Travel planning by black tank

Wednesday, September 2

P1070003Ephraim Canyon Road, Badger Mountain, Utah

It’s eight o’clock in the morning when Bridget, Reggie, and I set out for a walk.

“You’re in good shape today, Bridge.  Let’s see if we can make it all the way to our old camp, okay?”

Often our walks are cut short when Bridget runs out of steam.  This has been the case the past few days.  In order to give the Reginator the exercise his body needs, sometimes I have to leave Bridget in the Best Little Trailer and run Reggie up and down the road.

I’d much rather have Bridgie along, and so would Reggie.

P1060993We do make it all the way to our former Bluebell camp. 

Lots of memories here.  (See how different this area looked in this post of June 2013:  “A new day starts facing the sun.”)

Cottonwood Creek roars in spring.  Now it trickles around the rocks..

P1060995Bridget and Reggie like to investigate together.

P1060994I’m thrilled Bridget is energetic and enjoying herself today! 

She’s feeling good and doesn’t seem to be bothered by me pointing the camera at her.  I wonder if she remembers this place.

P1070002We leave Bluebell and continue up the road. 

The photos in this post are a mix of full sun to shady.  That’s because the sun is barely clearing the mountaintop this early in the day.  Now and then it peeks through the thick, white clouds hovering at the peak.  The shade makes our walk cool and pleasant.

P1070004“Hold up, guys.  I want to take a picture over here.”  Bridget and Reggie know the drill.  They wait patiently.

“You’re such good pups!”

P1070001We go up the road until I can see the San Pitch Mountains across Sanpete Valley.  That’s morning haze on the mountains in the next photo, not smoke.

P1070006Yesterday a wave of ambition comes over me.

Very strange.  I empty out the back of the Perfect Tow Vehicle, clean it, and repack.  I’m always surprised by how much stuff is in there!

It rains on and off the past few days.  Not the dreary kind of rain that doesn’t let up, but gentle showers from isolated, passing rain clouds, followed by sunshine that makes the leaves and grass glisten.

The flowers are fading, the grass drying. . . .

Soon autumn will be here!

P1070014Ever so often, when the light is just right, I come across my favorite type of nature scene.

This is when the plants glow in such a way that they make a photo look like a painting.   I find one this morning on our walk!

P1070010I want us to stay on the mountain through Labor Day Weekend.

A previous time the crew and I camped in Manti La-Sal National Forest, I talked with the rangers at the office in Ephraim.  They were flexible about the time limit.  They realized the difficulty of finding a new camp right before a holiday weekend.  That year I think it was Memorial Day Weekend.

Camping here through Labor Day weekend means pushing my luck as far as the black tank goes.

The last time I dumped tanks was at the RV park in Vale, Oregon.  Yeah, way back then.

If I don’t dump tanks until we leave here after Labor Day — on September 8th —  that would make 27 days between tank dumps!   That’s stretchin’ it!

P1070007Taking the BLT down the mountain to dump and then climbing back up the mountain is not an option.  I don’t want to do that.

Sooooo . . .

Do we leave tomorrow (Thursday), dump tanks, and search for a new camp? It would have to be tomorrow in order to beat the holiday weekenders.

Or do we stay on Badger Mountain and risk . . . well . . . you know.



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167 Responses to Travel planning by black tank

  1. Bridgett looks so happy in these pictures. Maybe she does remember this place

  2. Barbara (Nashville) says:


  3. Dawn in NC says:

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks so much for the post. They always brighten up my day. OK, I might as well be the first to state it: is a homemade latrine a possibility? Not ideal, but it means you could stay there. Hey, Reggie and Bridget do it all the time! 😉

  4. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Darn, two minutes. Just happened to have some work to do so thought I would start early, but first a quick check to RV Sue. If I hadn’t read the post first, I would have made it. I love the photo of the morning glow on the plants. That photo just seems to dazzle.
    Bridget looks happy and perky this morning. Sue, did you see my comment about Angel copying Bridget’s “Just sit down and wait” in the previous post? As I said before, I love Badger Mountain, but 27 says would be a stretch. We know what happened last time!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I did see it, Barbara. Sounds like Angel might have a bit of Bridget’s “attitude.” 🙂

  5. I’m glad Bridget has good days. Let’s hope for many more.

    Your pictures show the change of seasons. I will enjoy autumn, even though we have had little summer here in Ohio. We had a too-long rainy spring right through June, then cool and dry most of August. Autumn will be enjoyable, though, unless something goes completely haywire.

    My taste runs to less risk, and I see beauty everywhere in nature. I think I’d pull out on Thursday and just try to get as far from the crowds as I could. It might be a good time for boondocking.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin,

      Yes, more boondocking would be great for this weekend. The main thing I want to avoid is a place where OHVers drive around a lot. There are several trails used for that purpose in the mountains around here. It’s hard to predict where they will gather this weekend. Three or four days of constant revving and droning and dust flying would drive me crazy!

  6. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hey Sue and Crew, This area just holds a special place in my heart. I just love it here. Your photos are just awesome!

    Bridget looks really good here, glad to see her have so much energy. Reggie is always ready to go, love that about him! Such sweet pups, both of them.

    Wowza, 27 days, that would indeed be pushing it. I wish you luck if you try it. lol

    Have a great weekend everyone and if any of you are members of our RV group on Facebook, thanks for being part of our first year. We are now over 17K members and growing every day!

    • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

      Jolene, I am one, and I enjoy it very, very much. Thanks for all your hard work.

      • Chuck and I are also a members of Jolene’s group! Interesting!

        Sue, it makes me happy to see Bridget more relaxed lately! The camera doesn’t seem to bring out that wicked look any more! I have loved your visit to this camp! The Aspens, the sheep, the tree across the road and lordy, who ever knew that there were so many varieties of saws to take camping! I will admit to liking the folding like a jaknife saw the best!
        Nothing much to add about the black tank except we been there and done that! Ha!

    • Anne P (NC) says:

      Jolene, what’s the Facebook group?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jolene, for the compliment on my photos.

    • Jolene…Love this rv group, I have learned so much on that site

    • Val R. Lakefield On says:

      Jolene, I am also a member. Great site, thank you

    • Linda Rose & the 4 M's Carmichael, CA says:

      Thanks Jolene, I just joined.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      Sent a request to join!

    • Jolene/Iowa says:

      Hey Sue,

      One of my group members is having trouble finding where to follow you at here on this group page. I am not finding the email signup either. Can you give me some direction as to where to point them to here on your blog please?

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I found it at the bottom Sue, so never mind. I posted your blog today as a way to ask people what they would do? Some new people are finding your blog for the first time and wanted to sign up to follow you and couldn’t find it.

    • Pamelab in Houston says:

      Hey, Jolene – I see a couple of friends from Sisters on the Fly. I am really enjoying rvsue’s blogsite. I learn something new every day, and that is from Sue and the comments.

      • Jolene/Iowa says:

        I am not in that group, ours is a tips group. Every now and then I will share a Sue blog post so that more people find out about her blog. And just like the one I shared yesterday, I ask people to respect her privacy. That she loves people to read her blog and share but her day to day life she likes her privacy and to camp alone with her pups.

  7. Jean/Southaven, MS says:

    I love the picture of the flowers and the light. I think Bridgett remembers this place, she seems quite happy. I remember this place. We waited too late to get a reservation for this weekend which means we are staying home.

  8. Elizabeth in S.E. New Mexico says:

    Lovely pictures as usual…. Glad Bridget is feeling more perky/perkier? The little guy
    is always a cutie…..
    Sure hope the black tank will be able to manage until you do make it to a dump station! Mine gets dumped when the level is high enough to see the water coming up into the bowl!
    Yesterday an extremely competent RV Fix-It guy was here to do a list of chores I handed to him. One thing I had not previously considered was to hook-up my
    Winegard Antenna so I could have that and the Dish as well! It will reach out to
    bring in 14 channels very clearly! Had I known that when I first moved here, most
    likely I would not have subscribed to Dish Network! That is an expense I now know
    I do not need, and never did! As I always say, “I’m worth it!” However, Dish seems
    to be shutting down some of the channels…. The satellite companies seem to be
    struggling to grow & maintain their businesses. Usually I only watch the PBS channels, except for the news and programs that do not contain ANY violence!!!!!

    It is good to know that you and your “furkids” are out of the areas where there are
    so many fires! Like all the other blogerino’s, have great concern for your welfare, and the crew as well!

    Keep on keepin on out there!
    Hugs from Elizabeth….aka etwo/E2

    I do not need, and never did!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, E2!

      It’s a good feeling to have all those fix-it jobs taken care of. Thanks for sharing information about satellite television.

      And thanks also for your concern for me and my crew!

  9. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    That one photo of the light glowing on the plants is beautiful – reminds me of a Monet painting. As far as the tank, how about doing what Reggie does? Just lift your leg and …. LOL.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Cynthia, regarding the photo of light. I wondered if readers would see it the way I do… Not much subject matter, but, oh, the light! 🙂

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      That is exactly what I thought when I saw the photo. 🙂

  10. Lisa W says:

    I am so glad Bridget had a good day. The black tank is one of our worries, it is only 24 gallons and that is not much for 2 older women who want to boondock. It would be very hard to leave such a great site just before a holiday weekend, either way you decide – good luck.

  11. Pam and Maya says:

    Beautiful photos as usual, Sue! Maya and I are in Eastern Idaho and staying put for the weekend! I was debating wether to dump my Porto-pottie today or tomorrow but I see you guys have a bigger problem! Come on Sue, is there a record for how many days between dumps? Go for it!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! Thanks for cheering me on. Only you won’t be here to face the consequences! 🙂

      Good idea to stay put during this weekend.

  12. cc and canine (Eastern Missouri) says:

    You changed the header photo for your blog…. Nice shot of the BLT and the PTV. It looks familiar….maybe last winter/spring in AZ somewhere??

    As usual, your eye for photos is excellent. I especially like the one of the grasses gently blowing in the wind, and the purple and yellow flowers. Keep up the good work!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Cc and canine…. (I appreciate you including your location.)

      That header photo is really old… 2012 maybe? It shows our camp on BLM land between Congress and Wickenburg in AZ, south of Escapees North Ranch.

  13. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Hi Sue…..Road pictures, you know how much I love them. Great job again today, and Bridget looks fit and happy, and then there is Reggie, no words for that little guy. So I think you can find a bush or two out there, Reggie does. I have friends who use a coffee can…seems they don’t want to dump the black tank or get it dirty…it is a new trailer..ha! Well, I guess you already made up your mind since you are off on to a new camp. Happy travels and sleep tight nights to you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I haven’t made up my mind yet. I probably won’t decide until tomorrow. Um… coffee can… in the middle of the night… no, thank you. 🙂

      Thanks for the “great job”…. Be well and happy!

  14. Dawn in MI says:

    Bridget is happy, you’re happy, Reggie is always happy. I’d stay on the mountain and take the risk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn…

      We now have a comments section occupied by two camps…. The risk-takers and the why-take-the-chance folks. 🙂

      It’s another beautiful day on the mountain, makes it tough to leave.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        There are some good ideas to keep you in camp and away from the weekend traffic. Of course, out there it might not be that bad. I live where it is so congested we probably will stay close.

        Whatever, your decision won’t be wrong for you.

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        I’m “why-take-the-chance.” Some RVers who live where there is actually weather, regard Labor Day as the end of the RV season and will be out there!

  15. AZ Jim says:

    Well Missy, things are looking good with the crew and go or stay is up to you but I am gonna be there whichever you opt for. As to all the other “toilet” idea, they talked so much about it that I need to go pee. Later Sue….

  16. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Great photos! Love the one that looks like a painting. Fall is coming!!!! I, for 1 , will be very happy to say good bye to this Mississippi heat!! I love Fall!!
    So glad to see Bridget looking so good. Waiting to hear how this mystery ends….will she or will she not …make it through the weekend without emptying that black tank. Oh dear!!
    Love and hugs to you and the crew

  17. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    The pictures are wonderful ! They do look like a Monet with the light through the flowers. Glad Bridget is better. The little one is a cutie.

    thought about you – there was a consumer alert on TV. Apparently there is a couple that goes to Walmarts and when someone writes a check they need to use their SS #??. Anyway, the women uses her phone to zoom in (usually stands to the side of the person) and captures the SS# on her phone using video. Then they go to another Walmart and the man uses a bogus check and the SS# they just stole. So, if you go to Walmart and need to use your SS# block the view of anyone that might be around .

    Whatever you decide, stay or go, be safe and have a good weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      I guess that SS# photo trick could be used at any store. Thanks for the heads up!

      Also appreciate your feedback on my photos. 🙂

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Now THERE’S a good scam! SS#’s should never be given out anywhere in the retail marketplace!! Notify the Walmart manager that such a thing is going on in their store.

        RVSue, I remember you talking, in a post not long ago, about how much you hate the phone. Well, me too. But it’s become worse than annoying. It is downright aggressive. Now I get messages on my answering machine from a woman with a very thick accent saying: “You sound very nice woman. I want to be you friend. I call again. We talk about being friend.” Or “You won a trip to the Bahamas!” So, I just emailed all my family, friends, business contacts and told them EMAIL ME ONLY otherwise you know best times to call me. Then I disconnected my answering machine. I am now old enough to understand the saying: “Times change. You have to change with them.”

        • Alice (So. Fla) says:

          I know Gayle, I was surprised that they would even allowed to ask for that to cash a check. I don’t know what help it is if it’s so easy to use a stolen one. I’m kinda funny about handing out too much info.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Well, they’re allowed to ask (as so many people do), but you don’t have to give it to them. A list can be googled (official gov answers) of places that really can legitimately ask for it. At places such as doctor’s offices, where they often ask but don’t officially need it, I’ll just write in “please assign me an ID number of your choice.” Because that’s all they’re using it for – a convenient (for them) handy ID number. Very very few places actually should get the SS #.

            I don’t know all the machinations, but I know it can be used for identity theft. I guard mine fiercely. OTOH, I have no idea how it would help someone to cash a check. I can see a phone photo or video being used for nefarious purposes (stealing PIN or etc.), but I actually can’t see how it would help someone to cash a check at the next store – I wonder if the story got twisted around somehow.

  18. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Lovely area…indeed. Glad to see Bridgee Babee had a good day.

    Hmm…filled black water tank on the back roads of Morocco…could get a little messy. My guess is you dumped and found another fabulous spot!

    Numerous bear sightings up here….their berries have dried up and they are looking for food. The citidiots keep attracting him with their garbage cans. They apparently don’t think they have to clean up the mess it makes. So…the road looks like a garbage dump. Nice eh?

    Have a wonderful, peaceful evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      You have my sympathy regarding the neighbors attracting bears with their garbage. Sounds like they’re used to having others clean up after them.

      Um.. “back roads of Morocco”…. Huh?

      You have a nice evening,too…

  19. Suzette (TN) says:

    Waiting in great anticipation to see whether you go or stay. 🙂

    I find myself wondering what triggers you to start heading south for the winter. Do you actually wait for that first cold snap? Or do you play it strictly by the calendar?

    I continue to enjoy seeing the purchase lists. It fascinates me to see what people buy. I guess I’m easily entertained. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      It’s hard to say what triggers are trek south. Our first year I think it was the calendar. I take more chances encountering snow than I did the first two years. It’s not that I make a decision to head south. It’s more the time comes when I no longer push any further north. Then I meander west-south-east… making it up as I go along with southern Arizona as our eventual destination by December, maybe sooner.

      This year doesn’t follow our pattern, due to the race out of smoke.

  20. Sue,

    You know we are all in suspense as to the outcome of the black tank situation….hmmmm, what will you do?!? 😉

    Like Suzette just mentioned (and others as well in previous posts), I always check out the list of stuff people buy as well! I look for my purchases, too, but never have seen them, guess I buy boring stuff! Haha!! I’ll just keep on shopping till I see one make your top 5! I’ve turned it into a game!….my wallet just shuddered…..yikes.

    Loved all the pics you added, and I did click on your link from your post from 2 years ago….always love a good Spike soak pic 🙂 Miss that boy and his soaks….

    Anyways, can’t wait to hear about your decision, to stay or not to stay!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marla,

      Thank you very, very much for choosing my blog as your portal for shopping Amazon. I do hope I choose one of your purchases soon!

      I try to choose a variety of items when I make those six links… a range of prices and a variety of interests. Of course, interesting things related to RVing and camping are most likely to make the list. Thanks for the feedback.

      I’m also pleased that you clicked on the link to see our camp on Badger Mountain in June of 2013. Spike in the stream, Spike in the mud, dandelions all over… We three enjoyed that camp very much.

  21. Leesa ( IA) says:

    Hi Sue

    DUMP!! I wouldn’t want any part of that clean up – Yuck!! Glad to see Bridget is feeling better had to take my little one to the vet today so no camping for her this weekend . We will be at the county park campground lots of friends and things to keep the little ones busy. Hope you find the solitude you are looking for this weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Leesa, I hope you have an enjoyable weekend, too. Best wishes to your “little one.”

  22. Piper (Virginia) says:

    Hi Sue! Have a great Labor Day weekend! My husband and I are heading out tomorrow, to beat the crowds, to do some camping. Only 3 hours from home but a nice get a way at Shenandoah State Park. Thanks for your posts. Love reading them and I guess I am living through you till we get a camper of our own. So many places to see!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Piper,

      Oh, Shenandoah…. beautiful area! I haven’t camped there, but have driven around there. Lovely. You have a great weekend!

  23. weather says:

    Your photo does look like a painting!What I find especially beautiful about it is that the colors simultaneously soothe and invigorate- as the life when we are actually in nature can be felt offering us.You perceive and share that in a profound way I so enjoy.

    Your having an ambitious day and Bridget’s having an all around good one right afterwards intrigues me. Had you’d both recently eaten a protein or other food particularly healthy for you that’s not normally your everyday fare?If not,I wonder if feelings of satisfaction and being tired-in-good-way made you sleep well,then awaken in a mood even more visibly lighter/happier/uplifted than usual that she picked up on and so shared.You wonder if she remembers the place and I wonder what I mentioned-how love-ly that we two species, a mystery to each other ,gain peace and joy by being together.

    As it may be illegal or just gross to you I’ll guess taking advantage of the privacy there by daylight deposits being made nearby and shoveling soil to bury/cover it isn’t the solution you’ll choose to solve the black tank capacity problem.If you decide it’s best to move I hope your next camp makes you glad all this happened,and that it has internet signal 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      Your words that the photo soothes and invigorates had me looking at it again… very true!

      I think Bridget was ready and enthusiastic for a long walk because today followed several lazy days for her. Long naps while I read and puttered around, also when it rained. Before every walk I encourage Bridget to come along. Some days she won’t get out of bed until late morning.

      I do hope we find a place for the weekend with internet signal. If not, we may be absent through the weekend.

    • Sidewinder Pen says:

      BTW, not illegal to do one’s business outdoors in the NF (and other places). Still allowed to do things the “old-fashioned” way (natures’s outhouse :)).

      There are some guidelines to follow to keep things from getting gross (as with many things). I won’t re-post them here in case it’s not appropriate, but here is a link to “Principle 3” of leave no trace (“dispose of waste properly”):

      Sometimes things are different in certain special places. When I kayaked a western river some years ago (first real time spent in high desert), the guideline was to pee in the river, and then #2 went into a bucket (slaked with lime, IIRC) and was taken out with us. Things don’t decompose etc. in the same way in the arid climate, and plus, being a long narrow river with only small campsites, there was no way to get far enough away nor to dig deep enough to not have it become gross over time/people.

      Small groups (or people before the plastic 5-gallon bucket was ubiquitous) would use ammo cans for #2 which is why it’s (still) known as a “groover” 😀

      That was the first time I had to “separate” the two duties and it was surprisingly challenging (got used to it though).

      LooRead: Sorry, but these sorts of things get talked about when camping/boating and in other places where it doesn’t all just “seamlessly” flush away into a municipal sewer. Just like with electricity and fresh water, we “are our own utilities” and thus have to manage them accordingly.

      • weather says:

        Thanks,Pen,I’d hoped it was true nationwide as I’d found it very convenient in all the ones I’ve stayed in.I’m used to really roughing it by most people’s standards,but…Reading Principal 3 I thought”I’m good with it all,been there,done that,WHAT?!” As natural alternatives to toilet paper-snow and vegetation are doable,think I’ll skip the rocks,Ha!

    • weather says:

      Guess it’s moving day ,Sue,I hope it goes well ,and that you get your reg.stickers and a camp with pristine beauty and privacy uninterrupted .If anyone else is around I hope they are considerate towards all,including flowers.

  24. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    The “painting” pic is my favorite also. I see Reggie is keeping the grass/flowers watered while you are there. It is good to hear from you Miss Sue and see that Miss B and Reggie are ok and loving checking things out! Where can I find information about SD registering a vehicle and an address, etc. Do you know of a site I can check? Thanks for your time and help in advance. Have a great labor day weekend coming up!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Go to Americas Mailbox (a search will bring it up). That’s what I used to register the BLT and PTV back in 2011. The instructions are at their site. You can do the registrations online and your plates will be sent to you. If you’re already on the road, just give Americas Mailbox a general delivery address at a post office where you’ll be. There is no need to go to South Dakota to set up your vehicle registrations and they may be renewed each year online.

      Americas Mailbox will provide you with a street address (which is their location) with your special number in it. You can use this address for legal activities, whenever a resident address is required… for voting registration, for example.

      Notify pertinent parties of your change of address. You set up a postage fund with Americas Mailbox and then it’s easy to ask them in an email whenever you want your mail forwarded to you.

      As for driver’s license, you will need to go to SD one time, have your photo taken, show some documents like birth certificate. There isn’t a big hurry about this. I didn’t go until almost a year after I started full-timing. You have to give proof that you “reside” in SD for a day or two (can’t remember exactly) and that is easily given with a receipt from a campground. I stayed at a campground near Hot Springs, only a few dollars a day. Or you can stay at Americas Mailbox and pay a lot more for not much more than a parking lot, I hear.

      Drivers license may be obtained at DMV offices anywhere in South Dakota. You do not have to go to the county where your legal address is.

      I hope this is helpful. I’m not saying Americas Mailbox is the best. I don’t know about others. It has worked fine for me.

      I’m glad you liked the painting photo. 🙂

      • Dawn in MI says:

        Really valuable information Sue! Thank you.

      • Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

        Thank you so much……..blessings to you and the crew!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I forgot to mention…. Your choice of domicile may affect your health insurance. This has been discussed in depth at Nina’s Wheeling It blog.

        • Joy Sutton says:

          Did you have to take a test for your driving license? If so was it written , driving , both?

          • Hi Joy. The only test I had to take to get my drivers license in SD was the standard vision test!

            • Joy Sutton says:

              Great! I hadn’t considered changing my domicile but if I don’t have to take the driving test I might. Hadn’t figured out how to parallel this big dude and I don’t intend to toad. Can’t slant park either les you got 2 or 3 spots together or the double slots of say Walmart. I choose my stops carefully. I need too walk a lot anyway. Good for the heart. Lol

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          That is very true, and unfortunately it’s a bit of a nail-biter right now. Starting last year, BCBS of Texas had some very attractive PPO plans (allowing one to get insured health care all around the US, not just in home state). At the time, I was on the cusp of choosing a domicile, and so I went with Texas (I had wanted to do SD, being a northerner, but they didn’t have any suitable insurance plans for the likes of me).

          Well the past year has been great, but BCBS Texas recently announced that they are no longer going to offer the PPO plans for 2016. As I understand it, Florida (another decent choice) is doing a similar thing. This has left me (and many others) up in the air. Do I need to change my domicile (hassle!)? To where?

          This basically all hinges on health insurance (for me, a pre-Medicare person who provides my own individual health care insurance).

  25. BeckyIO says:

    So glad to hear that Bridget has been doing well on walks. I just love aspen trees and think this camp you have is pretty sweet.

    Good luck, whichever way you decide on the black tank. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, BeckyIO… Yes, this has been a sweet camp. It’s been fun sharing it with you.

    • Pamelab in Houston says:

      BeckyIO – I really enjoy your blog and your work and volunteer opportunities along the way. Just viewed your videos, too. Best of travels to you. Thank you.

      • BeckyIO says:

        Thank you for reading Pam, glad you’ve found IO interesting. 🙂 Wish I could get my videos of Yellowstone up but with limited internet it’s not possible right now. Hopefully once I get to TX next month!

  26. Val R. Lakefield On says:

    Hi Sue , love your pictures. I think I recognize the little white building on the left from the last time you were in the area.
    Hope you find a good camp if you decide to move. Our Taylor Coach only has 9 gal black 18 grey, so I know when the time comes, boondocking for long won’t be easy. I have been looking at the Thetford portable tanks, the built in hose would be handy, but weight could be a problem. I have decided to just take along the porta pottie that we had with the Aliner and use it as a back up. I figure it would be easier to take to a dump station.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      I’m not sure I understand why a port potty would be easier to take to a dump station. In my reply to Lisa W (above), I put a link. That tote-n-store has the hose for dumping, along with a hose for cleaning it. Looking at the photos I can see that it would be pretty easy to handle the process and the tank has wheels. An investment… The smallest tank will bring your black up to 24 gallons.

      Yes, that little white building is next to our former camp. Thank you for letting me know you love my photos.

      • Val R. Lakefield On says:

        Well I figure that if we didn’t want move the trailer to dump, we could empty the porta in a vault toilet If that is allowed. Will be another year anyway before I ever get to the desert to try things out anyway.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          It can be handy to be able to “service” your rig without breaking camp — especially if you are the type who likes to camp for long period of time in one place (and are allowed to). To me “long” is over two weeks.

          I have a friend with a camp trailer and his tow vehicle is able to do this: It has a large water tank, plus grey/black tank. So he can take care of those things with a trip to town in the tow rig.

          OTOH, many of the places I camp have a two-week limit, and oftentimes I’m ready to roll at around that point in time anyway. Still, it could certainly be handy at certain times/places.

          • Val R. Lakefield On says:

            Your friends set up sounds great. This is our first experience owning a trailer with holding tanks and so far it has been easy with just short stays. Once we get to the South West, I would probably be ready to move after a week or so. Want to see as much as possible & will only have a few months at the most to do it in.

            • Sidewinder Pen says:

              I don’t know your exact trailer or lifestyle, but I would imagine that with some conservation adjustments, most people could make a week, so you may be just fine. Guess you’ll see how you like to camp in the SW when you spend some time there 🙂

  27. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Mr.LooRead,

    Well, I probably won’t try for 27 days…. I’ll try to leave in the morning. If not then, we’ll leave on Friday. It’s too risky to stay through the weekend and the consequences too dire!

    Amazingly, no smell from my tanks at this point… I do use a deodorizer treatment.

    Nice hearing from you… Maybe next time we can talk about something other than waste tanks. 🙂

  28. Lovely photos of the beautiful landscape and the pups, and the photo with the glow on the plants is gorgeous! It does look like a painting, great photography skills Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda.

      It’s such fun! That “painting” photo is a section I cropped out of a larger photo of a field glowing with light. I used Picasa photo editing to replace color saturation lost at that distance. I also added a bit of highlight and sharpening… and voila! Painting without the mess!

  29. Linda Rose & the 4 M's Carmichael, CA says:

    That one photo looks like an impressionist painting for sure. Gorgeous!! I was thinking…when Bridget doesn’t feel like walking she could still come along if you had a front puppy pouch like I have for Muffin. Of course that depends on how much Bridget weighs. I know when the trail is rough it doesn’t work to use her stroller. Just a thought.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thoughtful of you, Linda Rose, to mention the front puppy pouch. Bridget is around 25 pounds, a bit heavy for that. Also she is particular in how she sits. I don’t know that she could be comfortable.

      You’re right… I couldn’t put her in the stroller here.

      Sometimes she plays a game. She refuses to get out of bed when it’s morning walk time. So Reggie and I take off without her, leaving the BLT’s door open. Sure enough, we aren’t very far and here comes Bridget. I go back and shut the door and off we go!

      You wouldn’t believe some of the nonsense Bridget insists upon…. Example: I cannot simply pick her up and put her on the bed. She has to walk to the back wall, turn around, walk to the bathroom door, turn around, step forward, and then I’m allowed to pick her up. If I try to pick her up before the completion of this ritual, she backs away from me. Obsessive compulsive disorder, methinks. 🙂

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        HRH has her royal rituals! Cannot deviate from the official protocol! 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        I still say what our princess needs is a sedan chair. 🙂

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          Ha, now there is an image. And probably no coincidence that it takes four servants…. erm, I mean *people* to operate. Plus the additional one or two to take care of peeling grapes, etc.

          (I jest as I think grapes are very bad for dogs, but it’s the concept :D)

  30. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    It was nice to see Bluebell camp again. I think I remember that white building and bridge in photos from your last visit to the area. Bridget looks like she was having an exceptionally good day, happy to be exploring, even leading the walk! Reggie watering the flowers was just too cute!

    I, too, like the photo of golden light. It looks like an impressionist painting,. Lots of texture in the different grasses. The purple (thistle?) flower closeup is gorgeous!

    To dump or not to dump…that is the question! There might not be probloems now, but after the weekend, driving that bumpy road to get to the dump station, you might get an unpleasant surprise. Cleanup on isle three!! Shudder at the thought! Good luck with your decision.

    The last couple afternoons, it has rained hard a few miles from my house. Driving home from work through heavy rain, only to find it dry as a bone in my neighborhood. Maddening! Tonight, a storm finally popped up….an hour of heavy rain, lightning, and thunder for good measure – yay! I don’t really care about my grass, which is mostly weeds, but was concerned about my flowers, trees, and shrubs. Glad that Mother Nature blessed me with some rain!

    Just in case you move to an area with no connectivity, I am sending you early wishes for a safe, happy Labor Day! I plan on staying close to home, enjoying a long weekend off from work! Sending you and the Crew hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

  31. carlene in western Wy. til after the holiday says:

    The pictures are so inspiring, photography has been an on and off interest. I loved film even though digital is so much more budget friendly.
    I’m on the Bridger-Teton National Forest for the next 6 days. A very small campground 11 sites I think, kinda close to the road but I’ll tell you there is little or no traffic when away from Yellowstone. Everyone was heading south this morning, miles went by on hwy 89 without anyone in site infront or behind me. Great driving with a tail wind also.
    I tried to head up a forest service road, got 1 mile and turned around, just too rough. But will attempt again some day. Also the Bridger Teton Forest campground are all first come first serve. Thank goodness some one has a brain on this issue. IMHO.

    Sue thanks again for the great post, from the eastern side of Buffalo Valley, with 4G and 3 bars depending on how high you hold your device. LOL!
    Take care on the move or not to move… Hugs those fur babies.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, carlene,

      You’re keeping the name of this campground secret? Those little campgrounds are my favorites… often ignored by others, no amenities, maybe a vault toilet… Great place to spend the holiday weekend. Enjoy!

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        I noticed that too 😉 ‘course some campsites are like fishing holes, and you want to keep them secret 🙂

        Does sound lovely! Although I have this funny mental image of carlene out in the woods holding her hotspot straight up in the air with one hand while typing with the other. People coming by: “Can I help you?” “No, I’m fine, just getting online to read RV Sue and need that fourth bar.”

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

          One needs the GoPro stick to hold up the wifi receiver when in the woods. That might help.

        • Carlene says:

          Pen you nailed me. And no gopro selfie stick but a hiking pole and duck tape. They have a little maintenance going on today but were nice enough to wait until after 9. Also 2 active bear visits over the last few weeks so Corky and I stay quite vocal when out walking and carrying spray.
          Had a few rain drops last night. The Gamer Babe (minnie winnie) got christened. The name came from being a BIG San Francisco Giants fan. Love those GIANTS!
          Have a wonderful day.
          Thanks Sue and Crew for a great community.

          • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

            Great idea on the hiking stick and duct tape. Multipurpose items.

            Enjoy your weekend everyone and be safe.

  32. Sidewinder Pen says:

    I think we talked about this once before and it wasn’t your cup of tea, but I’d stay and do my business out in nature. Small shovel, dig a “cat hole,” do your business (the scenery can’t be beat), fill in the hole, and then burn the paper back at camp. I find it pleasant if I’m in a pretty/private spot (and of course far from waterways and away from camp, etc.).

    Overnight, some type of jug (wide mouth water bottle, etc.) can be used for a pee without going outside.

    Just my take on it. I’d love to stay up there over Labor Day weekend 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pen,

      There’s another issue other than black tank that urges me to move away from one of my best camps.

      When we arrived, one of the first things we did is go further up the road to scout the area. The wildflowers were still at their peak and they were everywhere on both sides of the lane. Gorgeous! Yellow, purple, white, and the stalks of coneflowers….

      The next day an OHV drove past out camp, went to the bank of wildflowers, and made a big turn-around, crushing the flowers, of course. I thought the flowers might recover somewhat. But no, once one does it, others follow. About six OHVs have driven over that slope of flowers, smashing them and leaving tracks. This especially bothered me because the flowers hadn’t gone to seed yet.

      In many places along this lane the OHVs veered off and crushed the flowers along it.

      As if that weren’t enough, a pick-up went down to that same area and cut down a dead tree, chopped up a few pieces with a chain saw, backed up the once pristine slope, loaded up and left a mess of big limbs and the remaining trunk scattered about. It will only get worse this weekend. Men in camo outfits are driving their quads/OHVs around, scouting out places to hunt, I guess.

      I want to remember the forest as I found it.

      • Sidewinder Pen says:

        That would absolutely ruin it for me, and I couldn’t leave fast enough. Sort of heartbreaking.

        I’m glad you mentioned it though. I could picture you thinking “I knew Pen would mention that heathenish option, geez.” I hate this actual reason you will probably leave, but good to know why. Sometimes it feels as though there will soon no longer be any piece of the earth’s crust not affected by OHV tracks and what they do (crushing things, erosion, etc.).

        It was funny but last winter in AZ, of course there were OHV’s buzzing around all over the place. I sort of got used to it (not that I didn’t curse each one, mind you, which I’m sure my camping friends really enjoyed) but then one day a simple two-wheeled dirt bike (motorcycle) came by. I had forgotten how non-obnoxious they are in comparison: Hardly any dust, just a very thin “trail” in the dirt, etc.

        Anyway, I know there are some who use OHV’s respectfully (they putter by camp sometimes), but so many don’t, and of course they sort of “over run” the ones who do. I really hate it when “the bullies ruin it for those of us just out quietly enjoying recess.”

        I hope your next camp is wonderful!


        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Pen. As I write this the droning has started … All it takes is one and it doesn’t have to be close for peace on this side of the mountain to be gone.

          • Sidewinder Pen says:

            Argh! I feel the same way. You can try to tune it out, but the way I know that’s not working for me is that when (usually hours later) the noise does stop I can feel myself sigh with relief and just relax. Ahhhh, whew.

  33. Joy Sutton says:

    My crew can make it 14 days and grey water overflows. Lol. Even alone I doont believe I would risk 27 . They say everyone has a black water story but so far …”
    On a better note Sue has inspired me to try blogging again. Couldn’t find the old one so started a new one on blog spot. I am not very reliable. A good starter but not a good finisher. Lol. I couldn’t think of any thing interesting to say before . Not sure this time but Sue is inspiring . She makes ordinary things sound good. Same with the pics . I am looking at my surroundings with a better view point I think . More positive. I took a bunch of pics and then couldn’t figure out how to upload them. Lol. Soo much for inspiration. I did load them to FB though and got some positive feedback.
    I found 2 different instances of mating trees that I would not have noticed before. Interesting that they were 2 different species and one set had actually over grown together into one tree. One tree of 2 varieties. Both appeared to have been about 4 in diameter when first touched and now at 6 in have merged about 2 in. Would like to see the growth rings. At rivers edge so will likely not make it too long before being a victim on flood waters but you never know, the river is ever changing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Joy,

      I’m pleased that you are seeing more of your surroundings. A hobby like photography will make you more aware. It has for me.

      Interesting about the trees…

      If you ever want to ask specific questions to help you get your blog going, feel free to ask here. I don’t know Blogger… I’m WordPress, using Picasa for photo editing.. Others here would help, I’m sure.

      Good luck!

      • Joy Sutton says:

        Thanks. I know nothing , am reading helps. Seems to favor Picasso there as well. Never kept a photo site as I didn’t do a lot but may try to change that. Using phone at this point and quite happy with that. If you want to take a look I’m ozarkjoy and my name on face book. Note that BeckyIO uses her phone as well. I’m wanderingGranny on blogger but no pics as yet. Found another blogger on there. called travelingGrandma, and noted it took her a couple post before she got the hang on pics too, so don’t feel too off. Always thought I was pretty computer literate but tech is out running me or else I’m getting tired.

  34. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    I do enjoy your postings on your blog. The writing is so well done and the photos are lovely. I better start getting to bed earlier, so I can get out early and see that wonderful light that is some of your photos!
    I am reading all you posts, from April 2011, and am up to January 2012. I know, this doesn’t look like much, but I am reading your posts and all the comments. Taking notes as I go, too.
    Looks like the puppies are great company for you, and entertaining for the blogerinos.
    What is the white periscope-like thing sticking up on your trailer? Never noticed that before.
    Thanks so much for all your work with this blog. Love it.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab in Houston,

      You mention getting up earlier to catch the light. I’m thankful I’m a morning person. It’s the best time of day for photography (IMO) and for seeing wildlife. I encourage you to make the effort!

      Thanks for the nice compliments.

      The best compliment of all is that you’re reading my old posts! You’ll find that 2012 was an exciting year for us! Enjoy…

      The “white periscope-like thing” is my Wilson antenna which boosts internet signal enabling me to blog more often. You can learn more about it my clicking Internet Antenna in the area below the header photo.

  35. Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

    such a lovely read & pics! So glad reg & bridge are enjoying this camp. I agree the one pic is like a Monet. The canine kids & I are heading to the south hills area south of twin falls tomorrow. Hope to find a great boondock with birds & hiking. New place for me. Good luck with black water issue. Have never used mine. Have my own “methods”. I remember camping in the manti la sals back in the 80’s, was hot hot in the valley but very cool up the mountains. Beautiful area. Have you been to Kodachrome basin? Beautiful cg. Take care & best wishes. Julie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Julie, Molly & gizmo,

      Yes, when it’s hot in the valley, it’s cool on the mountain. 🙂

      Thanks regarding this post and it photos.

      You’re going to an area we would’ve explored if it weren’t for the smoke. I hope you find that “great boondock” and have a wonderful weekend!

      • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

        Well the rock creek area w/in the south hills is absolutely stunning. Lots of motor heads there this weekend due to the numerous ATV trails. Only 2 non-motorized hiking trails. Will go back sometime during the week hoping for less noise.

  36. BadgerRickInWis says:

    “If I don’t dump tanks until we leave here after Labor Day — on September 8th — that would make 27 days between tank dumps! That’s stretchin’ it!”

    Followed by a pic of the Reggie man, leg held high, peeing on the flowers. Don’t think we don’t take notice of these little things. 🙂

    Other than that shot I’m torn on a favorite. The beautiful impressionistic shot of the flowers. Or our sweet Bridge standing on the bridge doing her Billy Goat Gruff impression. 🙂 Like everyone, so happy to see her doing well, give her a extra squeeze just cuz’.

    Now we all know you are the queen of finding amazing camps but I just have a question about your thought process.
    You are currently in a beautiful spot on a dead end road all by yourself with a good internet signal and no sign of OHV traffic. Plus you have said before that with the holiday weekend approaching the rangers would be OK with pushing the 16 day limit a bit. Seems like a perfect place to hole up over a holiday weekend.

    So why not go down the mountain, dump tanks and than scoot back up Badger mountain and stay where you are now? Is it that you have a great place already scoped out that you want to check? Or is it just “hitch itch” and you’re ready for a change of scenery. Not advising one way or the other, just curious of how you decide. Or in the words of the Clash – “Should I stay or should I go now.” Where ever you end up may your days be filled with all the blessings possible, plus just a little bit more.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Reggie had to show how much easier it is for him than for us girls!

      I could go down the mountain and come back up. It’s not terrible going up and down this mountain. It is an undertaking though, to come back up here, tow the BLT over this road with sharp rocks and deep ruts, line up the back wheel with the depression to level, etc. Once we leave a camp with the BLT, it’s tough to go back… The road pulls me.

      “no sign of OHV traffic” isn’t true. I haven’t written about them because it’s a depressing topic for me and probably for others. See my reply to Pen above.

      Thank you for that beautiful wish expressed in your last line. You are one of the blessings of this day.

  37. Kris Pedersen says:

    How old is Bridget, Sue? If you don’t mind me saying, she looks to be overweight for her size. An easy, easy way for her to lose weight is to substitute salt-free canned green beans for 1/2 her food per day. That way her stomach is still full, but she’s eating a lot less calories….and the weight will come off quite quickly! I think it would make her feel a lot more energetic, and also help her joints (and, extend her life for sure.)
    Its just a thought….because I hate to see her all tuckered out sitting on the road….or think of her left behind in the trailer because she can’t keep up.
    Happy trails.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Oh sure! I’d like to see HRH face when you try to explain that one to her! Here are some salt free green beans…instead of well you know honey!

      Can you say Stink eye I’m NEVER coming out from under the BLT again! Humph!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kris,

      Bridget is around 13. I don’t know her age. I’m guessing. Yes, she is overweight. I’ve done the green beans routine with her. She will eat a few, that’s all. Before Reggie joined us and for a short time after, Bridget was eating a lean kibble and she did lose weight.

      Reggie, being a youngster, was fed regular kibble. As much as I tried to keep them separate, Bridget would eat the regular kibble and Reggie was left with lean. It’s not like I can put them in separate rooms.

      Anyway… I was concerned that little 9-lb Reggie would lose weight. He doesn’t have any fat to lose! Therefore they both eat regular kibble.

      Another factor is involved. Some of the weight you see on Bridget, across her chest area, for instance, is like a fatty tumor. When she injured her rear leg chasing a chipmunk, she lost a lot of weight in the weeks that followed and was underweight. Yet that fatty mass remained. She has other lumps and bumps which will probably lead to her demise someday.

      I don’t know how much longer Bridget has, of course. Maybe putting her on a special diet would extend her life, although I doubt it would make much difference. She loves the food I give her. It’s a source of pleasure for her. I’d rather she eat happily during her remaining time than be forced to eat green beans and wonder why I’m punishing her.

      I treat myself the same way. Few among us can say that every day they eat what’s best for optimum health, weight, and longevity.

      I’ve been with Bridget 24/7 for years. She’s never been an energetic, athletic type dog, such as Reggie is. Just like people, some dogs are more sedate. I can’t be sure, of course, yet I believe her reluctance to walk on some days is due to arthritis from her leg injury plus a personality that says, “why bother? I’d rather relax.”

      Thank you for your concern about the Bridge. It was thoughtful and kind of you to give suggestions.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Fatty tumors (lipoma) are common in older dogs. Although they can be scary to look at they normally don’t cause any problems unless they impede the mobility of…say a leg or arm. If in that area…they just usually float with the movement.

        Goldens are nortorius for getting them… No worries….okay?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you, Cindy…

          The crew is in the PTV waiting for me to hitch up….

          Hope to be back later with internet…

          Otherwise, Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone!

  38. AZ Jim says:

    Conversation heard at a RV park between two campers looking each others rigs over. “So, I like the looks of your outfit but tell me, what kind of mileage do you get?” Other camper replies “about 28!” First camper, “You use regular unleaded or premium?” “Oh! you mean gas!!! I thought we were talking black water usage!!”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Perfect! That’s exactly what the title of this post is saying! Thanks, Jim. Great anecdote… It’s so true!

  39. Jodee Gravel on the road in Fall City, WA says:

    Regardless of what you ended up doing today, you get a gold star for tank conservation to this point! We’re at 14 days for the two of us, and ours are bigger than yours. That’s taking showers as well so we don’t do too bad 🙂
    Love that all three of you could enjoy that beautiful morning walk, they’re best when everyone can join in. Agree with everyone that the painting-photo is stunning.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jodee. I took a photo of a deer at our camp this morning and it, too, has a painting quality to it.

      Good job with your tank conservation! 🙂

  40. Carlene says:

    I sure understand the oh issue being hunting season. That’s one reason I didn’t go higher up. The camo group are even on horse back. I’ve only seen the trailer parked. Can’t wait to see Corky s reaction if he is able to see them.
    Safe travels Sue, Bridget and Reggie!

  41. Pamela K. says:

    Sue, I had to grin reading all this Black Tank stuff! Remember when we were growing up and the gas-eating mussle cars were all the rage? Well, our conversations went something like the ones on here…
    Question: “What kind of gas do you use?”
    Reply: Whatever the nearest gas station has!”

    Lordy knows some of lived from gas station to gas station in those days!
    Now, older and smarter, lol, we live from dump station to dump station!
    Uh?! What’s wrong with this picture? hehehehe.

  42. Kate in Iowa says:

    Glad to see you have blue, clear skies! We’re in some awful heat here; so bad that schools are dismissing early tomorrow. I swear that never happened when I was a kid, and it was hot then, too! Anyway, at least the haze is gone. Not sure if any other Iowan/Midwestern folks noticed how incredibly hazy it was from the wildfires over the last weekend. Sure makes for interesting sunsets, though.

    Sue, you may have hit pay dirt with me now that I know about your Amazon affiliation. I order a lot of books for my research and Amazon always has the best prices! ?

  43. Gal n a cat in Fl says:

    You’ve probably moved by now but just something for future consideration. Could also be used if something went wrong with the system. We used one of these when camping out. Very lightweight folding toity with a seat that can be used with plastic bags or out behind a bush no bag just set over a cat hole. We used a handful of wood pellets in the bottom of the bag, again very light and cheap from TSC. Just in case sort of thing for boondocking or emergency use. They are only about $10 and trash compactor bags are fail proof. No bucket to haul or wash. Of course now they have Go Girl. 🙂 but of course they don’t handle everything. Least you don’t get poison ivy or bit by a snake where it would really hurt! Hope your move is smooth and you find a place not crammed with holiday peeps.

    • Pamela K. says:

      Since you mentioned that you sometimes use those bags…
      Did you know that keeping some charcoal in a small *foolproof bag* and placing it near the duty-bag will keep the surrounding air fresh? The charcoal will absorb any left over odors in the air. Works like a charm. I always keep a small bag of charcoal next to my cat’s night kennel and remove it the next day while she is out and about in the RV. I don’t like the smell of cat litter so the charcoal major helps with that, especially on rainy/stormy days. Should work great for your *sometimes* needs too, especially during late night.

  44. I remember that camp where Spike soaked in the mud :-)! I see the tailgater I purchased (and tons more) using your link, woohoo. Glad the link worked! We’re getting ready for a long trek out. Good luck on the black tank or the move, whichever comes first :-)!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Loke is adorable!

    • Pamela K. says:

      The tailgater setup looked relly nice. I went to the site when I saw it listed in the purchases. I’m not ready for one until March but that one is one to think about when I’m ready. Let us know how it works out for you once you head out on your travels 🙂 BTW, was that you who bought the Nicon setup

      • Pamela K. says:

        dang, the screen went away…
        anyway, nice NIKON camera setup. I am a Nikon user, 4 pro grade cameras. Very loyal to the brand, hasn’t failed me yet 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, Debbie,

      Wishing you and your girls a safe trip! I enjoyed reading your blog. You are another shining example of a woman doing it all on her own (RVing). Go girl! Glad that your daughter’s health is back on track. 🙂

  45. DesertGinger says:

    Hey gang, how’s it going? I have been kinda busy, writing a story. Just finished today. Still haven’t rented my danged house. I’m getting anxious. I’m staying now for the next Knife class, at least for the first part. Then heading home sometime in October. Can’t stay in NY much longer than that as I want to avoid any chance of snow. I got a little light weight sleeping bag, for improved car sleeping. I’ve got to get home and do my HR Block classes so I’m set for work again this year. I wish I wasn’t so lazy and tired all the time. I could get a lot more done. Oh well, I’ll just keep plugging along. Tonight I think I’ll go jog in the pool for awhile.
    Can’t wait to find out how the black tank mystery turns out. Sue you do love your cliffhangers, don’t you?
    Best to all!

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Hi, DesertGinger,

      Will your story be published publicly so we can read it? Good luck on your next class. I know you are excited to get back to your AZ home and routine. Take good care of yourself! Sending you a hug! 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        I’ll second that, would love to get a chance to read it. Provided of course that it’s meant for the public, I don’t want to over step.

        I guess I’m a bit unclear on your story writing and your knife classes. I kind of figuring you are in Ninja training. Next semester throwing stars!!!

    • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

      Good Morning DJ (and other Bloggerinos)! Sorry to hear that you haven’t rented your house yet. Seems there is always something to worry about. I don’t envy your drive back to the West coast. Driving back to the East coast on I90 was not a fun time. 90% of I 90 was under construction…ugh!! Hope you rent your house and get home and don’t have to worry about snow.

      • Denise - Richmond VA says:

        Good morning, Krystina! 🙂

      • edlfrey says:

        I suspect your “90% of I 90 was under construction…ugh!! ” was a bit of hyperbole but is one of the many reasons that I do not drive Interstate Highways. But, for those that just can not or will not get off of them here is a very helpful link:

        Once the page is open you can scroll down and select the Interstate that you wish. Clicking on that Interstate will then offer you:
        1)map in each state
        2)Find traffic conditions
        3)Find weather conditions
        4)Find restaurants
        5)Find exits
        6)Find local services
        7)Find Truck Stops (dumps & showers)
        8)Report an Incident
        9)Find hotels & motels
        10)Find gas stations
        11)Find rest areas
        12)Find major cities
        13)Find RV Parks

        • Krystina ~ Victory, Vermont says:

          Hi Edlfrey….thank you so much for all the above information!!! I was planning on driving home through the middle of the country but when my friend Casey came to WA to drive home with me he wanted to go I 90. As he went out of his way to come to my rescue me, I didn’t want to argue with him. I will never go near I90 again!! Thanks again.

  46. Me n' Lady Piper says:

    Great post Sue. Where we’re at is 4 miles S.W. of Jerome, AZ. ’bout 6’800 Ft. in Elv. Lady Piper had a lot of fun when my Brother n’ his wife and their dogs visited for 2 days as they headed west to Hemet CA., from Kentucky,,,, the dogs, Speckles, a old guy and Rosy , gettin’ up in the years played with L.P. ,,,,,,,, We might see them again when we head over to the La Gounna Rendezvous near Julian CA. in October,,,,,,,,, I know you’ll do right with the DOO DOO tank and find a good camp too,,,,,, but me,, being a guy,, I’d go do my thing out in the woods and wait till after the Holyday to dump,, but ,,,I dumped before commin’ up here and have no worries,,,, Lady Piper says Hi and we wish you a Safe n’ great Labor Day weekend,,,,,,,,,,,,, rusty

  47. Pamela K. says:

    Fun to guess whether Sue and Crew stay put or head out to a dump station and new camp. I’m guessing she will head out. Why? Well, Sue doesn’t like to use her onboard shower that much. She doesn’t like to cook in her kitchen all that often. And I think she woudn’t want to risk any overflow spills from make-shift lug-a-loos. Just my thinking but I say she finds the nearest dump station, problem solved, and moves on. Besides, Sue always says to leave while you are wanting more 🙂

  48. Applegirl NY says:

    Like everyone else, I wait to see whether you dump or stay. By now, you’ve resolved the issue.

    We’re enjoying a long weekend in the Adirondacks. As CinandJules said, loads of bear activity.

    The leaves are beginning to change. In June you feel like you have a wealth of time, looking ahead to the long lazy days of summer, but now that it’s the beginning of September you realize how quickly it goes. Of course, September and October are absolutely wonderful around here, so I’m still pretty content.

    Take care, Sue and crew, and happy travels and dumping!

    CINANDJULES…. If you see this message, we have our Casita FD up at camp (Wells/Speculator). It will probably it will be here until the beginning of October. We used it as a spare room when we had a houseful. If you would like to take a peek at it, we would be happy to show it to you. We’re here until late Monday morning, and then we’ll be up again throughout the month.

    Offer is also good for anyone else in the area. We don’t get to see too many Casitas in the Northeast.

    We live near Albany, so that’s always an option for interested folks, too.

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