to campsites. Only one correction… That boondock wasn’t on Burnt Sage Road…

      Again I thank you for reading my blog from the beginning and for laughing, crying, and wanting to adopt a dog. I think you can agree the past four years have been wonderful for me and my crew.

      Ya know? There are mountains around us. I’m pretty sure. I remember seeing them. Nothing but white now!

  28. Ronda western WA says:

    For the blogorinos who shop Amazon through Sue’s blog if you don’t find something you’re looking for check the gift cards. I’d have never thought of this but my smart husband had a gift card emailed to himself n ordered what he wanted that way. No real time delay

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Ronda, for mentioning that. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. January sales were down… I think folks cut back after holiday spending!

      Thanks to your husband, too!

      • Ronda western WA says:

        ?I’ll pass on your thanks, he reads your blog but doesn’t follow the comments. You take great pictures n we love to see Bridget n Reggie. We can’t wait to get our “pack” out there full time.

  29. Well I’ll be a Monkeys uncle ,,, Glad you made it Sue,, we did the same,, got up early and did our shoppin’ in all and for the first time today I Did Not buy any Chewin’ Tobacco or Cigars,,,, Our new Mr. Heater, “BUDDY”, is doing great, all most too warm, but it came in the mail just in time for this little cold snap,,, there was SNOW on the hills and it, the wind didn’t start till 1 nesh and cold too,,, have a great stay down there at Midland BLM camp and give them pups a hug from us, will ya,,, Oh ,,, Piper says hi too,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m glad you got your heater and that it’s keeping you and Piper warm during this cold snap. Good luck quitting the cigars and chewing tobacco. Your lungs are already cleaning themselves. Chewing tobacco is really bad, can lead to cancers. You probably know all this. I’m just trying to help you stay away from that stuff!

      Hugs to the Lady… Nice hearing from you again!

    • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

      Good for you Rusty – I guess getting off chewing tobacco and cigars must be a New Years resolution? Sue is right about the chewing tobacco – I’ve known two men who got tongue cancer from it. My husband smokes an occasional cigar and I love the smell of it, but they probably aren’t too good for you either. Good luck with it – I’m sure it’s an indulgence that’s tough to give up. Probably better that Lady doesn’t have to deal with the second hand smoke either!!!

  30. chas anderson says:

    Guy next to us lost his awning.Luckily we pulled ours in.Quite windy near Phoenix.

  31. Nancy S from Indiana says:

    So glad you made it before the wind & bad weather hit. Although we’ve had to stay semi local for awhile, until my mother in law’s health improves, I remember driving in bad weather with a rig. Always scared me, so I’m happy you & the sweet fur babies are in for the count. Speaking of fur babies, we took our much loved 10 1/2 year old black lab Chloe, to the vet today. Wasn’t surprised she has pancreatitis again, after all she did sneak & finish my Hot Pocket yesterday. So she’s on an antibiotic & tummy relaxer medicine .

    What I wasn’t prepared for was finding out she has a heart murmur. She’s been our baby for 10 years & the realization she’s not only getting old but now has heart problems is breaking my heart. We’ve always referred to her as our daughter dog & when my mother died 9 years ago I fell asleep many nights holding her & crying myself to sleep. Why oh why do our beloved pets have to have such a short life span? It’s a rhetorical question, but you better believe she’s going to be even more spoiled.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, that’s tough news for you to hear, Nancy. Our pets give us so much and are grateful for anything we do for them. I bet Chloe treasured the times you held her while crying until you fell asleep… I say “treasured”… surely there is a dog equivalent for that. They seem to know it’s their job to stand by us in the bad times. It is heartbreaking when the years start catching up with them.

      Well, make the most of the time you have left together. You know how precious each day is . . .

    • Nancy S from Indiana says:

      Thank you Sue for your kind words . Rereading my post I’m a little
      embarrassed . I had just given her her medicine & the vets words
      were reverberating through my mind again. I’m handling it better
      today, and yes , I’m sure she treasured those moments too. She’s a big cuddle baby. She’s a lab mix, little smaller & Bridget’s sweet face reminds me of hers. She doesn’t have the pure bred lab broader face , it’s narrower like Bridge . I think they would be buddies. Thank you again .

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        You’re welcome!

        No need to feel the least bit embarrassed. If you’ve read my old blog posts… well . . . I wrote an entire post about me having a complete breakdown when Spike didn’t come inside after a middle-of-the-night potty break. . . oh the histrionics!

        We love our furry pals. Most, maybe all, of the readers of this blog understand that. Hug Chloe for me!

  32. Norman in San Diego says:

    Hi Sue,

    I hope you don’t get the winds we had here in San Diego last night. Very strong and now it is cold. Such a change from last year when it was like endless summer, after all that is what we are paying for. I was thinking about what it must be like in a travel trailer with the winds. Just part of the lifestyle. How does the BLT handle the winds when you are set up in camp?
    Nice price on the gas. I paid $2.89 this morning.
    Have a wonderful wind free week.

    Norman 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Norman. This wind won’t last forever.

      How does the BLT handle winds when we’re in camp? She wiggles and rocks and sometimes it even feels like she levitates… I don’t have the stabilizer jacks down. I went to do that and found one of the jacks is bent just enough so I’m unable bring it down into position. It must have hit the ground when we crossed a culvert.

      I didn’t unhitch the BLT when we arrived here. It makes me feel more secure in strong winds, having the BLT’s tongue connected to the PTV, rather than sitting on a “pole” inserted into a plastic cone. Probably doesn’t make any difference as far as tipping over goes…

      The capsule shape of the BLT allows the wind to pass over, under, and around very easily. I actually enjoy the gentle rocking of the wind and I appreciate the way it puts the Reginator to sleep right away!

      You have a good night and a great week, Norman. I always enjoy hearing from you.

      • rand says:

        This shop is where I had the axle installed last year.. Dave has a large hammer that will probably straighten the stabilizer
        River Valley Welding–Dave Hunsucker 1704 E. Hobsonway, Blythe cel–9094555311

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Gee, thanks, rand. Thoughtful of you. If I can get past my tendency to procrastinate within the 2 weeks we will be near Blythe, I’ll go see Dave.

  33. Geri says:

    Chuck and I were watching the weather on TV the other night and saw where you had some mean weather headed your way and we were concerned! So glad to know you are tucked away in a safe place where the hummingbirds sing! It is due to hit us by Thursday, they already have tornado warning posted here! Sheeeesh! So ready for El Nino to be over!
    Funny that you should be going by Quartzsite the same day I send you photos of our stay there! I enjoyed it very much meeting Ann and Bill, Chris and Clete, Carol and Jim and Jerry the cat! Several others whose names have faded with time, but I enjoyed every minute! Well, maybe not that super loud generator from across the wash… ! Stay tucked in and safe, we will do the same! Tummy Rubs to the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoyed those photos very much, Geri. Great memories! Thank you.

      Good heavens, tornado warnings? I hope there is a shelter nearby. You aren’t real Floridians until you’ve spent the night in a tornado shelter with a couple hundred sweating people with their babies, dirty diapers, and bad tempers. Speaking of memories… oh, dear. 🙂

      Stay safe! Snuggles to Doogie and Radar!

      • Not headed to any tornado shelter! Grin, we take it as it comes! There is a concrete block building at the big fancy RV park next door where we can go. Tornados seldom come this close to the Gulfs edge, unless its a water spout that comes ashore. The weather channels tend to overstate what might happen in an effort to keep folks safe!
        Glad you liked the photos! Grin!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re right about the weather people overstating for safety’s sake. When I spent the night in the shelter (actually 2 nights), it was beautiful weather. A hurricane sat out in the Gulf by Clearwater where I lived before it moved on to Galveston or somewhere. Everyone in my neighborhood was urged to go to the shelter and once you’re in, they won’t let you leave until they say so. A smashed PB & J sandwich for supper (the 2nd day!), kids yelling, babies crying, adults arguing… in a crowded middle school gym, trying to sleep on the floor. You can imagine…

          Even so, I’m glad to hear there is a concrete block building where you can go, if need be. I want you, Chuck, and your crew safe and happy!

  34. Whew! That was a nail biter blog right to the end. Glad you made it in time.

  35. Larry in AR says:

    That shot of Quartzsite through the windshield sure looks familiar. I saw it myself about two weeks ago. I have to admit I was shocked at the number of RV’s scattered around like spilled popcorn. And, the photo of Dome Rock is also familiar. I was parked at the far end, just off Exit 11. Closest RV was about 50 yards away. Still close but not too crowded for the four nights I was there. I had to go just once so I could explain to those who ask why I’m never going back. Two good things did come from the experience: I camped two nights beside some good friends and I got some cheap solar gear from a store in town.

    BTW, there was a lost dog around camp that looked a LOT like Reggie. I sure hope he found his home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good for you, Larry, on snagging some inexpensive solar stuff. Yeah, it is a shock to approach from the east and that blanket of white is laid out before you. I like your “spilled popcorn” description!

      Oh, that poor little dog. I hope he’s okay…

  36. Dawn in the Sonoran Desert says:

    Hi Sue! So glad you & the crew found shelter from the storm in a well-loved place. We were rocking’ & rollin’ last night too. Lots of people left Gunsight Wash today–I hope they find a place they love. We’re planning to stay for awhile longer–Jim feeds the birds & I like to think they would miss us.

    Enjoy Midland–next week looks as if it will be beautiful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn . . . I’m so pleased that you and Jim are enjoying Why. It is such a beautiful place and the birds love you!

  37. Another Reader says:

    I was probably about an hour ahead of you on I-10 west. Did see a Casita near Quartzsite, an older model pulled by an SUV. In and out of the Quartzsite McD’s around 8:30 AM AZ time. Not windy at Vicksburg Road when I drove by, breezy at McD’s.

    As you said, more rigs at Dome Rock than show up in your photo. I was also surprised at how many folks were still camped along 10 coming into Quartzsite. Low gas prices are probably making up for the Canadians that stayed home this year. I paid $1.49 in Avondale a few days ago.

    The weather really deteriorated around Palm Springs. Sheets of rain and heavy wind. I headed north on 215/15 to go around LA, crawling up the pass about 25 mph. Like you, I raced the storm, only in my case it was north up 395. Would not want to get caught on 395 in heavy rain because of the washes.

    Overall, not a good day to travel, and you were wise to make camp when you did.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Another Reader,

      You really had a rough drive yesterday, capped with rain and heavy wind. The only weather we had while on the road was my concern which never materialized until we were at our new camp. I’m glad you arrived safely at your destination.

      No, I didn’t see the Casita at Quartzsite. I did see one the other day on Rte 85 as we were leaving Ajo and it was headed toward Ajo. They beeped their horn . . . .

      • Another Reader says:

        I saw the Casita – for a second I thought it was RV Sue! You don’t see many of them. I’m only a vicarious camper, too much of a scaredy cat for the RV life.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          This one has a white tow vehicle, too… I’m pleased to have you camping along with us, Another Reader.

  38. Dineen-Bozeman, MT says:

    Thanks for such a great post as usual! Always love to come home from work and find an RV Sue post waiting for me- gives me a good night vicariously living through your adventures and planning/dreaming for my own escape some day.

  39. R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

    It is cold and windy today in Joshua Tree NP but not as windy as the last night. Keep warm RVSue. I think you need to stay inside until warmer days arrive but is Reggie able to stay in for this long?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, R. in Joshua Tree NP,

      I know I’ve said this before and it’s hard to believe… I was just thinking about you! Starting two nights ago I had the recurring thought, I wonder how R. (CO) is doing, is she still reading my blog? And here you are! Good to hear from you again. I realize often you are without internet signal. Even so, I’m like a mother hen worrying about losing a chick…

      Your weather sounds very similar to ours. Strong, gusty winds yesterday, and now it’s calm this morning. That calm might not last as the day progresses. And cold! I hope you are able to keep warm.

      About Reggie… After a day cooped up in the BLT (with frequent dashes outside, “See? I told you it’s still too windy!”), I bundled myself up around 5 p.m. and took him for a long run… and I do mean run!… so that he was able to settle down to sleep at his usual 6 p.m. bedtime. Bridget is like me, we can sleep anywhere, any time, on command!

      • R. in Joshua Tree NP says:

        It was so cold this morning but the sun is out and it looks like we’re going to have a glorious day for hiking. You’re right often I don’t have access to internet but read your blog every chance I get. Sadly, I’m just not able to read all responses and they are so informative. When I camp in a new places I think of you and there are so many isolated places I know you would enjoy. You know, a few days ago I camped in one place not too far from I-10 with no one around for about 2 miles then a pickup truck arrived and camped not farther than 200 ft from my site. Imagine that. With a whole big area available for camping he had to be so close. Why?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You may have been camped near a spot we were in a few years ago. It was near 1-10 on the south side.

          Why did he camp right next to you when there are acres and acres available? That’s a question I’ve asked many, many times…. Is it fear? Lack of imagination? City mentality? Maybe they think they’re doing a favor? As if I’m lonely by myself, rather than simply WANTING to be by myself?

          One of these days I’m going to reach the limit of my patience, walk up to the offender, and ask point blank, “Why did you choose to camp here?”

          Oh well… We still have a pretty darn nice life, right? 🙂

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            I wonder if some inexperienced people see another RV and simply think, well this must be the area where we are “supposed to” camp, so there they are. Just a thought when thinking about all this.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              You probably are right about that, Velda. Instead of buying a map and doing a little research on their own, they look for an RVer who has done their homework and sidle up to them.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Oh please do! I’d love to hear the answer but wouldn’t have the forthrightness (with strangers) to ask. I mean, we sort of know why, but I’d like to hear it from a horse’s mouth.

            (The age-old question: Why does a Clinger cling?)

            If it’s any consolation (as if it would be) the same thing happens in boating. You eschew the crowded bays that are mentioned on the charts or in guides as good anchorages and find one on your own. Large and empty! You choose a quiet corner (one of many) and drop the hook. An hour (or if you’re lucky, a day) later another boat comes in. No worry though, there are lots of good spots. BUT, they practically zoom over right next to you and anchor there. ?!??!! Bonus points if they have a generator…

  40. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Sue and Blogorinos, I am searching for the post or comment where Sue shared a few links to places to look for a tow vehicle. I can’t find the post! Anyone know which one it was or have those links? Much appreciated.

  41. weather says:

    Picturing Providence as directing a play I imagine the precise timing in the calls. Wind , hold back, let her get to Loners’ Acres and give the crew time to be comfortable when she takes them inside. Okay, now elements form a home to ensure their privacy, dust become a wall, wind blow curtains of light rain around the window in the clouds to see the sun setting through … It’s great to see that the ironwood tree circled by it’s white quartz border is intact, when the air becomes calm enough perhaps you’ll hear the song of a hummingbird from within that again. Your wanting to be there now makes perfect sense to me. Warmer nights, a garden like haven away from all but nature’s gifts and invitations to enjoy them, I’m glad you went there, too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      You never fail to recognize the forces that create “another good day” for me and my crew, and you describe them perfectly. It is reassuring to know a wise woman across the country in New York State understands why I make certain decisions that often don’t line up with what others would choose. As odd as that is, it’s true! Thank you… Your comment is like French vanilla to my coffee.

      Have a day of glorious moments . . .

      • DesertGinger says:

        Well, I cannot say if you’re motivation is anything like mine, but I can imagine what would pull me back to the Midland L.TVA…it is inexpensive, it is close to Blythe which you like, you had a very pleasant and peaceful stay there, you don’t need to worry about how long you can stay….what’s not to like? I’m guessing it is a bit like returning home to rest, rejuvenate and wait out winter as you dream and plan your summer adventures.

        I’m doing a bit of the same. I can’t say staying at Tabbys is anything like being home (lord I wish I could be in my house), but I am dreaming and planning. I imagine having energy again, after my surgery and recuperation. I’m thinking that by next summer I may feel energetic enough to go back to classes at the gym. I don’t know if I can travel to ?NY this summer…perhaps I will need to stay close to docs for followup, or maybe I will be financially strapped…but I am excited about the idea of just being able to move my body, and being able to get out and see and enjoy the world again! I am excited about being able to put in long hours doing knife work. I am just excited about feeling healthy. Woohoo!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Those imaginings of yours about having energy and being able to move and get around again will serve you well, Ginger! We’re all looking forward to the day when the surgery is over and you are feeling good again. You know we’re supporting you with prayers and positive energy…. “I am just excited about feeling healthy.” Me, too, for you!

          I hope you are able to sleep well with two newborns in the house!

        • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

          Ginger: I am so glad to see a post from you. I’ve been watching for a few days in the comments and was beginning to get worried because I didn’t see anything (although sometimes I scroll thru very quickly and could have missed something). I know you said you need heart surgery and were waiting to see the surgeon. So, did you get scheduled? Don’t mean to get too personal if you would rather not – but just wanted to pray for your surgery.

      • weather says:

        It’s my profound pleasure to share understanding each other, Sue 😉

  42. Getting ahead of the wind is such a great feeling!! Enjoy your familiar surroundings 🙂

  43. AZ Jim says:

    Hi Missy, I’ve been reading everyday but I’ve been chief cook and bottle washer for awhile. Once I was doin ok medically, Detta pulled a muscle in her rib cage which has her kinda limited. I am looking forward to more seasonable weather, this El Nino has us all screwed up. I see you guys are doin ok and haven’t even had to run the wave. Take care and remember even though you don’t see me, I am here. Hi Bridget, Reggie and my fellow blogorinos….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim,

      Good to hear from you. Ooh, I bet that pulled muscle hurt! It was nice of Detta to wait until you could take over for her. 🙂

      Yeah, this weather is unpredictable as far as making any long-range plans. Keeps those who live “on the road” on their toes! I did turn the Wave 3 on this morning for the first time in ages and I think it worked better than it ever has. It felt good. Right now it’s chilly outside and still warm inside.

      I hope Detta feels better soon. I know you are taking good care of her.

  44. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    Heads up Sue and other boondockers with Kindle device. Got an email today from Amazon that says in the next few weeks your Kndle will connect to wifi somewhere and download an update to its operating system with some new features. Not sure but am thinking this could affect your ” monthly allowance” for Internet. Something to beware of if you haven’t looked at email lately. I won’t have a problem because I’m on unlimited home wifi. Still reading the email to understand all it entails. So far it doesn’t indicate anything I need to do, accept, or decline or whatever. They just say it will happen. Hmmm!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I appreciate the “heads up,” Velda. I’ll take the hit regardless. One time Amazon scanned my blog for violations and my data count skyrocketed, causing Hostgator to push me toward purchasing a more expensive plan, which I didn’t buy. Of course, I had a Verizon overage charge. I pay and move on. 🙂

  45. theboondork says:

    Sure is a prettier day than yesterday huh?
    Sorry I got it wrong about the Burnt Sage Rd., Boondocking area, I guess I didn’t read your description carefully enough, plus I read it several days ago and maybe I had mixed it up with another place.

    I was just wondering, when you were staying in those forested areas around Flagstaff did you have much trouble finding spots where you could get enough solar to charge up your batteries ? I know you mentioned that getting some sunshine was part of your criteria for picking a spot but I’m not sure if it always worked out or not. I plan on staying in the Flag area on my slow move back to Colorado for the summer, and getting three or four hours of sunshine on my panels is key to maintaining my perky demeanor and joyful optimism.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, it’s a much prettier day. The sunshine without wind has been enjoyed by all at our house!

      I don’t recall having any difficulty setting up camp where sun could hit the panel on the PTV. That is not dense forest; trees are widely spaced and there are open, grassy areas. The last time we stayed there I don’t think I unhitched and the panel had enough sun. It’s a very handy location, giving one a stopping point when on east-west or north-south travels across Arizona.

      There are campsites along the gravel road opposite the turn for Sunset Crater and then there are more at a higher elevation (Take the gravel road and turn right when you come to a sign, then bear right when you come to a fork — Details are in a previous post.). I do remember two sites at the higher elevation are in full sun.

      Do keep in mind when positioning your rig that you park within 50 feet of the forest road. We were there when the new rules were adopted and the rangers were making sure everyone complied. Camp in established sites and you’ll be fine.

  46. theboondork says:

    Thank you Sue I appreciate that advice, I remember you writing that everyone was all a twitter about the change. You’re lucky that’s all they did, in Pike’s Peak national forest where I lived they just keep closing roads blocking off more and more of the national forest to any access other than hiking. And having dealt with the Department of Interior for many years it’s pretty easy to see the way they want this to end up, which is little to no access at all.
    RATS! I’ve suddenly veered off into politics and can feel my joyful optimism melting away by the second.
    Thank you for the advice Sue, theboondork

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I see the same thing happening with national forest lands and also BLM land. I have mixed feelings about this issue. Of course, I want access. However, one has to consider the damage that has been done and continues from overuse of certain areas and also from abuse (rigs too big for the forest roads, people driving off the roads, ATVs, dirt bikes) which adversely affects plants and wildlife, and also the natural beauty. It grates on one’s sensibilities to walk in a beautiful place and come upon torn up land and deep tire tracks.

      I come across previously open areas marked “Closed for restoration” and I think that’s a good thing. In the meantime, maybe the idiots will learn to respect the environment when driving their huge trucks and other vehicles in our forests, on our grasslands, and on our deserts.

      Okay… there went my “joyful optimism.” Ha! I just went through a cleansing there. 🙂

  47. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Boondork, I’m somewhat familiar with boondocking in the Flagstaff, AZ area and I think it’s safe to say that you can easily find sunny spots for your solar panels in the Coconino Forest around Flagstaff, or you can find heavily shaded areas, too. That area is pretty and great for “roughing it.” There are some areas just south of Flag, too, around Lake Mary and Willard Springs also comes to mind. A warning to the wise–Coconino National Forest has strict guidelines for dispersed camping and the rangers do patrol and enforce them, issuing fines without warnings. Make sure you are in an approved dispersed camping corridor within 300feet of the road before establishing your camp. Even with the limitations, there are plenty of areas that are legal and somewhat isolated. Pick a spot, kick back, enjoy the cooler side of AZ! Plan on the possibility of snow until the end of May during this El Nino year. Happy travels!


    • theboondork says:

      Thank you very much Nivrapa in AZ, I appreciate the advice, and I need all the advice I can get. I plan on stopping at a forest service office when I get in that area and get a copy of all the rules and regulations. I can never relax while boondocking until I’m absolutely sure that I am legal.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        theboondock… As Audrey stated, you can camp 300 feet from roads where camping is allowed. However, I am certain that the restriction was 50 ft from the road at the camping area opposite Sunset Crater, as the ranger was very specific about it, even pacing the distance for me. That was 2 years ago, I think… Maybe the 50-foot rule has been changed.

        I also remember that Williard Springs dispersed camping, south of Flagstaff, the 300 foot rule was in effect.

        Motor Vehicle Use Maps are very helpful as they show what forest roads area allowed for dispersed camping. If you read the article about guidelines for dispersed camping the Coconino at this link, you’ll find a link for the MVUM.

  48. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    I am glad that you were able to get your prime spot and get settled before the mighty wind caught up to you all. You really enjoyed Midland, so it is easy to see why you would want to double back to that camp. It seems like the weather has been crazy everywhere. Last year you were trying to stay ahead of fires and smoke. This year, you are trying to stay ahead of windstorms, and find warm, unpopulated spots. Those challenges make the Midland camp all that more sweeter to come home to! I hope the winds calm down and that the weather warmup enough so you and the Crew can enjoy walks and lounging in the outdoor reading room. 🙂

    My neighbors across the street have a new dauchound (sp?) puppy. She is about 12 wks old, and and adorable! A squirmy, happy bundle of joy! They have another dauchound, who is entering her senior years…she loves her “little sister.” Gracie pup and I met the sweetie tonight. Gracie made fast friends….and of course, I had to lavish love on both of their pups! Now when Gracie makes a potty run, she needs to look across the street to see if her friends are outside, too. I am freezing, wanting to get back into the house, and she wants to scope out the neighborhood! Silly girl! 🙂

    Have a good night, Sue. Sending you, Miss Bridget, and Sir Reginald hugs from me and Gracie pup! Enjoy Midland! I hope you can put out the hummingbird feeder soon! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      Little doxies are so cute! And their fur is like silk. How sweet that Gracie has friends nearby. I hope she can have playdates when the weather warms up ….

      Have a good day, you two! I’m always pleased to see you here. 🙂

  49. Denise - Richmond VA says:


    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I know your surgery will be successful and that you will be able to go home soon thereafter. Sink your teeth into a Knife writing assignment. Sending you a BIG hug! 🙂

    • DesertGinger says:

      Thanks Denise, how nice of you. Tomorrow I go to dentist to get my dental clearance. You can’t have heart surgery without a dental clearance. In a few days my two cousins from Canada are coming down to visit me, and I will go stay at their hotel with them. Very excited to see them. On the 17th and 18th I have testing at the Heart and Vascular Institute at Hoag Hospital. So I have lots going on. And I’m doing Knife work and helping with babies. I’m a bit nervous but strangely not as fearful as ?I was for testing. This time I’m more nervous about being in pain. Heart surgery is the most painful surgery. But I am excited about the outcome of feeling healthy again!

      So nice of you to think of me. Hope all is wellin your world and not too cold.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, FL says:


        It is important for the dental check. My friend had a badly performed root canal and the infection ruined her heart valve.

        She said she had no pain from the valve replacement. Do not fear, they manage the pain for you.

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        Hi Ginger! Good to hear from you! I’m not sure what your source of info is to report that heart surgery is the most painful surgery, but I would heartedly dispute that! You will likely not recall anything until day 3 or 4 as things are pretty foggy. The pain control is excellent during the entire process. Will it hurt? Of course, but I think your fears are very unfounded. I think hooking up with some members of the “zipper club” would allay a lot of your fears and be helpful in informing you what you can expect after the surgery–both immediately and long term.

      • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

        Ginger: I just read further down in the comments and saw this post. If you are referring to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, I live just down the road in San Clemente. If your surgery is going to be at Hoag and there’s anything you need, please let me know. I’d be happy to help.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Hi guys! My source was the nursing staff who held a class before my knee replacement, in which we were told that the two most challenging surgeries for the human body to tolerate are knee replacement and open heart surgery. At the time I thought “thank god I’m not having open heart”.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:


  50. Nivrapa in AZ says:

    Hi Sue!

    Sure glad your heater is back in service. It’s been rather chilly all day around my neighborhood. Got up to a high of 44 degrees this afternoon on my patio. That’s really cold for here! It was sunny but breezy. A day for staying inside which is just what I did. I can’t even see the surface of my kitchen counter or table–it’s totally covered with MAPS and the maps have sticky notes. Yep, I’ve been dreaming about this year’s travels and have been plottin’ and mappin’ and figurin’ all day. Such fun! Somewhere or somehow I misplaced my AZ Benchmark but I have enough state road and forest maps that made do for the time being, but golly I miss that Benchmark. I think I must have visited a gazillion web sites today checking out wilderness areas, forests, geo and topo features, boondocks, and I don’t remember what else. I have traveled thousands of miles today if only on my maps and in my dreams. And I’m pooped. I think this may be the year for exploration of CO and UT via NM. It has been a really, really good day at my house. Dreams and maps–what a grand combination! A warm and cozy night to you and the crew. Gonna be a sub freezing night for sure.


    • DesertGinger says:

      Are you in Tucson Audrey? And the high was 44? Oh my, that is cold! Maybe it’s better I’m stuck in southern CA.

      • Nivrapa in AZ says:

        No. I’m north of Tucson but still in Pima county way out in the pristine desert. Tucson’s high yesterday was 49 at the airport. I’m typically 5-6 degrees cooler than the city and am at about 3K feet elevation. My thermometer at 7AM said 21 and even now it’s only at 26. Yep, that’s pretty darn cold for these parts. Coldest I’ve seen at my house was 12 degrees back in Feb of ’11. Last winter was very mild and I didn’t even use my heater. This winter it’s working overtime!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It is fun to plan trips. You’re better at it than I am. I “plan” as we go. I start with a general idea of the direction and then the rest unfolds. If I try to plan a lot in the future — doing the research you mention — I become overwhelmed with the possibilities. There are so many wonderful places to go!

      Boo-hoo on misplacing your Benchmark! I hope you find it soon. I’m glad it’s been “a really, really good day” at your house. Have another good one today!

  51. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    you snooze-you lose………..and I just slept right thru it………..

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