Twin Rocks Cafe!

Tuesday, May 17

The crew and I are at the laundromat in Bluff.  Doing laundry follows a certain order which must not be disrupted in any way.

Step 1:  Take the dirty laundry into the laundromat.

Step 2:  Fill the washers and start them up.

Step 3:  This is the part that must be adhered to without fail — Return to the Perfect Tow Vehicle and take Bridget and Reggie on a walk around the laundromat.

P1110447If I should hesitate in the execution of Step 3, such as to take photographs, I am punished with The Evil Stink Eye (see below).

P1110448“All right!  All right!  Let me get Bridge in her suit.  Okay, there you go.”  I set them on the ground.  “You can walk now.”

We’re the only customers at the laundromat today. 

P1110452-001While walking around I notice magnificent cloud formations over the distant bluffs.

P1110454I also zoom to capture a gazebo in the distance.  I love the zoom on my camera!

P1110451I give the crew a drink, put them into the PTV, and finish the laundry.

Next we motor across the street to K & C Grocery.

I’m disappointed there isn’t much produce.  I buy a few items and we head back to camp.

Now that the two runner rugs are perfectly clean, I can’t very well put them on a dirty floor, now can I.  I get on my hands and knees with a bucket of water and rags.  Cleaning the floor, I notice the fiberglass could use some attention, and the refrigerator . . .  And so it goes.

Eventually the Best Little Trailer is clean, the bed has a clean quilt, comforter and shams, clean clothes hang in the closet and are folded in the drawers. . . . It’s good to have all that done!

Wednesday, May 18

P1110354-001My quest for clean continues!

In an uncharacteristic burst of energy and motivation, I wipe down the Best Little Trailer with a wet cloth, drying her to a shine as I go.

Yesterday I noticed that you can take a shower at the laundromat.  The crew and I head into town!

The shower stall is kind of old and shabby, but it’s clean and the water is hot.  The cost is $2.50.

Back at the campground, I stop at the water spigot and fill up 10 one-gallon jugs.

Thursday, May 19

I don’t know where this day goes.  Other than the two daily roll-and-strolls with the crew, I piddle the day away.  I play 7,000 games of fetch-the-Bite-Me-flea toy with Reggie, play several games of online mahjong by myself, study the Benchmark atlas in hopes of coming up with a plan, and research possible camps online.  Oh, and take a nap.  And eat.

Friday, May 20

Around one o’clock I park the Perfect Tow Vehicle in the shade of a cottonwood across the street from the Twin Rocks Cafe.

“Okay, you two.  Be good.  This isn’t going to take long.  I’ll be right back.”

To a chorus of canine screams, I cross the parking lot and enter the cafe.

P1110487I tell the hostess I’d like to order take-out.

She hands me a menu and shows me where I can sit to wait, after paying at the register at the entrance to the gift shop.

I choose to order a Navajo taco.

P1110484I think what grabs me about the taco is IT HAS FRESH VEGETABLES in it!  I haven’t had any fresh vegetables in a long time.  You can’t buy any in Bluff.  Not at this time of year anyway.

I order the taco with vegetarian chili.

I pay and then browse the gift shop while my taco is being prepared.

Of course there’s a collection of t-shirts.  Some say “Bluff, Utah,” while others make it possible for you to display artwork on your chest (or maybe your belly).

Here’s a pretty t-shirt with a striking design:

P1110479And, of course, what’s a tourist gift shop without ball caps.

P1110480Wow!  Petroglyphs!  No home should be without petroglyphs!

P1110483Over here we have a selection of Navajo tea . . . .

P1110481You can buy your Navajo tea at Twin Rocks or . . . .

You can order it from Amazon!

Yanabah Navajo Tea – Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

See how I snuck that in there? Pretty smooth, eh?

I wander over to the jewelry case.

In typical RVSue fashion I don’t buy any earrings.  Instead I photograph them!

P1110485Very pretty!

Oh, and if you want corn cobs hanging from your lobes, all you need are 14 bucks!

P1110486Not just any corn . . . Indian corn!

The hostess hands me the bag containing the Navajo taco.

When I climb into the Perfect Tow Vehicle, Bridget and Reggie smell the taco and figure it’s chow time.

“No, no, no, we’re taking this home.  I’ll let you have a few bites of the crust when we’re home.”

How is the Navajo taco?

It’s tasty and filling.  The salsa is fresh.  The fry bread is great.

However, trying to keep the taco away from the crew while driving home, something was lost in the presentation.

P1110488The taco is good.  In the future I’ll stick with Twin Rock Cafe’s Navajo pizza, although a reader tells me their chicken noodle soup is delicious.

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119 Responses to Twin Rocks Cafe!

  1. Ann in Tacoma, WA says:

    Makes me hungry! Thanks Sue.

  2. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Love those tacos! Nice pics. Thanks.

  3. Kkellyrn says:

    The taco looks delicious.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kkellyrn. .. THIRD PLACE!

      It was good. When you’re hungry, you want something filling and the taco did that.

      Are you new here? If so, Welcome!

  4. Gingerita in NE Indiana ( for now) says:

    Beautiful pics. Yummy looking Navajo taco. Love the stink eye Reggieman was going giving you! Thanks for a great post:)

  5. GB in norcal says:

    First?

  6. Marilu now in Arizona says:

    First???

  7. Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

    I enjoy going to the laundromat because it gives me a chance to read or whatever. However, my laundry trips don’t include dogs or a chance to shower.

    Your slow, quiet day was the same as mine, except it was my birthday. I prefer that kind.

    I liked the scenery pictures, especially the last one. The “stink eye” picture is cool.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CALVIN!!!

      I’m glad your day was the kind you prefer. I wish you a year full of whatever makes you happy. It’s been a pleasure for me getting to know you here.

      Thanks for the note. I got a kick out of the stink eye pic, too.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Happy Birthday Calvin! Hope it was a great day. 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Happy Belated Birthday, Calvin!! 🙂

  8. Susan in Dallas says:

    Good ol’ stink eye, always effective! Loved that first picture of the clouds and rock cliffs – stunning!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Susan. One doesn’t expect to come upon such a scene while at the laundromat. The sky is often “stunning” here.

  9. Kevin in CO says:

    Nice post Sue. I enjoy following your travels, more a voyeur than a contributor here in your blog. I will be busy here at home for a few more months. While my wife is recovering from 2 knee replacements (1 at a time), I have learned to cook, clean, do laundry, and provide encouragement. Things she has dutifully done for me (and the kids) for all the years when I was working 60/week. Now, its my turn and I am enjoying giving back. I would rather be wandering around Utah right now, but that time will come soon and she will be able to enjoy it all the more.

    As for fresh veggies, I have the garden planted. She has the herbs planted. We will be picking home grown veggies soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a good person you are, Kevin! Your wife is very fortunate. Going forward from this experience, I don’t doubt it will be a reassurance to your wife knowing that you can take over these tasks should the need ever arise again. Kudos to you, Kevin, and may your wife heal well.

      “Home grown veggies”…. Your words touch the gardener in me. 🙂

      • DesertGinger says:

        And does your wife know your tasks? Can she drive your motor Home? Change oil in the car! Mow the lawn? Whatever things you do, it’s good if she can do too!

        • Kevin in CO says:

          If pressed, I am sure she can drive the truck camper and find a place for services. We shared the lawn and garden chores in the past, she did most during the years when I was immersed in my career.

  10. Geri says:

    You bring back good memories! Loved that Bluff cap! I have a t-shirt almost like that.
    The Mothership is a;; decorated with petroglyph thingees! I love them! Navajo tacos… dang, I wish I could make a good fry bread! Reggie givin’ you thr stinkeye??? That sweet pup? Nah! Tell me it ain’t so! Good, fun photos! Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I thought of you and Chuck several times while living this post and while writing it. You make earrings similar to those in the first case… so pretty.

      Wish you were here!

      • Geri says:

        *sigh*
        If wishes were fishes, the sea would be full!

      • Chuck Hajek says:

        We had a great time with you in Bluff…..how many years ago????? The Navajo Tacos were good at Twin Rocks but the new (then) Navajo Pizza became our favorite! Lotsa’ fond memories of Bluff and the surrounding area. We do miss the area a lot! Miss you too, kiddo and Ms B and would love to meet Reggie. Stay safe.

  11. That laundromat is a trip. Did you notice how many machines were out of order? We tried to buy some fresh anything there too, same result. Don’t know where you’d have to go in order to shop.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John K,

      Yeah, an entire row was out. The big washers work great though and the dryers were super hot. I didn’t have to feed them quarters like I was spending the day at the slot machines.

      We’ll be going through Blanding tomorrow. There’s a store called Clark’s I see online. I hope it’s more than a convenience store…. That chain usually sells fruits and vegetables.

  12. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The ole stink eye glare! Hahhhhh what a stinker! 7000 games of fetch the bite me flea toy? Oh you’re a hoot!

    Is Navajo fry bread like fried dough at the county fairs?

    Laundry is done, BLT is all spiffy. Yay time to go play!

    Enjoy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know if it’s like fried dough at county fairs. I’ve never had that or at least I don’t remember it. The dough is very light. Gosh, I wish I had some right now. The refrigerator is almost completely bare and the cupboard isn’t much better.

      I had such a craving for fruit today. Pawed through the cupboard and found a small can of pineapple chunks. I tore into that . . . .

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        West coasters know them as waffle cakes! East coasters call them fried dough.

        Hope you find some fresh fruit on your journey to the next site!

        • DesertGinger says:

          Waffle cakes? I have been a west coaster most of my life and never heard that before. And yes, fry bread is very similar to fried dough but not sweet.

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            The powdered sugar sprinkled on top is the best part! Makings of stomach ache!

  13. Laura - Illinois says:

    Thanks for the link to the tea! I LOVE drinking tea and love to try new teas! These look like they might just be the thing for me, it says that they are good for joint pain and well that is something I deal with often!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, this is great, Laura! I didn’t realize it’s good for joint pain. I hope it gives you some relief and thanks for using my link!

  14. Love the detail of the “zoomed” photo, and Reggie’s ‘eye on you’ at the laundromat, too!
    I’ve been really ‘quiet’ commenting on here lately, but only because I’m on the computer less than usual, trying to catch up on neglected tasks and routine things that have to be done, concentrating on getting the outside stuff under control before the summer heat in TX.
    I’ve got a grand-baby due June 30, so I must make an appearance, since I’m not traveling. (a good reason to be a full-timer) I envy you that no one ‘expects’ you to show up on special occasions!
    Keep up the great posts! I’m sure there are dozens of readers out there, just like me, who check regularly to see exactly what’s going on with you and the ‘crew’, but then, the doorbell rings, the postman comes, or some mundane task needs done, and I get side-tracked, and when I return to the computer, …….. tons of people have posted!!
    Just wanted to ‘drop a note’ to let you know I’m still reading, still here, and always looking forward to your next adventure!
    I applauded you with an audible laugh about not buying anything, just taking photos. My first “official” RV trip alone found me coming back to TX with so many silly souvenirs that there was no wiggle room in the rig! There’s still a big flat round dish that once held a cactus garden on the back patio, serving no purpose. Yes, somewhere in my ‘what-not’ drawer, I still have a pair of those beaded earrings (still in plastic) that were never worn. Each time I see it, I wonder why I didn’t just leave it all in that little shop in Arizona! My photos are my ‘go-to’ for the memories!

    Keep having fun!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Becky,

      Your comment was worth waiting for! Such a delightful message. I enjoyed it very much, like sitting down together for a nice chat.

      You chuckled at me not buying and I chuckled at you taking “silly souvenirs” back to Texas. Photos are better. I probably look like an idiot roaming around the gift shop taking photos, but at this point I don’t care if I do!

      Always had to be frugal and now that habit keeps me from cluttering up the BLT with stuff. It sounds like you’ve learned your lesson! 🙂

      Thanks for the fun comment, Becky. Great hearing from you again!

  15. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Wow, Sue!

    That last shot at the bluest river bend is exceptional. A place one would want to stay a spell. Was that on a walk-about or near your campsite?

    Mmmmm the taco and fixin’s are drool worthy.

    Fresh laundry and a hot shower … aaahhhhh. I’m working up to that.

    Happy and safe trails to your next home.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Maple Valley gal,

      That river photo was taken along with the other early evening shots in the previous post, the post where the crew and I walked down to the river and Bridget has a post sticking up from her head. That scene is near the boat ramp area, not near Campground B where our site is.

      Early evening is the only time, I think, that the San Juan is blue. The light has to be just right.

  16. Elaine in Colorado says:

    As always I love your pictures! Wish I could be “on the road” right now to experience all the wonderful places you have highlighted within your blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I wish you could be on the road right now, too, Elaine. It’s tough when you want to go and for some reason or another, you can’t.

      I’m glad to be able to share these “wonderful places” with you.

  17. rvsueandcrew says:

    The crew and I are moving camp first thing in the morning (Monday, 5/23), so I won’t be replying individually to comments.

    Please welcome new folks, help make everyone feel welcome, ask and answer questions, and have a good time together. Thanks for sharing blogorino spirit!

    I don’t know when I’ll be online again. I hope soon.

    Bye for now,
    Sue

  18. Adrienne says:

    My fave is the first photo of Reggie in his denim harness with the red cowboy bandana! He looks so western…happy trails.

  19. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts, VA says:

    Clean is a very good feeling. Loved the Stink Eye and the Big Sky Clouds pictures Sue. Sounds like a good Day. Take Care Sue and Crew.

  20. I head to town tomorrow for my laundry day, but I daresay that my trip will probably not be as adventurous or industrious as yours. However, you did inspire me. Thanks Sue!

  21. Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

    I love those days when I don’t plan to accomplish a lot, but I end up doing just that! When things are neat and clean and in their place, I feel such a sense of accomplishment. Of course, I don’t mind a bit of “lived in mess” either. I have to tell you, that taco looked delicious! So glad you and the crew are enjoying your stay in Utah. Thanks for the update and great pics. Be well!

    PS I sure wish I could read the cartoon bubble over Reggie’s head in the stink-eye pic!!

  22. Applegirl NY says:

    So fun to be a bit touristy with you, Sue. Love the gift shop pics.
    Safe travels to your new camp.

  23. Dawn in MI says:

    LOVE the clouds over the bluff. Such a relaxing day (for me, not so much for you!) and now you’re all set for more adventure…everything clean and bright and shiny!

  24. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    you gotta feel like your on vacation 52 weeks a year…..your living the dream
    life that a lot of us envy but live our dreams through you…..
    thanks for another wonderful post, Sue…
    chuck

  25. Linda Hughes- North Carolina says:

    That taco looks so good! I enjoyed your trips to Bluff, looks like a laid back area. You have the beat travel companions and Reggie always looks like he wants to get into the mix of things! Thanks for sharing your day, going to look on my computer and read about Bluff and the area you are in.

  26. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    I saw the new post late last night. Thinking I might be in the top ten again, I quickly scrolled down to see how many had posted. Top ten?! Ha! No chance, so I decided to read it in the morning, today. Very enjoyable. A couple of things “struck home” with me on this one. “I don’t know where this day goes” – same when we’re out. One can stay quite busy doing enjoyable things at one’s own pace not predefined by someone else! “When I climb into the Perfect Tow Vehicle, Bridget and Reggie smell the taco and figure it’s chow time” – funny. Same with our dogs. In fact, if we leave them, then go out to eat, as soon as I get home and sit down, my little one jumps in my lap and gives me the good ole smell over, including smelling my lips. Then she gives me this look as if to say, “I can’t believe you didn’t bring me back some.”

  27. Nothing like a clean tiny home and clean linens.
    Love Reggie’s Stink Eye! It’s amusing–or irritating depending on individual circumstance–how those canines remember the routine; and, yes, there better be no deviations! Happy trails.

  28. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I am still out here. I loved the “stick eye” and the clouds. That taco looked good too. I am from a small town in Missouri originally and I remember how it was to not have access to fresh fruits and vegetables year around and lots of other things that I take for granted now. Thanks for such a great account of everyday life on the road. Sounded wonderful.

  29. Carol in MT says:

    Another great post! Love Reggie’s country clothes.
    Sorry if this has been asked before, but what Verizon Aircard do you use? I’m working on setting mine up and could use any input. I’ll be working with a Wilson antenna like yours as well.
    I figure no reason to reinvent the wheel. I assume you are still happy with your setup.

    • weather says:

      Since Sue is moving camp today and so won’t be replying to comments, I believe for now the best answer is what’s on her internet antenna page(a heading at top above the post title, you may want to look at that). At the time she added that section she had the Verizon Wireless Novatel MiFi Jetpack 4620L 4G LTE Global Hotspot. Likely she still does as other than replacing a battery I don’t recall her upgrading or changing anything. That model is no longer sold according to Verizon’s website , at least. Most of us with Aircards found it best to go to a Verizon store, tell them what we needed and let them help set us up .

      • weather says:

        Hers is still available at Amazon, however, I just noticed by using the link to it on her internet antenna page. The one I recently bought and that works great is available, too, through Sue’s Amazon link. Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L . Buying what you need that way helps Sue and her crew and may be more convenient for you, too.

        • Carol in MT says:

          Thanks for your thoughtful replies! I’ll look into your suggestions. Looks like the one you have is 4G only. Is that right? I’ll need to have 3G capacity too, since I’m mostly remote. I did go to a Verizon store on my way through Yuma, but they didn’t have what I needed in stock. I’ll call my nearest store here in Montana (a couple hrs away) and get their recommendations.

          I have just started using Sue’s link for all my Amazon purchases. I’m a big Amazon shopper being so remote, so I hope to help support Sue as much as I can!

          • weather says:

            Yes, mine’s 4G only, yet because it was recommended by some rving tech savvy folks that often are remote I tried it. My phone is 3g using Verizon towers and often gets poorer reception than my laptop here in central NY states rural and remote areas. Different devices, of course, may account for that. Best wishes for getting what’s best for you! I checked your blog, nice, looks like you enjoy adventure. It’s always good to see someone supporting Sue, and “meet” another blogorino 🙂

  30. The taco is good, but I’m with you, stick with the pizza, especially for carryout. And get the soup to put in the frig for the next day:)

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      The only time we’ve eaten an Indian Fry Bread taco was at the restaurant at Goulding’s Lodge in Monument Valley. We were not impressed, but later, we saw another at a restaurant south of the Grand Canyon area and it looked good. My husband did not want to try another again.

  31. Reggie’s stink eye is the cutest 🙂 Love the clouds over the bluffs – so, so pretty! Fry bread is the good of the gods and if the toppings are fresh, an Indian Taco is delicious. Something we look forward to all over the southwest :-)))

  32. Dawn in Asheville, NC says:

    Wow, those prices were a wee bit steep! Guess they get you when they are the only game in town…one thought came to mind…sprouting? I just use a mason jar, rubber band, cheesecloth, and at my local store can pick up different types of sprouting seeds. A semi sunny spot, rinse and shake once a day and I can have greens most days – on salads, pita pockets, sandwiches, or I suppose, sauted. I’ve heard you only want to get seeds prepped for sprouting so you don’t have to worry about e-coli. Anyway, cheap and easy edible greenery with lots of nutrients, that I would think would be RV friendly? Mine are usually ready Day 4 after I start a batch (you soak for 24 hours first before you start the once daily rinsing). Two tablespoons tend to give me 4 hefty servings. If I were smart I’d get them to where I want and poke them in fridge, start my next batch right away, but I tend to just pull them out of the jar when I want them.
    Just a thought!

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Sprouting seeds only not just about ecolli as sprouting seeds can also be contaminated. It’s also to avoid seeds that have been chemically treated for instance with fungicide. Use only seeds certified for sprouting. It’s fun and easy. Poured off rinse water can be used to water plants, not fill your rv tank.

      • Dawn in Asheville, NC says:

        The rinse water would be a consideration when boondocking. I expect it’s clean enough, though that it could be easily reused in other ways, although I don’t think I’d use it for drinking.

  33. edlfrey says:

    My one and only stop at Bluff included a Navajo Pizza from the Twin Rocks Cafe. I did not think much of it and if I remember correctly you agreed with me and said that you would be trying their Navajo Taco.
    Now you say that the Taco was good but you will stick with their Pizza. I guess I’ll give both of them a miss. If I’m ever back in Bluff perhaps I need to try their soup as recommended by Pamela Wright.

  34. Some of my best showers–well, now that I think of it, all of them–have been at laundromats. That’s because we were tent-camping in the mountains and by the time we got around to laundry and showers, it was like being in heaven!

    Do you ever shower in your Casita?

    • Dawn in NC says:

      Hi Kisstab, I’ll try to answer for Sue, since she is traveling. No, she doesn’t use her shower. Partly it is to save water. The other part is that she doesn’t like her entire bathroom getting wet in the process. She takes sponge baths.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      I’ll try to answer for Sue. She has said that she rarely if ever uses the shower and prefers sponge baths. Advantages both from a water conservation point and the hassle of cleaning the shower stall.

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      I will add what we do as we have a “wet bath” similar to Sues. We have a Leisure Travel van Sprinter. We do use ours to shower, though not practical for dry camping or boondocking, with only 27 gallons fresh water! It works fine. We usually plan so it can sit with bath door open and often van door too so it can dry which it does in under an hour most of time here in the west. We have used a towel to wipe the toilet dry if one of us needs it. I only have to move a small trash can, the TP, and the towels, so it’s no bother. But then, we are not full time in it, but I’d still use it if hooked up to water and sewer. We never considered it a problem for us.

      • When tent-camping, we just used wipes. Sometimes they were baby wipes; sometimes adult wipes made specifically for camping. It was remarkable how refreshed we felt using them. My only real issue is my hair. I have very fine, oily hair, so shampooing is something I have to do, or else just wear a ball cap all the time–which makes my head sweat and makes me three times as hot!

  35. BadgerRickInWis says:

    Stinkeye! I wonder where the little guy learned that from?

    Apparently our Princess has taught him the power of her PAWS system. (Photo Aversion With Stinkeye)

  36. Dawn in NC says:

    Well Sue, you’ve certainly been busy posting all of these blog posts so fast. You’re going to spoil me! I love the fact that you make even doing your laundry so interesting. My cats like to “help” me with my laundry by sitting in the clean laundry basket as I am trying to put clean clothes in it from the dryer. Ah well, what’s a little more hair on my clothes? 😉 The weather in NC has been amazing. Most years we have only a short time of moderate weather and go straight to hotter than hell. This year, we have had a what I think of as a British spring. Very cloudy and rainy with cool temperatures. It’s rare to need a blanket in May. OK, that’s all of my news. I hope for lots of affordable fresh fruits and veggies wherever you end up!

  37. Terri From Texas says:

    BadgerRick,
    You are hilarious! My husband is also from Wisconsin and has a wicked sense of humor. Is it the water?? 🙂

    Terri

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      No, it’s the fact that 9 months a year it’s too freakin’ cold to go outside so we huddle around the fire, drink beer, eat cheese, grill bratwurst and make snarky comments.

      It’s not much but it’s a tradition.

  38. Suzette (TN) says:

    Love, love LOVE the shot of the clouds over the bluff. And the Navajo Taco made me want one…big time. Just can’t manage the two-day drive to get it! 🙂 I really want to go to Bluff!

  39. I got the Navajo Taco (minus olives) there. I don’t usually buy trinkets, but I couldn’t pass up the mini petroglyph magnets.

  40. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Blogerinos …… this query is for gals AND guys ….. those of us that have or had long hair and are of the RV persuasion.

    I’ve had long hair all my life. I thought I always would. It seemed that the strands were easily corralled by a pony tail. Add a clip and total containment. I’ve been rethinking this mindset lately. I now want the ease of care and water usage reduction of short hair. My hair, now, is just ok. Presentable, with lots of fuss and bother. RV life is not about fuss and bother or lots of power and water usage and drainage. I think I’d look like a drowned rat with short hair and my scalp would get sunburnt but would welcome not smacking my elbows and wrists on the walls while brushing. (can’t always go outside for that) Others may see this as vain and/or silly, but it’s really an identity and quite emotional. (ever cry after they trimmed TOO much?)

    The questions I ask are :

    Have you thought about the same? If so, what were your thoughts?

    To those who DID cut your hair off, did you just love it or regretted it?

    Do you get maintenance cuts at a shop or DIY?

    Looking for YOUR thoughts – about YOURSELF.

    Thanks for your consideration on this.

    MV gal

    • weather says:

      It’s often occurred to me since I was a kid that those who choose simplified upkeep and maintenance vs. the fuss and bother alternative regarding their hair length make life easier for themselves. My hair is long and I’ve always kept it that way on purpose. I understand what you mean about identity and emotion being part of that, and don’t find it silly . What helped me decide not to go the easier way ? I tried on a few wigs with short hair, looked in a mirror and not only knew that I looked awful, I actually felt awful. If you get the chance to be near a place that has wigs it might be worth your time to try a short one on. You might discover that you like how you look and feel with short hair, most women do.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        weather,

        Thank – you for your thoughtful reply. Yes! I actually have a wig (shag) or two in short (er) styles. (for fun and games) They are full and hold their style nicely. I might just do as you mentioned with a much, much shorter ‘do. (Pixie?) Good idea!

    • My hair full is full and below the shoulders. I’m not a full-timer, but I have at times been traveling for long periods of time, several months, car/van camping, tent camping, tent-trailer camping, and RV camping, and I find it easy to find a way to wash my hair at least every 4-5 days, regardless of situation or location (ALMOST all of the time). I don’t change my ‘style’ or preferences for convenience.

      I do take care of my hair and keep it clean by putting it ‘up’ or ‘back’ with a wrap, headband, or ‘tie’ to keep it away from perspiration, wearing a scarf or putting it in a bun under a hat to keep it from touching the ground, or to prevent too much dirt in a dust storm, etc. (Love sun hats for dual purposes)
      I wear a sun hat to keep sun damage away from my face, neck and exposed skin, which also helps with keeping hair clean.
      If perspiration is light, I rinse my hair sooner, as opportunities arise, to maintain it longer.
      (I also “cover my grey” about once every 6+ weeks when possible.)

      I can ‘wash’ my hair with only a couple of gallons of water, depending on location. I have a collapsible solar shower and 5-gallon shower bag I can lay on top of my car for heat, and to provide a gravity-driven water source. I use WEN which is a cleansing conditioner, and ‘soap’ residue is not an issue. A tiny bit of residue isn’t an issue because it acts as a conditioner and protection. I greatly dislike ‘dry’ shampoo unless for medical purposes.

      Being very careful not to contaminate natural water sources, my favorite way is to ‘swim’ in a stream, lake, or river for fun, exercise, and to get my hair very wet, initially. I’ve even have initially ‘wet’ my hair under a water faucet when necessary. But ‘cleansing products’ are saved for use when water disposal is available.

      When I get out of the water, I return to my rig, use the WEN conditioning cleanser, and then rinse my hair over the shower/bathtub, over the sink, or into a basin, using the 2 gallon jugs of water I have reserved for that purpose. That way, the cleanser is stored until it can be put down a proper drain, and not affect the outdoor eco system. I always carry 2 extra gallons of water, even though I have a shower in my rig for ‘baths’. Washing long hair separately conserves my water in the fresh water tank if I’m being frugal.

      I wouldn’t really want to cut my hair, or have a ‘wash & wear’ haircut, unless the style specifically appealed to me. I’ve always greatly identified medium-to-long hair with femininity, so being comfortable with cutting my hair off for convenience wouldn’t be a consideration.

      I did, however, cut it off (really short) once to donate it to a friend with cancer, who really needed a wig. In the back of my mind, cutting it for a ’cause’ was a lot more tolerable than ever cutting it for convenience. Growing it back was traumatic, and seemed to take forever. I have a simple little propane curling iron with extra cartridges that I can use to smooth my hair or add a little curl.

      I’ve seen women camping in the desert who wore mesh sleeping caps, or even clear shower caps when dust storms blew up quickly. Others had scarves or were wearing gauze ‘hoodies’ that worked great.

      Keeping my hair at my preferred length may be a little extra time or work, but I like the ‘girl-ish’ and feminine feeling it gives me, and I don’t think the shape of my head would lend itself to having any type of ‘wash & wear’ style, which is just my personal preference.

      Sometimes I have to wait longer than I prefer, but when my hair is unruly or feeling icky, I just practice patience, and wear more hats or ponytails. I don’t pass up any opportunities to keep clean, even if it’s really ‘too soon’ to wash it again. I’d never get my hair “cut” in a questionable place, and if so, I would ask them to ‘trim the ends only’, so that there would be room to correct mistakes. LOL

      I have, upon occasion, visited state parks on a day pass just to use their showers, sometimes checked into a motel for one night so I could get squeaky clean, use cologne, and be ready to attend some special event.

      If you are close to a beach, look for the showers where people rinse off the sand, and you can get a fast rinse to rid yourself of basic grime, sand, or perspiration without soap for a momentary ‘fix’.

      If you pass a gym, many will let you exercise, and shower for a one-time $5 fee, which is the case here in my home town with our hospital-affiliated rehab/exercise/gym, for visitors or on a daily trail basis. Many of the older traditional ‘beauty parlors’ frequented by more mature ladies will happily ‘wash’ your hair for $5, which is a great quick fix. I’ve used a few of the salons in the larger Walmarts at times, but they aren’t as inexpensive.

      It’s totally a matter of personal preference, and what’s specifically important to an individual. Do whatever is ‘right’ for you, because in the grand scheme of life, no one else will really care what you choose to do.

      I would advise anyone who goes to a ‘short’ haircut to please go to a professional for advice on styles, do it ‘in stages’ so you can get used to the shorter length, and be prepared to buy a wig if the change is traumatic. <>.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Becky,

        That is a lot of good information. Most of it I do already. The washing is one issue, however, the aftercare is another. And the time that takes. It shows that you take pride and care about your tresses. I like seeing people with a head of hair that is worn proudly – be it long or short. I’ve also heard and seen what Wen can do. (sadly, not in my budget) Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      I haven’t been RV’g yet but my hair is getting long and I hate it. As you stated and do, I have it in a pony tail 99% of the time. As for the water etc. usage, I’ll get my hair cut short again for ease of care. As for where to get trims and cuts, I find “beauty schools”. I’m eligible for senior discount, wash, cut, blowdry is only $8! Most of the schools do allow “walk-ins”.

      There are schools most everywhere. Xenon Academy, Artistic and Empire are some that I have been to.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Elaine,

        I, too, have used ‘academies’. Had a spiral perm there once; it took 6 hours! Lasted 3 years. Later was told the perm was gone by 6 months – turns out that I have naturally curly hair now. (?)

        Here’s another dilemma: not all towns have schools so, even if I go regularly to a ‘chop-shop’ either way, that is money and time I need to work into the budget. If I do it myself, I might traumatize people that see me but I can use those funds elsewhere. (Navajo Tacos?)

        • Elaine in Colorado says:

          LOL I love it! 6 hours for a perm that lasted 3 years and now you have curly hair! Money well spent there! 🙂 Perms used to last me about 6 months or so. I would get them to use the white and gray perm rods alternately.

          I have a friend who is an over-the-road truck driver, he has an RV style tractor. It has a 2 door refrigerator, kitchen sink, dining area under the bed, microwave and a full shower/toilet. My hair was shorter last time I went with him therefore easier to wash and maintain.

          While on the road, and while home, I use swagbucks to “earn” Amazon gift cards and paypal money. That usually pays for the little extras I want.

    • DesertGinger says:

      I wore my hair long much of my adult life, but then I hit my late 40s and thought the long hair ‘pulled’ my face down. So I went short and loved it! I ave mainly kept it short since then and am very happy with it. My hair tends to be thin so I wash with a special all natural bar shampoo from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve company that promises to minimize thinning. Then I rinse with apple cider vinegar. I get very good results. My hair is naturally blonde, with an ashy tint. I get highlights every 4 months or so as it improves the texture of my thin, fine hair. Not so much for color; doesn’t really change my color much. However now I have decided to get some hot pink highlights, as soon as I have the money. Fun!

      • DesertGinger says:

        I don’t go grey, by the way.

        • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

          Hey D.G.!

          I have been trying to go eggplant purple way before the craze started. Even contacted the hair dye company. Closest thing was a plumish – mahogany. The gray bits hold it well. (Neener- Neener 😉 )

          Good to hear that you survived getting your hair wacked off and are loving it. We would expect nothing else from THE DesertGinger!

          • Elaine in Colorado says:

            I was thinking about lilac although being an olive complexion might not be a good choice. I love how we have our own trends and fashion statements!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Grew up with a pixie. Had to have short hair or put it bun for work. Spent 40 bucks each month at the salon for years! Decided I could do my own hair with clippers tapered 6-5-4-3-2-1. Been doing it for 10 years now. Totally wash and wear. If I want to be snazzy I add gel.

      Jules has short hair also. No drano needed at this household!

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Howdy Cinandjules!

        That’s what I was thinkin’. Wash ‘n wear. Moooossee or whatnot goo for dress-up. The drainy cloggy thing is another.
        My cousin (who is long and brunette, too) said the funniest thing … “I was vacuuming the brown rug in the bathroom and remembered … I don’t have a brown rug!”
        (she’s almost as funny as you)

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Think of all the H20 you’ll save, time spent primping, no self induced hot flashes….the list goes on!

          If your perm stayed that long…it means your hair doesn’t grow really fast!

          I think there is a website where you upload your photo and can try on different hairstyles.

          Like Al mentioned…the only one you have to please is yourself! Best wishes on your decision!

      • Mick'nTN says:

        And I have the picture to prove that, Alameda Buzz Gals.

    • From a guy point of view: As I was losing my hair, it got to the point where there was no way I could comb it that didn’t look like I was trying to hide bald spots. And I always disliked men who were in denial about baldness. So I’ve buzzed my head for the past 20 years. I have clippers that run off my inverter.

      As for women: I dig women with short hair—very short. Like less than an inch. Buzzed, even. To me it’s a big middle finger to conventional beauty standards and gender roles. It shows self-assuredness. It says, “I have better things to do than tend to my hair.” At the same time, everyone should do whatever they want with their hair, though I would hope that they do it to please themselves instead of others.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Hi Al,

        Glad to have your $20.02 (inflation 😉 ) The comb-over job just screams “I am lying to myself and you”

        I’ve been perusing your musings and photos including a selfie or two. You present well.

        I also thought that even pulled up/back long hair creates extra heat. Good in Winter. Not so good in heat. AAHhhh the breeze through the bristles of a (?) high and tight.

        While I thought my hair was my best asset, I think some people were actually watching the spiders in there while I was working.

        Roll on, steel man!

  41. Rick & Brock the Dog, WA says:

    Hi Sue!
    Thank you for the tour through Bluff and the Navajo taco. Of course now I’m going to have to try making the fry bread. Love the Reggie stink-eye….Brock gives me that when I haven’t given him his evening treat…….I’m trained well. Safe travels to you all!

  42. Wow that looks awesome and looks good enough to eat right off the page, the taco I mean,,,, nice pics of the day,,, and the pup’s are looking good too?,,,, have a great day you 3,,,,, rusty?

  43. Willow (AZ) says:

    Your day sounds perfect and the Navajo taco delicious. I just returned from Las Vegas, I am Reminded again how lucky I am to enjoy a quiet, peaceful life. Tula stayed with my son and family I hardly leave her so her reaction when she saw me was so precious.

  44. We stayed in this campground last year and loved it there. We had some real adventures while staying there. Washed clothes at the same laundry, but never ate at the Twin Rocks Restaurant. Have fun!

  45. AZ Jim says:

    I love picture number one. Reggie is such a noble looking little fellow.

  46. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    The ole evil eye!!! Love it. Great pictures! The picture of the fluffy clouds is amazing. Again I say, you have a wonderful eye and very good camera. The Twin Rocks Café looks like an interesting place. The corn cob earrings are a hoot!!! I wonder if they are a popular item. It always interests me what can be found in the tourist trap stores. Sometimes you can get some authentic locally made items but most of the time they are made in China.
    Hope you will be in a nice quiet spot for the Memorial Day Weekend.
    Big hugs to you and the crew.

  47. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, everyone!

    The crew and I are settled into another beautiful camp which I look forward to showing you.

    Thanks to those of you who helped keep the comments section alive and well while I was offline. A lively discussion about long vs. short hair — who woulda’ guessed! The blogorinos do know how to chat!

    A new post will be up in a few moments.

    Sue

  48. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Ha! I just posted a note on the previous post about you possibly picking up a Navaho Fry Bread taco or a pizza! It looks good! 🙂

  49. Barb Dove says:

    Thanks Sue for sharing about Navajo Tacos. Stopped at Gramma’s Kitchen in Crowpoint, NM outside of Chaco Canyon, both ordered one and loved it. We are two years this month full-timing and as usual your blog is enriching our experience in every way. The new camp in Monticello looks like one for us to try. Thanks again for all you share, B&D

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barb! I almost took us to Chaco Canyon… Looked like a fascinating place from what I saw online.

      I’m glad you ordered the Navajo tacos and enjoyed them. Congratulations on two years of life on the road!

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