Valley of the Gods revisited, a Micro Lite travel trailer, and motivation to break camp early

Saturday, May 21

“I’m in the mood for a drive.  Let’s go to Valley of the Gods!”

P1110460Route 163 takes us westward.

Soon Bridget makes it known that she needs a potty break.  I  park the Perfect Tow Vehicle at a pull-out.  While the crew wanders around, I challenge myself to capture with my camera lens a bird swooping on air currents.

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After several tries . . . success!

P1110458Well, that was fun. 

“Ready, guys?  In ya’ go!”

Continuing further westward we enter an area of red and coral rock.

Unable to find a place to pull over, I take a drive-by shot.

P1110461When we visited the Valley the first time, our approach was from a different direction because we were camped at Goosenecks State Park.

So the drive from this direction is new to me.

P1110462Imagine cruising down and up the road in the photo below!

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P1110467As the name suggests, Valley of the Gods is a spiritual experience.

P1110468Today I’m not feeling it. 

Dispersed camping is allowed here.  This camper is in a parking area where people stop to take photos of surrounding monuments, so I assume they don’t mind being photographed.

P1110473It sorta’ kills the mood, know what I mean?  Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with the Best Little Trailer sitting next to one of the monuments, spoiling the view far and wide for everyone who visits.  That’s me.  You may feel differently, which is okay.  Like I said, camping is allowed.

I turn us around and head out. 

I first visited Valley of the Gods with the original crew in May of 2013.  It was a glorious day.  My soul was touched by the presence of magnificent monuments in the vast, quiet, emptiness.

Utah’s slogan “Life elevated” becomes real here.

Today, in contrast,  I feel a crankiness coming on, what with the wind and all.  I’d rather not allow a less-than-glorious experience obscure the memory of that first, exceptionally fine one.

(You can see several photos from that visit in the slideshow at this link.)

P1110471“We’ve seen enough for today.  We’ll take that beautiful drive home and be happy.”

Sunday, May 22

Complete change of topic!

While Reggie and I accompany Bridget in her car around the Sand Island Campground loop, we come upon an interesting, lightweight, travel trailer.

The owners, a man and woman from Illinois, are outside. 

They graciously answer my questions and allow me to take these pics.

P1110489I learn it’s a Micro Lite, the Xtreme model, cargo hauler. 

This one has barn doors in the back.

P1110492You can order it with a door that swings up to make a “porch roof” or with a door that swings down to make a ramp.

Recently a reader mentioned her plan to RV solo with her large, aging dog who can no longer use stairs.  A person in that kind of situation or someone with a bike to haul may want a trailer like this.

P1110490An article at RV Business website gives details on these inexpensive travel trailers (under $7,000!) which are made in Elkhart, Indiana.   You can also search YouTube for video tours.

P1110491Monday, May 23

We are completely out of propane and almost completely out of groceries.  I can’t make a pot of coffee and there’s no chicken for the crew’s breakfast.

Accckkk!  What to do?

Pack up, hitch up, and move out!

Well, I was planning on doing that this morning anyway, just not as early.

I stop in Bluff for coffee and a cinnamon bun, giving the healthy diet started a few weeks ago another hit. After gassing up the PTV, we shoot on up to Blanding, where I stock the fridge and cupboard at Clark’s grocery.  Boy, do I load up on fresh fruits and vegetables!

It’s too early in the morning to buy a rotisserie chicken. 

Instead I purchase a box of fried chicken, hurry out to the PTV,  peel off the skin and crust of a chicken breast, and dole out breakfast to my hungry crew.

I ask a man walking toward the store where I can buy propane.  I find the place easily and once that task is completed, we’re on our way to a new camp!

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190 Responses to Valley of the Gods revisited, a Micro Lite travel trailer, and motivation to break camp early

  1. milliehubbard says:

    first?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      YAY, MILLIE! CONGRATULATIONS!

      • milliehubbard says:

        I have been trying to hit “first” for at least 4 years! hehe!

        I am so behind in my reading. I have to get caught up…but I did delight in the post on the T@B a few posts ago…DH and I have the “little sister” to the T@B…we have a T@G…which is a non-standee version with the kitchen in the back. Love it and can vouch for the quality construction.

        Anyway, very exciting to be first and on a post with such beautiful photos!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Four years? Wow… You made first place the old-fashioned way… You earned it! 🙂

        • Linda-NC says:

          Hi Millie- I have been looking at the T@Gs for awhile. I have a 4 cyl car that tows 1500# and was advised not to tow it with that even though under my limit. What do you tow it with if you don’t mind my asking. Are you pleased with it?

          • milliehubbard says:

            Hi Linda – We were towing it with a 4 cyl Ford Escape and while it did manage the job, it was rough on the vehicle. We have purchased an AWD KIA Sorento 6 cyl. – it has a tow rating of 5,000# so it should do the job nicely. We haven’t been out with it yet, just recently purchased the KIA. We are also in NC and wanted to be able to take it up into the Blue Ridge easily. We went to Maine last summer with the Escape and the mountains in VT were a little tough on the Ford.

            On a side note, depending on where you are in NC, we have purchased two teardrops from D&H RV in Apex and can speak very highly of them. They are a Little Guy distributor so you can look at T@Gs, Silver Shadows, MyPods (our previous teardrop) T@Bs – the full line of Little Guys. Also, Little Guy is a fabulous company to work with…the campers are built by Pleasant Valley Trailers, an Amish company and the quality is superb. Both organizations are very service oriented, we have take the factory tour twice at Pleasant Valley up in Ohio. Great company! I’m happy to share our experience with Little Guy trailers…we LOVE them!

            • Linda-NC says:

              Thank you Millie for your reply. Good info about Little Guy. And Apex! I just think that they are so darn cute and the quality looks good so glad to hear from someone who owns one. I am going to go look at one next week just to get an idea, but will have to upgrade my 4 cyl SUV. I don’t need anything too big. Still on the fence-Class B or trailer. I live in the mountains of WNC and it is beautiful here so do visit it. You won’t be disappointed.

  2. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Another magical place. I love it there. Wide open spaces are calling my name. Thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      COLLEEN TIES FIRST PLACE! YOU’RE TOUGH TO BEAT, GIRL!

      • Colleen from Alabama says:

        12 days before I pick up my Casita…yeah!!!!!!! I won’t be able to follow your adventures as closely…..cuz I’ll be having my own and making memories of my own. So excited. Must admit a bit scared. Not as much as I was before I started reading your blog…..thanks for that. Enjoy your day.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Oh boy, it’s heart in the throat time! Ha! You’ll be very pleased with the orientation and send-off given by the Casita factory folks. It will be a day framed in gold in your memory.

          Don’t feel like you have to climb every mountain and be Miss Adventure right away. Take the time you need to become well acquainted with your Casita. I understand if you can’t be here as often. I do expect an update though! 🙂

          • Colleen from Alabama says:

            Will stay at near by RV park for a couple days to make sure everything is working while in Texas. I want to make sure everything is operational before heading home. Once I get the Casita like I want it I am going to stay at a RV park that is a few miles from my home for a while. I want to get on the road being comfortable with the Casita, towing and backing up (yuk).

  3. Rick & Brock the Dog, WA says:

    Hi Sue!
    Valley of the Gods….great place! Thanks for the memories…it’s been a few years since I’ve been there.

  4. milliehubbard says:

    For this “Easterner” this landscape looks like something from another planet. I’ve only been out west once, two years ago to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Arches. While all the scenery was just spectacular, there is something about the sandstone monuments that just seem “otherworldly”. Thanks for more great pics Sue!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Millie. That’s a good word — otherworldly — Wish I’d thought of it!

  5. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    YAY — I am first (almost)…………

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

    The view of the mountain from your new camp is incredible!! Seems like a while since the crew has had rotisserie chicken, I bet they are missing it . Hope you are having a fantastic day:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Gingerita. I hope your day is wonderful, too.

      Don’t feel sorry for the crew. These two gobbledy-guts consume chicken in some form or another every single day of their lives.

  7. Kristi & Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    Beautiful photos…hope your next stop is just as nice.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kristi & Daisie,

      This camp is great! Completely different environment compared to Sand Island.

  8. We bought propane in Montrose, CO…paid $3.50 a gallon!!! I stood there with my hands up.

    We have to head up to Billings, MT in order to get the axles aligned on the trailer. One side is chewing up tires. We went to a place in Grand Junction that said they could do it. Turned out they were either lying or I misunderstood.

    So, I guess our summer will begin in Montana.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, John K.,

      Montana is good. I love Montana, when I’m not in an auto repair shop….

      Axle problem… no fun. Sorry you didn’t encounter the solution in Grand Junction.

      Have you noticed how propane prices fluctuate greatly from place to place? This batch, a total of 8.5 gallons, cost $28.50. That works out to $3.35 a gallon (including sales tax).

      • I know. I can’t figure it out. $3.50 a gallon is way too much but what are you going to do…gotta have it. Oh well, at least we aren’t paying property taxes on a land based dwelling. 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s right. I consider what I spend on gas and propane as “rent” for living wherever I want. 🙂

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      I read your post again after I wrote my comment. (Slaps self) You wrote PROPANE! I wonder now if there is an app for propane prices.

      $3.50 per gallon …. highway robbery! In the Denver Metro area gas is ranging from just over $2/gallon to $2.30/gallon (that’s for 85%).

      If you use an Android smartphone, there is a free app called “Gas Buddy” that I use. You just enter in the zip code and gas prices come up with addresses etc. I don’t know if it’s available for the iPhone.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Elaine,

        Okay, so there’s no confusion… John K’s talking about $3.50 a gal. for propane and you’re talking about $2-$2.30 a gal. for gas.

        Thanks for mentioning Gas Buddy. I don’t use it. I buy where I’m at when I think of it, rather than driving somewhere. Others may find it helpful.

  9. Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

    I’m in the first hour. That’s close enough for me; I’m just not competitive.

    I’m sad that you weren’t able to enjoy the Valley of the Gods. It looks spectacular in the pictures. I agree that “otherworldly” is a good description. The new view is big and peaceful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Calvin R.,

      Ha! I’m not competitive either. I get a kick out of those who are. 🙂

      Oh, no big disappointment about Valley of the Gods. I saw much more than this post shows, incredible views! And if you look at the slideshow of our previous visit, you’ll see that I was fortunate to have the full experience at that time. What a place!

  10. Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

    I forgot to mention the MicroLite trailer. That looks totally appropriate to me in somewhat different circumstances. It’s even in Elkhart, which is within a day’s drive of here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good feedback. I wondered if any readers would see the application of that trailer design.

      • Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

        Among other things, I have arthritis. That lower step up by itself is a point in its favor. The price is also a real advantage.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I didn’t think of that, regarding the step. Good point (Sorry you have arthritis, Calvin.)

          The inside of the trailer may not have a lot of accoutrements — I haven’t looked on the website very closely. However, the trailer gives a person a start at a price making it affordable for many… Goodies can be added later as needed and as money is available.

          • Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

            The ability to customize is probably the bigger point. I hadn’t realized that any companies had caught on to the recent trend among “van dwellers” of customizing cargo trailers. It would be very nice to have the “systems” (electricity, water, etc.) professionally installed, then go ahead with whatever I want in furnishings and layout.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              The only “downside” and maybe it isn’t (I’m venturing into an area of which I know nothing) is the installation of systems after a build might be more difficult aka expensive to have done than if the trailer already had those systems. I don’t really know. Just a thought.

            • Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

              It’s the other way around. I’d order the trailer with a battery or two and lights. Cargo trailers can be ordered that way, with a 110v charging outlet. I believe insulation can be included. Solar wiring would be nice. I don’t know if cargo trailers come that way, but I bet MicroLite could do it. If they’d install a gray water tank, maybe a macerator, and a fresh tank, the rest would basically be “furniture,” which I could find and install for myself after I took possession.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I see. The man did say that the makers of MicroLite are good about customizing the trailer according to wishes of the customer.

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        Hi Sue, just jumping in here…a friend of mine has been looking at horse trailers for the same reason as these people, ease of getting in and using the back as a ramp and also as a patio for sitting outside. She may like this trailer and she would not have to convert a horse trailer…I kind of like it, kinda like a toy hauler but not as big.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Exactly, Shirlene. The man opened up the back for me. He had his quad in there and it was dark, so I didn’t try a photo. Interestingly he said that the bed folds down where the quad was sitting. That means one can remove whatever one is hauling, and then when one lies in bed one is right next to that wide open door. An attached screen room there? Could be very nice.

          The black exterior bothers me a bit. Of course, I’m programmed for white everywhere. I don’t know how or if the dark exterior would affect the interior temps.

          I hope your friend finds what will work best for her.

          • DesertGinger says:

            They offer a bunch of colors, including white. And yes, the dark exterior would increase heat.

        • weather says:

          Have a Happy Birthday tomorrow Shirlene! 🙂

        • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

          Happy Birthday Shirlene. Have a great one.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Shame on me, Shirlene, for not mentioning your birthday…

          HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I have a feeling this year is going to be one of your best! I wish you gifts to enjoy, just as you have been a gift here for all of us.

        • DesertGinger says:

          Happy birthday Shirlene!

        • Susan vlastelica says:

          Might check out the living quarters horse trailers. They are already set up with however many upgrades you want. They are low to the ground so dragging them into some areas is difficult. Loved ours.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        I have been browsing cargo trailers on line and visited a dealership to see how/if they could be customized for living. Very do-able. Most of us have found things or ways we’d like to make our ‘mobile mansion’ more efficient or just something else we need not available now. I wish the RV industry would see the potential of an easily customizable rig in the sprit of this one you highlighted.

        Perhaps instead of hauling motorcycles or 4 wheelers, a workshop cart could roll out and projects made under an e-z up shelter. Or… or… so many possibilities.

        Thanks, Sue, for showing us another piece to the puzzle.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A clever idea, Maple Valley gal! “…a workshop cart could roll out and projects made under an e-z up shelter.” I bet your comment will start wheels turning in the minds of many readers. 🙂

      • Dan in OR says:

        I have a Backpacker 2 from Three Feathers Manufacturing in LaGrande, Oregon that is very similar to this one. Mine isn’t a toy hauler, but has the big doors on the back opening to the galley, a large twin bed (50″x 80″) and lots of storage. Price is ~$7,500+ these days. While I love the teardrop trailers, we wanted more storage space and bigger, not quite standing, headroom. That Xtreme model is nice!

  11. Cheryl Olson ~ Puget Sound says:

    I love your photos…very pleasing to the eye and soul. Your last photo is showing you are heading north, like you said, with all the green. I’m going to take a trip after I retire in Sept. to Oregon to visit my Dad in Eugene then probably check out the coast on the way back. Does anybody know of reasonable campgrounds or places to camp from central Oregon coast northward to Washington? I don’t want to make reservations, either.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cheryl,

      It’s good your trip is planned for September. I don’t have any suggestions to offer.

      BLOGORINOS: Do you know any reasonable campgrounds or places to camp from central Oregon northward to Washington?

      • Dan in OR says:

        For developed campgrounds you can’t beat Oregon State Parks along the coast. My favorites are Beverly Beach north of Newport, Cape Lookout near Tillamook, and Ft. Stevens near Astoria (many historical sites to see). I avoid the big parks like Honeyman, South Beach and Nehalem, too big and crowded for me. In Sept. you shouldn’t have any trouble with not making reservations. Enjoy.

      • Hi, Cheryl:

        We traveled Hwy. 101 and Hwy. 1 on the California coast last fall and, since we are boondockers, we were excited to learn that it is permissible to stay overnight (12 hours?) at pull-outs in California. We found a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean just north of Fort Bragg. By the way, if you stop at or near Fort Bragg, I think you’ll find Glass Beach beautiful and interesting. (I am currently visiting family out of state but, if you would like more precise info about the spot, please feel free to email me at fun4annie@gmail.com. and I will reply when I get back home.) Happy retirement!!
        ~ Annie

    • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

      Hi Cheryl: Last summer we did a family trip from Southern California, up to the Willamette National Forest, and then west thru Springfield and Eugene to the Oregon Coast. When we got to the coast, we stayed at McKinley’s Marina & Park in Waldport. The park itself is just a huge cement slab, but there are full hook-ups, it is very clean, and the laundry room was wonderful! As the name implies, it is right on the water, although we couldn’t see the water from our site. There are quite a few permanent residents there, but there little “yards” were lovely and well-maintained – not junky at all. It’s a very short walk to a nice grocery store. They also had wifi-, cable, and an area to walk your dog (though I don’t remember it being enclosed). It’s a great location for exploring 8 miles south to Yahats (try Luna Seafood – awesome!!) or to the north to Newport, etc. We made reservations; I think I saw a few empty spots, but I’d call them and see what the probability is of getting in with no rezzies during the summer. We paid $30 a night – not bad for all the amenities and the location. Since we headed south afterwards to Harris Beach State Park, I don’t know of any campgrounds to the north. The “Wheeling It” blog has a lot of information about Oregon and Washington campgrounds. Hope you have a wonderful trip.

    • Cheryl O. says:

      Thank you for the suggestions. I’m excited to do some exploring and of course not have to get back to work.

  12. Elaine in Colorado says:

    As always, pictures are fabulous!

    Do you ever give Bridget and Reggie dog food?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, every day. Grain-free kibble. The way chicken keeps popping up in my posts gives the impression that Bridget and Reggie eat a lot of it. They have a small amount for a treat breakfast or a snack while on the road/at a new camp. Kibble later in the day.

      Thanks re the photos. I’m glad you like them.

      • Elizabeth Evelyn says:

        If my Maine Coon (BIG Cat) got chicken for an A.M. treat he would wake me up BEFORE he sees the light of day!

        While I am here…. The pictures in this post are ABSOLUTELY
        FANTASTIC! In my 33 years of RVing I do not recall every
        having visited that lovely area…. AND I am a Native of the WEST!

        I read your blog daily…. IT IS GREAT…. SO ARE YOU! AND FURKIDS TOO

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, E2!

          Thanks for that nice note. It’s always a pleasure to see you appear here, Elizabeth. I hope all is well with you, that you’re still keeping everyone around you happy with your music. Give Clyde a big cuddle from me!

        • Debra (CO) says:

          Elizabeth – I have a Maine Coon also. She looks like a little bobcat with the ear tufts and the mane. She has a very different personality from any other cat I have had. I’m hoping she will adjust to the RV life when we get on the road next summer.

          • Elizabeth Evelyn says:

            My Clyde is the color of Marmalade, with a huge white bow tie and tummy… Clyde
            is GORGEOUS!

            He is very smart and bossy… he has me very well trained. I got him as a tiny boy
            who was found out in the boondocks near Roswell, NM…. He went out once… a few
            days after I got him…. I panicked but eventually found him on the axle of my motor-
            home…. He has not been outside since…. even when I leave the door open while
            unloading stuff from my car…..

            Suggestion: Put a harness on your girl and leash her to a cupboard handle…leave the
            door open and unload stuff from your car into your rig….. might work!

            Clyde came from the boondocks to a cage in the animal shelter to my rig….. Remember how smart the Maine Coon’s are!!

            • Debra (CO) says:

              Marmalade! Wow, I bet Clyde is very striking with that white bow tie!

              My Misty is a tabby and she was rescued from a barn. She was 3 mos when she came to me and will be 9 in August. She likes to go out in the back yard some but I do have a halter for her and a rope. A few years ago she snuck around behind me and jumped over the fence. Fortunately at that time the neighbor didn’t have a dog. So now she has to have the halter on to go out. And I stay out with her.

              She is very smart and knows what she wants! I think she will do okay, but it will be an adjustment for her.

      • Nancy S. Indiana says:

        Sue…just a quick note to tell you I was thinking of you fondly this morning. I was watching a solo woman RVer on Youtube who had a dog with her. There was such a lack of love & attention for the dog it made me sad. No chicken treats or a Bridgett “car”. Keep loving those fur babies?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand. I hate to see that, where the dog is not considered part of the family.

          It’s nice, though, to be thought of “fondly.” 🙂

  13. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    No crew pics!!! Baaaaa!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, I see how it is. You don’t care about me or camps. All you care about are Bridget and Reggie. Well! Now I know.

      hee-hee 🙂

      • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

        How could you tell? I was thinking maybe you should change the name of the blog to “Canine Crew and Their RV Sue”! 🙂

  14. Larry M from the Pac NW says:

    ALWAYS love reading your blog Sue!! Thanks so much!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Larry. I love your enthusiasm for my blog. I hope your day is great!

  15. Debra (CO) says:

    Love the photos of Valley of the Gods. There are SO many beautiful places in the west. Just amazing!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And many of those beautiful places are in Utah. I’m happy you enjoyed the photos, Debra.

      • Dawn in MI says:

        Agree. Utah is amazing!

      • Debra (CO) says:

        I have only been to UT once, that was last spring when I spent a few days at Arches & Canyonlands NP. I especially loved the Needles district of Canyonlands. Then went up to Dinosaur NP. Was looking forward to star gazing as that is supposed to be one of the darkest area in US. Unfortunately there were thunderstorms all night. If anyone is in the area of Vernal, UT, there are some very interesting petroglyphs there. They are on a private ranch, but the owners have it open to the public. It is called McConkie Ranch and is just a few mile north of town. It is worth the stop. You can find photos on the web if interested.

        In October I am going to Zion NP for a week, and really looking forward to that.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You will love Zion. It is one of Utah’s gems.

        • Kerry in UT says:

          We’re going out to Dinosaur this weekend! Thanks for the info, Debra!

          If you’re looking for dark skies in Utah, both Hovenweep National Monument and Natural Bridges National Monument are two of the darkest places in the country. We boondocked near Natural Bridges a couple of years ago, and we had the most amazing star show I’ve ever seen!

          I hope you enjoy your trip to Zion NP! I’ve never been, but the hubs and I will be spending Thanksgiving there, and we’re very excited!

          • Debra (CO) says:

            Kerry, thanks Hovenweep and Natural Bridges are both in my plans. Many years ago I went to one of the out islands in the Bahamas. There were zero outdoor lights on the island. The first night I just couldn’t believe my eyes – you almost didn’t see any sky, it was all stars! I have never seen anything like that since, it was breathtaking!

            If you plan to go to McConkie Ranch, stop at the visitors center at the turn for Dinosaur. They have some info and directions. Also, there are 2 groups of rock art. One you go to the right of the parking area and through a pasture. When you get to what looks like the end of the rock art and trail, keep going on past that. You will come to another section that has some of the best art. Hope you enjoy it!

        • DesertGinger says:

          The International Dark Sky Association is looking acted in Tucson, AZ and provides a list of certified dark sky communities.

          http://darksky.org/idsp/communities/

          • Debra (CO) says:

            We have a dark skies city here in CO – Westcliffe. It is a small town of about 1000 and in the Wet Mountain Valley right at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mtns. I think it is one of the most beautiful places in CO. It is still mostly a ranching community and no chain stores/restaurants. If I was going to have a s&b home that is a place I would consider. They have a great bluegrass festival on the weekend after 4th of July. The people are so friendly and with the scenery and music it makes for an awesome weekend. If there are any bluegrass fans here I would highly recommend it – http://www.highmountainhayfever.org.
            It is run by a non profit to benefit the local medical center.

  16. Great photos as usual, nice closeup of the Turkey Vulture. Chicken for a snack – yum. We add a small amount of rotisserie chicken to Pepper’s morning and evening kibble. She really likes it. We are thinking of getting her a stroller similar to Bridget’s, at 13 she likes to go but is having trouble going very far. Have fun at the new camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Turkey vulture… I didn’t dare say because when I do, I’m usually wrong.

      Lucky Pepper gets chicken…. I figure I eat for fun, why can’t the crew?

      I don’t know if you can see the link to the stroller in the sidebar on your device. It’s made by Pet Gear. Great stroller. Holds up to 72 pounds. The three of us took a long walk today, which wouldn’t have been possible without Bridget’s car. The investment is worth it.

  17. Adrienne in Carlsbad, CA says:

    What?!
    No pictures of the crew? I already miss them…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Adrienne,

      I’m so pleased to see you here again! I saw your comment about Reggie’s cowboy outfit under the previous post . . . WELCOME! You are one of the blogorinos!

      I love your name. It’s lovely (which probably is why I love it). Hope you will visit with us often…

  18. weather says:

    The thing about places that are a spiritual experience is that they can change, not visibly rather in what a person can feel surrounding them there. One time it may have a clean peaceful air about it, another time it may have a disturbing atmosphere( at least in my experience). My point is that your crankiness may not have stemmed from the wind alone. In any case, I’m glad you decided to leave and be happy 🙂

    Good job catching the bird in flight, might have been a peregrine falcon? Gosh, that trailer has all kinds of possibilities! I went to the manufacturer’s website having been intrigued by what I read from the link you provided, thanks for doing that. They have a model that is almost stripped bare , fair sized with enough height to stand and walk comfortably in, lightweight, and affordable. It would be fun to start with a blank slate , so to speak, and make the inside be exactly what one wanted it to be, wouldn’t it?

    No coffee, propane or chicken, -gee whiz that’s cutting it close, good thing you were ready to go already. Did the crew seemed confused when you started driving without giving them breakfast first? I’d wondered if you’d buy the store’s entire stock of produce when you finally got there, ha! I imagine you’ve been feasting quite happily and keeping warm at your current camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      A few minutes ago I finished off a big, green, leafy salad. Yes, I’m “feasting quite happily.”

      Your first paragraph is so true. Our first visit to Valley of the Gods was after several days of anticipation. This visit was spur of the moment on a Saturday. Although there weren’t many cars, there were enough. Plus the RV, plus the wind picking up…. and those other elements we cannot name that disturb the atmosphere, as you mentioned. When the negative feeling occurs, experience tells me it’s not going to improve. Might as well leave and return another day.

      Anyway… We had a great day. It’s a beautiful drive just from Sand Island to the entrance!

      Yes, that trailer does appeal to creatively building the interior to suit oneself. I’m glad you found the topic interesting . . .

      Thanks for catching my typo in this post. I fixed it.

      • weather says:

        It’s nice to picture you with what you enjoy-good food, coffee, the crew , the wind in the tall pines where you are. The pines here are dappled with sprouts of bright green as they go through their annual springtime growth. The rest of the trees’ buds are all opening into leaves so the sounds our wind has are multiplying, as are the birdsongs and sightings of wildlife. Yesterday the year’s first orange butterfly joined the yellow bumblebees dancing through the wildflowers growing near my backdoor.

        Today I’ll be at a park on another part of this lake to visit with a friend. The road to there has lilac trees just at their peak of beauty now growing in fields where no one lives. That’s among the few plants on earth I don’t just leave alone, I like to snip a branch or two to have their scent in the house. Whatever you do this good morning and day, I hope you find it delightful.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather,

          I agree. I think lilacs were designed for picking. I fondly remember my grandmother’s huge dining room table, big enough to feed all the farm hands during harvest season, and in the center a bouquet of lilacs.

          You have a delightful time in the park with your friend…

          • Elaine in Colorado says:

            I too love lilacs! There are fond memories of the Rochester Lilac Festival in my head. Never should a great lilac die on the tree!

  19. I drove through VoG for the first time the other day–after I finally spotted the gap in the guardrail that is the east entrance. It was a little after sunrise. The light was really dramatic. I found the perfect campsite way toward the back, with monuments towering closely, all around. But the spot was already occupied. Rats. Maybe I’ll be lucky some other time. Or I’ll occupy an inferior spot and be ready to leap when the perfect one becomes available. (That’s the great thing about not having a schedule.) I continued on to the west entrance. That half of the road is something only off-roaders could love.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I remember that “half of the road”…. The PTV had to bend in the middle to make it around some of those curves.

      I bet the light is very dramatic around sunrise… all that red rock aglow.

  20. Dawn in MI says:

    LOVE that ‘drive by” shot! Looks like a quilt.

  21. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Happy Tuesday!

    Nice shot of that ‘UFB’. For those of us not yet able to see them in person and have a library handy, I can’t recommend enough the dvd of “BBC’s Earth – Flight”. It is an actual bird’s eye view. Some of the birds were wearing mini-cams. Others were flying right next to Ultralight planes. One section is in the Southwest and even goes over the Grand Canyon. One of the ‘stars’ was a vulture. There were several kinds of vultures shown up close and hi-def. Majestic. Other areas of the world … cranes… flamingoes…eagles… diving birds shown under water. My jaw actually dropped! As this is about REAL nature, there are some hunter/prey parts that were hard for me, but overall a great show.

    MV gal

  22. Laura - Illinois says:

    I am sure you have covered this before, but I do not remember…. How hot does it get in the summer while you travel? Do your expenses go way up when the weather gets really hot? I imagine the areas you go would get really really hot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura,

      I haven’t covered that topic specifically. Posts from summers past show how I deal with heat… I take us to higher elevation. Our camp at Tinney Flat Campground in Utah is an extreme example, although we didn’t go there to escape heat:

      “Come on, it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you” in June BTW, at the end of that post are photos of the fastest potty run in the history of RVSue and her canine crew.

      The only way summer heat adds to our expenses is the occasional times we camp in an RV park with hookups in order to run the A/C. Sometimes increasing elevation isn’t possible/practical, like when driving from point A to point B, and it becomes necessary to get relief from the heat via A/C, usually only for a day or two. (The PTV’s A/C doesn’t work.)

      So the short answer to “Do your expenses go way up when the weather gets really hot?” No.

  23. Kitt, NW WA says:

    Afternoon, Sue,

    Valley of Gods, check, on the list of must sees! As always, spectacular photos and narration, take us along on your daily adventures. Thanks!!!

    Your new camp has to be among the scented pines, with warm days, cool nights, and silence echoing off the mountains. May the three of you rest easy and enjoy!

    Kitt

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You describe our new camp very well, Kitt. All I’d change is “silence echoing off the mountains.” It’s very quiet here except for the ever-present, soothing sound of wind in the pine boughs above us.

  24. Carol in MT says:

    We stayed at VoG last month and enjoyed the scenery. For dispersed camping it’s not very private. When we disperse camp we like the feeling of solitude in nature. The venue is just so vast you can see for miles. But, enjoyable non the less. Just a different kind of dispersed-ness.
    Working on my antenna mount today. Assembling parts and planning…
    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Carol. I agree. Camping at a place like Valley of the Gods isn’t secluded. You’re on display. If you look closely at the last photo of VoG, there’s a white speck… That’s the RV.

      Good luck with the antenna mount. I hope it goes smoothly for you…

  25. Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

    Great photos..I especially love the colored sand..looks like on of those sand thingys in a bottle..almost too pretty to be real.
    I have another question Sue & hope someone can help me out. I installed my back up camera, but when I went to mount my monitor discovered the dash in my pickup is not completely smooth…or at least it won’t hold tight. Any suggestions from anyone??

    Thanks for yet another great post, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pat…. That colored sand is actually rock. It does look like sand art. 🙂

      BLOGORINOS: Any suggestions for mounting the back-up camera monitor on an un-smooth dash?

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      Hi Pat, how about using the 3M picture strips, one side sticks onto the dashboard and the other sticky side goes on your monitor then you use the two exposed “velcro” sides to “marry them together”.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Yeah, that or industrial hook and loop. (Velcro) Is there an accessory cradle mount for it or something like a GPS available?

        • Elaine in Colorado says:

          How big is the monitor? If it’s GPS size, I can suggest a “clam shell” holder, works for smartphones and GPS. I found one on Amazon for under $20!

          • Pat (Freespirit)-in Texas says:

            Yes, I think the “clam shell” holder might be my answer. It’s probably the size of a small GPS…I’ll measure it, and check into that. Thanks to all for your suggestions!

            • Elaine in Colorado says:

              Pat, the clam shell one is also “weighted” so it will stay on your dashboard without problem! I have a friend who has one and I will purchase one in the near future.

    • Look on Amazon for the iOttie Dash Mount.

  26. Ray Fleming says:

    Hi Sue
    My wife and I were at Goosenecks last week and had a wonderful time. This is my wife’s first trip to Utah and we’re trying to fit a lot in the 3 weeks we have. We spent the last couple of nights at Ivie Creek. Thanks for showing us all the beautiful places. Be safe!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ray,

      I’m thrilled to read that you and your wife are having a wonderful time and that you are including some of my former camps in your trip to Utah.

      How was Ivie Creek? The last time I was there it was summer’s end and the place looked kind of beat up from lots of campers and cows. It is such a sweet camp when it’s fresh and in good shape… either with flowers blooming along the creek in Spring or the maple leaves brightly colored in Fall.

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        And that cool cabin with Dad and son?

      • Ray Fleming says:

        Sorry for the delay in answering your question, just got the Internet. The campsites at Ivie creek did look a little worn but the creek was beautiful. Sure saw a lot of snakes warming up on the road. Such a peaceful place. We are heading home to Louisiana and stopped outside of Mese Verde national park and my wife just commented on how she preferred Ivie creek to this private park. I think the boondocking bug may have gotten to her.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ha! That last line made me chuckle. I’m relieved that you were able to enjoy Ivie Creek. Gosh, lots of snakes… Hope some birds of prey fly in to take care of that!

          Thanks for answering, Ray. Have a safe trip home!

        • Lots of snakes? That’s where you lost me. I hope you’re not talking about in the campgrounds!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I think Ray is referring to the road that leads to the boondocking area. The campground is further up the road.

            • Ray Fleming says:

              Only saw the snakes on the road. Btw non were poisonous. Still driving home. Texas is too big!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I thought they probably weren’t poisonous or you would’ve said so. You’re right about Texas, Ray. We picked up the BLT in Rice, Texas in mid-August. I think it was 104 degrees and humid as hell. I drove (like a bat out of Texas) for the mountains of NM. I thought I’d never get out of Texas.

              Be careful. Don’t drive tired. It’s tempting to speed on the long stretches of road. Arrive home safe and sound. Okay, I know, I’m not your mommy. 🙂

  27. judy in east texas says:

    Hi Sue and Crew….you have once again awed me with the beautiful sites that you are visiting. Love all the pictures and of course i’m still green with envy. I am getting to travel in my motorhome…but it’s all work and no play this go round!!!

    Stay safe out there and rock on, judy

  28. Applegirl NY says:

    Wow, you sure have a lot going on in this post. Pictures are beautiful, as usual. I’ve had that experience when I went out to do something and once I got there I couldn’t take advantage of it because of a mood swing. You never know. It’s great that you’re so flexible.

    Nothing to eat…. sometimes my cupboard gets so bare I say I can’t even pretend I have food. You know when there’s no rice, pasta, crackers, bread or milk and not one fresh thing in the house, that you really need to break down and go to the grocery store. Then once you get home with your stash you feel the luxury of abundance.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It was really bad. I looked in the cupboard and found tea bags, brown sugar (for hot oatmeal of which I had none), popcorn, a can of beef broth (what the heck? I don’t eat beef and why broth?), about 15 strands of thin spaghetti pasta, and an empty box of unsalted saltines. Like you say, there’s no pretending!

  29. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    WOW….what an awe-inspiring place!!! The camper does spoil the view, though.
    Happy Trails!!!!
    Love you

  30. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    I hope you landed in a peaceful place, what with the holiday weekend coming up!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ladybug,

      It’s very peaceful right now. Whether it will remain that way, it’s hard to say. I think we’ll be okay.

  31. Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

    Breathtaking!! Such gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing with us. I am so glad you found fresh produce to load up on. Living in SE Louisiana where we have really long growing seasons, I forget that not all areas of our vast country are as lucky. You’ve expressed a crankiness at your surroundings a couple of times lately. Are you, perhaps, ready for a change of scenery? More green and lush maybe? I hope you find your inner compass and take us all to new places that will fill your mind and heart with joy and peace. Hugs and belly rubs for the pups, and prayers of safe travel for you all! Take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Retiredcajunlady. It’s fun sharing my photos with people who appreciate them.

      No, I’m not any crankier (new word?) than usual. It seems that way because I don’t mention all the times I’m truly happy and grateful for each day.

      As for being ready for a change of scenery, I get change all the time. 🙂

      I was thinking about that today in regards to trees. We went from ponderosa pines (Apache Creek) to pinyon pines (El Morro and Bluewater Lake) to ponderosa pines (Wheatfields Lake) to cottonwoods (Sand Island, Bluff) and now we’re in junipers and ponderosa pines again!

      I appreciate your concern and prayers for me and my crew.

      • Retiredcajunlady 'N LA says:

        Oh, I am so glad all is well with you and your travels. I have to say, selfishly, I would truly miss your blog with its spectacular pictures and commentary you give! You have a way of describing your surroundings that makes me see and feel and smell (I swear I could smell the fry bread taco!) what you have seen. You have a gift, and we are all blessed that you share it with us.

        I have often wondered if you have thought of or are planning to write a book about your travels? Or a coffee table pictorial book? Your writing style would lend itself well to either one. Just my thoughts each time I read your blog.

        Safe travels and open roads to you and the pups.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thank you for believing in me, in my ability to produce a good book. I have no plans for that at this time. I’ll keep the blog going.

  32. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    The drive (road) seems to be soothing. Nice scenery. Beautiful actually!

    No coffee, propane and too early for chicken! Yikes! Aren’t birds magical when they float in an airstream?

    Cute little trailer! And what exactly does Bridgee babee do to let you know it’s potty time?

    Have a wonderful, relaxed evening!

    Update on the ferals…two separate trips to the vets cuz one “turned inside out” when I tried to put her in the crate and escaped. Both Jules and I have war wounds. ? At the end of the day..all are feline leukemia negative and now reside in the main house. Everyone is getting along for the most part and everyone has found the potty box!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Great news on the ferals. Watch out for cat fever… You know about that. I admire you for all you’ve done for those cats and for what you continue to do.

      “And what exactly does Bridgee babee do to let you know it’s potty time?” Whimper and whine.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Thanks…the vet (a sweetie) was a bit concerned. I assured her..if I start hacking up hairballs I would seek medical attention! No seriously….I’ve dealt with humans with serious cooties…and lived to tell about it.

        Ahem excuse me feral girls…where am I supposed to sleep? They are fast asleep on the futon.

        A gal in Maple Valley…..we don’t play the in and out game…it’s one or the other….so far they want no part of going back outside.

        Pudgie is the mom, Cinjo and Munchkin are her kids.

        • Dawn in NC says:

          Hi Cinand jules. I hope you see this. I just wanted to let you know that you guys are amazing with your love and care of your ferals (soon to be domesticated)!

          • Cinandjules (NY) says:

            Thanks …but we are just one of the many blogorinos that love our fur kids!

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Huzzah! You get a merit badge and a purple heart. (and no floor bombs)

      Will they come and go? Or inside full time?

      Names yet?

    • weather says:

      Thanks for your update , that’s great! You must be so happy and relieved that the challenges and potential problems that you all faced went so well, I’m happy for you!

  33. Glenda in OZ! says:

    So pleased to see you back in Utah again. Of all the places you have been since I have been following, I think Utah fascinates me the most. Truly unique and beautiful Enjoy. Hugs to the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Glenda. I remember your comments during our time in Utah. I’m glad we’re back again.

  34. Tracy W (from WI for now, but as of Oct will be out and about, re-tracing much of your wanderings!) says:

    Hi RVSue & Crew and blogerinos 🙂

    you wrote: “Personally, I wouldn’t feel comfortable with the Best Little Trailer sitting next to one of the monuments, spoiling the view far and wide for everyone who visits. That’s me. You may feel differently, which is okay. Like I said, camping is allowed.”

    and I’m not disagreeing with you at all… but I have to confess something… I saw this pic when I was researching Alabama Hills google images and I was DELIGHTED when I saw the BLT and PTV… in fact I squealed a little bit “RV-SUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!”
    https://paintyourlandscape.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/img_7034.jpg

    You blended in perfectly with the landscape 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tracy W….

      You can see I was trying to hide. I could’ve camped right in the middle of that scene. Unlike Valley of the Gods where one can be seen for miles from all directions, Alabama Hills is much more closed in.

      In a matter of seconds the BLT/PTV could have been photoshopped or cropped into oblivion. Apparently LuAnn felt it added to the photo. It does give a reference on the size of the mountains.

      Thank you for pointing out the contradiction of my actions with my words.

      • DesertGinger says:

        Geez Louise you have to park somewhere! If you never want to be in a shot of beautiful scenery, then you have to never camp near beautiful scenery. That’s not fun!

      • AlanOutandAbout - Alpine AZ. says:

        That is a nice shot though, With Mt. Whitney directly above you.

      • Tracy W (from WI for now, but as of Oct will be out and about, re-tracing much of your wanderings!) says:

        I didn’t mean to point out any contradiction at all….. what I meant to point out is that I was absolutely delighted to see your camper there…. I felt an awe…. knowing that you were so blessed to be in that exact place at that exact time in the midst of that amazing beauty…. wow, wow, wow! That picture should be on the cover of some RV magazine or something. It’s an inspiration. Makes us all want to get up and get out there too. It let’s us know that there is a better alternative to those parking lots they call campgrounds. If you want to find beauty and nature it sure isn’t found in those parking lots at those $$$ prices.

        Your camp set up is adorable no matter where you park it!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand what you’re saying about the photo. I took the opportunity to give an explanation of the differences between that photo and the one I took at Valley of the Gods, for the understanding of other readers of this blog.

          “parking lots at those $$$ prices”… Amazing, isn’t it, that those are the only places some RVers ever know…

          Thanks for the kind comment, Tracy.

  35. Harl4me in Fl says:

    Hi Sue, crew and all the guests?,
    Just a quick note, only my second time to post but I love following your blog, the photos are always nice, but I especially like the dialog?, make a person feel almost along for the ride.
    I have a deposit on a 2004 17′ Bigfoot, going Monday for the rest of the systems checks.

    ChrisAnn

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, ChrisAnn,

      Good to see you here again… Wow! A Bigfoot! Great choice… I’m happy for you. 🙂

      Thanks for the feedback on my blog, specifically the inclusion of dialog. I’ll remember that.

  36. Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

    Good Morning RVSue and Blogarinos! You have outdone yourself with the pics in this post! Just fantastic. NO COFFEE!!! WHAT???? Not sure I would do well with no coffee in the morning. While I was on the road, someone recommended an app called ‘Allstays’. It has categories for everything including where to buy propane, which Walmart’s you can stay over night…on and on and on and on. BEST app ever. At the time, the one time cost was $9.99. You should give it a look see.

    • Carol in MT says:

      thanks for the Allstays suggestion! It’s the best of it’s kind I’ve seen. Will be using this on the road in the future.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Krystina,

      Thanks for the tip on Allstays. Trouble is… I’d have to charge my phone. Ha!

      It will take a lot for me to give up my old fashioned way of traveling. I like asking local residents where things are in their area or even hunting on my own. Makes for better stories here… 🙂

      I’m being silly… Good tip.

    • Debra (CO) says:

      Krystina, I looked at the Allstays app. It certainly has great reviews and seems to be very comprehensive. I like that the data is stored on the device so internet access not required (maps have to be downloaded). It is still $9.99. I think I will try it on my iPad. Thanks for mentioning it.

    • AlanOutandAbout - Alpine AZ. says:

      don’t need no stinking app – http://www.allstays.com/ 🙂

  37. MB from VA says:

    Good morning Sue and crew! I loved the pictures….can feel the expansiveness and warm dry air from here! 🙂 I know what you mean about the two Valley Of The Gods trips. Such an amazing place. Did you know that they filmed City Slickers 2 (among many others) there? I was driving through with my uncle and all of a sudden I cried out….”It’s the frozen people!” He had no idea what I meant but I looked it up when we got home and sure enough…it was filmed there. BTW, my uncle lived in that area for 9 months in his Blazer! Rusty reminds me a lot of him. But that big camper…..while it is allowed, does take away the ancient feeling that place inspires. Like when I am in a place “I just know no one has ever been”……and see an old soda can…. And thank you for the info about that trailer! I am still torn between a van, making a camper for my 4×4 F150 or a trailer. I will look that one up and add it to my list of possibles. Someone is coming to look at the farm today so it could get “real” very soon. This family would be serious. I am excited and scared to death too. But a little uncertainty and excitement are good for me. I tell myself that I can take a chance and go for it….or not……either is OK. But the scenes like the ones you have posted wiggle their way into my fearful thoughts…..and WIN every time! Your blog has kept the dream alive and for that I thank you very much. Have a great day! Hay on the ground here…..finally!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I enjoyed your newsy comment, MB!

      No, I didn’t know about the movie…. And I identify with thinking one is in a pristine place only to look down and see a Bud Lite can (almost always it’s a discarded container for alcohol).

      Big day today for you! I hope what is meant to be moves along smoothly. If this is the farm for them, that they are able to obtain it. And if this is the time for you to move on, that you are able to do so with no obstacles too big to overcome. Good luck! Very exciting indeed!

      • MB from VA says:

        Thank you! Me too. This is not just a farm. It’s more of an estate really. It was first settled in 1758. There are almost 200 acres, three homes, hay, cow and horse fields, stable, hay barn, shop….and a river! When my friend told me that a client had a “cabin on a farm” to rent…..uhhhhh……this was NOT what I had in mind at all! I am so very fortunate to live and work here. (I live in the little 4 room guest cottage.) But there are other “fortunes” awaiting….I just know it. 🙂

  38. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy back in SoFlo for ... says:

    The beauty and humor of your posts never cease to amaze me. The landscape is astounding, and I love the way you share your thoughts and those of the crew. I will go to these places, I will, I will.

    The calander continues to move closer to our departation day. I still have some papers and things to discard but time pressures are making those decisions easier. I have a few more things to prepare on my trailer too, but that list is getting shorter too, for now. I think Tommie has finally settled his stomach to the new food and the addition of a little chicken helps his appetite. Buddy adapts to where ever I am, given clean litter, water and kibble spells contentment for him. He has turned out to be the most flexible of my crew, who knew? I am thinking of starting a blog so friends and family can keep up with my whereabouts. Oh and I decided to give myself a bon voyage party, a simple gathering of friends. So the process continues…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa,

      Funny how “pressures are making those decisions easier.” We often complain about pressure, but without it we’d have to come up with motivation all by ourselves. 🙂

      Good for your lil’ Buddy! He’s a natural vagabond . . .

      Best wishes as you consider blogging and also as you plan that party!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Hi Lisa, I have a “Buddy” also; he is sleeping behind me and taking up 3/4 of my? computer chair. 🙂

      • Lisa, Tommie and Buddy back in SoFlo for ... says:

        I figure Buddy is about eighty years old. He gets to sleep canywhere he wants to except on the kitchen counter.

  39. Hoot says:

    Hi, RVSue.
    I am a new reader of your blog, and I love it. Your writing style is engaging and fun to read. And, you are an inspiration to me. We are in the beginning stages of planning our escape to RV full-time living. I am looking forward to this but in the meantime, I escape through your posts.
    Thanks so much for all the stories and info.
    Hoot
    hootshighway.com

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, Hoot! Thank you for the nice note. I wish you well as you go through the process of transitioning from a stationary home to one with wheels. I hope we hear from you again, Blogorino!

    • Mick'nTN says:

      Buddy, (read post above) came from the Crossville animal rescue.

  40. Thanks for calling the Micro Lite to our attention. Very nifty little camper. I love seeing how varied and innovative small campers can be. I like how it seems there is something for everybody.

  41. DesertGinger says:

    Love the micro lite! The backpacker 2 is nice but wouldn’t want an outdoor kitchen…too hot in the desert. But I think I will probably end up with some sort of van. Hopefully. If I ever get my tax mess sorted. But I think the micro lite is a great idea, providing a more reasonably priced camper option. And I, for one, wouldn’t want a bunch of built in stuff. I like the microliter cargo extreme. You have your kitchen, your air conditioner, a drop down table….and beyond that I would want a porta potty and my recliner. And the dog bed. That’s all I need. Well, a folding chair for the table. Place to sit and eat or use computer. Recliner for reading or sleeping. Kitchen to make food. I’m set. You can even have a 10 gallon water tank,, which is adequate to wash hair and sponge bath for a few days. I would want to add whatever is necessary for solar power with Micks help. I never have a lot of dishes as I use paper and plastic a lot. Sorry conservationists. Yes I produce waste but I conserve water.

    Feeling slightly better each day…getting a bit of energy back. That’s very exciting. Working on my remaining Knife certifications. So much to do, so little time!

    Hope everyone is good.

    • Krystina ~ Sutton, Vermont says:

      Happy, happy, happy to hear you are feeling a bit better….whoo hooo!

    • Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

      I’m as “green” as it gets, I think, but you more than balance using paper plates by heating and cooling that small a space, using solar, consuming less materials to make your RV and, in the case of trailer, towing much less weight and bulk.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You sound great, Ginger. 🙂

  42. rvsueandcrew says:

    NOTE REGARDING RECENT COMMENTS:

    I deleted a few comments because I’d rather not have a thread started that could easily become contentious. I never intended the identity of the owners of the RV in the photo to be revealed. There are a gazillion white fifth wheels pulled by dark-colored trucks.

    Thank you for understanding why I took this action. Please, no follow-up comments.

    Sue

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