Wandering a wash in the desert Southwest

The crew and I walk the wash that runs by our camp.


The colors of the desert are subdued in winter.

The ground is a mixture of crunchy sand and loose rocks.


The curved, green branches of an ocotillo (right side) seem to point, “Go that way.”

This morning I make several attempts to write a blog post without success. 

Thus the walk.  I hope a few photographs will break through the writer’s block, much like water rushing through a desert wash in spring, pushing debris out of the way at it goes.  The day’s light is not good for photos.  Oh well, every day isn’t a picture postcard either.


Gee, it’d be nice to spot a gold nugget washed down from the mountains. Would I keep it or turn it over to the possessor of the mineral rights?  Hmm . . .

Not only is winter light in the desert challenging.  The sparse vegetation and flat landscape are tough, too, especially for a beginner photographer like me.

Spike’s arthritis causes him to limp.


We walk by several ocotillo.  I’m surprised to find one with a flower.

I try to strike a balance between keeping him limber with exercise and not pushing him too hard.   He often lags behind Bridget and me.  We stop to give him time to catch up.

Sometimes it’s his own fault he’s behind us, because he takes detours.  He goes over to investigate a campsite.  Fortunately no one is home.  Their toy-hauler door is open revealing an empty interior.  That’s okay, Spikey.  Sniff all you want.  You aren’t bothering anybody.  Not like some people . . .

I very much want to rant about people racing around this area on their combustion engines, making dust blow over campsites and disturbing the peace for at least a half-mile in all directions, but I’m going to control myself.  I’m not going to grumble about the fact that Imperial Dunes Recreation Area is just up the road, but, no, they have to play around  where people camp.

Okay, where was I?  Oh, the walk . . .

I frequently check Spike’s gait and general disposition when we take long walks.  He’s limping, but he seems to be enjoying himself.


I wish I could make Spikey young again.

Spike’s coat provides good camouflage in the desert.  Sometimes it takes a while for me to spot him.  Hmm . . . Maybe if Spike lived in snow country, his coat would whiten like the coat of a snowshoe hare in winter.


The white speck behind the tree is our home.  The white speck in the wash is my sweet girl.

No desert camouflage for the Bridge!


Spike is probably thinking about the water dish waiting for him.

This morning I stumbled upon a blog with photos that might interest you vintage trailer fans . . . .

The photos are of a 1934 Bowlus Papoose travel trailer decorated 1930s style.  Click on the link and scroll down:  1934 Bowlus Papoose travel trailer  According to the blog, there are only four in existence today.


“Not much further. . . C’mon, you can do it.”

Did you get some ideas for meals from the previous post’s comments?

Wow!  Maybe I should turn this blog over to my readers more often!  If you haven’t looked at that comment section lately, you might want to take another look to make sure you saw it all.   Warning:  You will get hungry!

It would be good to write down “rvsue comments on 1/18/14” somewhere, maybe in a cookbook, so in the future you’ll know where to locate all the tried-and-true recipes, suggestions for kitchen tools and appliances, and cooking tips and techniques.   Thanks for participating.  It was fun!

I can’t think of a better place to be right now.

It’s the middle of January and the daytime high temps in the Yuma area are in the low to mid-seventies, nighttime lows in the low to mid-forties . . . perfect!  We’ve had a few windy days, but overall it’s been calm and warm.

And then there are the sunsets. 

Every evening a different show . . .


I aimed the camera at the sun as it appeared through a break in the clouds.

Tomorrow the crew and I are going into town.  I have more goodies to pick up at the UPS customer center!



Here are a few examples of recent purchases:

ALEKO® All Black 30-Watt Polycrystalline Solar Panel
Pure Protein Ready to Drink Shake 35 Grams Protein, Frosty Chocolate
2x4basics Flip Top BenchTable
Brinkmann 4 Step Pet Steps
Celestron 70mm Travel Scope
Sleep Innovations 12-Inch SureTemp Memory Foam Mattress 20-Year Warranty, Cal King


Shoshone National Forest near Brooks Lake, northwest of Dubois, Wyoming

July 22, 2012


Moose with baby

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110 Responses to Wandering a wash in the desert Southwest

  1. Alan Rabe says:

    Hey, I am first. When ever I am in an area that doesn’t have any thing in particular to photograph I try to find an all encompassing shot that captures the feeling of the scene. All though not everything or place is photogenic. Ansel Adams once said if he could get 1 great image a month he was happy.

    Supposed to be in the low 30’s this coming week for a couple days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      Where is it “supposed to be in the low 30s this coming week for a couple days” ??
      I hope nowhere around here!

      Ansel Adams had the luxury of not having to put up photos for a blog several times a month! (Okay, I admit he wouldn’t have had any trouble doing so. Sheesh)

  2. Sierra Foothill Mama says:

    First, and I read the post before I checked.

    • Sierra Foothill Mama says:

      Rats! Almost first.

      • Alan Rabe says:

        I read the post first also. No cheaters here. People who post before reading should be banned for a week. 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Don’t forget to click on the link to the vintage trailer. Love the little curtains and the sock monkeys. Oh yeah, and the trailer, too.

      • Carolyn says:

        lol… why is it important to be first? I see this quite often … is there a prize?

        • Lacy says:

          Yes, the prize is you and 3 of your favorite family members or friends get to spend a week in the BLT w/ Sue and the Crew!

          Sorry Sue, I couldn’t resist 😉

          JUST KIDDING FOLKS!!!!

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            If you can catch us heading down the road . . . 🙂

            • Lacy says:

              If I EVER saw you, I would wave FRANTICALLY, but I would never chase after you. Promise 😉

              When we see a Casita, my first thought is always “MAYBE THAT’S…………nah…….” – knowing darn well you’re far far away from where we are!

          • Chuck says:

            And second prize is 2(two)weeks with RVSUE and Crew!!!!!…….just kidding, Sue,I’ll go away now….

  3. Roger in SoCal. says:

    hi Sue I hope to be down in that area tomorrow to go to the RV show.


  4. Val Roberts says:

    Hi Sue, we had a dog stroller for our 2 old dogs…we still have it packed away. Wonder if Spike would ride in one. Getting close to our build date.. I will post the link when it is done. Keep well.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Val,

      Please do post a link. I’d love to see it and I bet readers will, too.

      Spike’s a pretty adaptable guy and, if the day comes when he can’t walk very much or very well, I bet he’d accept being pushed around. We’re not at that point yet.

  5. DeAnne in TN says:

    Thanks for the link to the Bowlus Papoose–I love it. Some of the comments about it on the site were interesting, and many seemed to be from people who don’t rv at all. It’s very interesting to me that the designs (and interior space) seem to be going full-circle; i.e. T@b trailers and teardrop trailers. Thanks again for sharing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, DeAnne,

      You’re welcome. I read some of the comments, too. One person said re aerodynamics that the tongue was on the wrong end. Of course, people didn’t think much about gas mileage in those days.

      • Rose in AR says:

        Wow, just checked on the Papoose. It sold in Scottsdale, AZ this weekend for $101,000 +. That’s a lot of Papoose!
        Been a reader since you started, RVsue, mostly a lurker ’cause someone always says what I was going to say. Thoroughly enjoy your blog, first one I read each evening.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Rose,

          The Papoose is adorable in its own way. I wouldn’t say it’s $101,000+ adorable though, but what do I know.

          Glad you dropped by with a few words. Thank you for being a long-time reader of my blog and for putting me first!

          • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

            I too saw that the sale was in the last couple days and went to the company site to see the price. That’s pretty pricey for what eventually became an Airstream, but with no plumbing? But on your link did you see that 1958 Chevy in the sidebar that they are asking $10,900 for it. Look at the photos. OMG… all of the good parts have already been cannibalized… I’m amazed at the prices of these old cars. If only I had kept my first car… the 1956 chevy belair…

  6. Diane, Blue Ridge Mts. VA says:

    Sue, I do not see you as a beginner photographer, you have taken some amazing shots! Keep it up and you will grow with leaps and bounds. I believe it is mainly in the way you see things, your subjects, and light is the key.
    I know what it feels like to see your little dog grow old…as they do, they become so much more loving and want to be close with you all the time, I found that “Rimadyl ” helped my dog a great deal with arthritis.
    Take Care Sue and Crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diane,

      Thank you for kind words about my photography. You’re right… Light is the key. It was kind of a dreary day today. A great technical photographer would compensate for that with settings on the camera. Me, I have to rely totally on nature’s light!

      You’re right about aging dogs becoming more affectionate. Spike never used to let me hold him, now he does. I’ve had some experience giving Rimadyl. It makes some, not all, dogs aggressive and I think its effectiveness wears away with time (unless I’m thinking of something else). I don’t think Spike needs it yet. I do have pain killer pills for nights he seems achy while trying to go to sleep.

      BTW, I’m the human spellchecker (with help from google). Former teacher, don’t mind doing it.

      • Darci says:

        Hi Sue,
        I am a single woman full-time RVer too, with two dogs – one chihuahua rat terrier mix, and the other a small cocker. I find the dog stroller is absolutely awesome when I can’t leave them in the vehicle on hot days. I have the one with the hood over top, then I toss a small baby blanket over top and away we go. No one knows they are in there. The other thing that has made a WORLD of difference for my older cocker with arthritis is putting him on Glyco Flex III. It is a combination of glucosamine and some herbs. Much cheaper to buy online. Got him walking with pep again very quickly and hopping up on things again. Anyway, I hope this info is useful somehow. 🙂 Take good care.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Thanks, Darci.

          If I shopped in real stores more often, I would get the stroller for the crew. I appreciate hearing another option for treating Spike’s arthritis.

  7. Pam Wright says:

    I can’t over how green the ocotilla are with everything else very dull. It was that area last year where I saw my first green ocotilla!

    I knew Spike’s beige fur coloring would come in handy one day. Hope he’s feeling better:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam,

      I can’t quite figure out ocotillo. Click on the small photo of the flower and you’ll see that there aren’t any leaves. Yet there are several ocotillo around here that are covered with fresh green leaves with no flowers.

      Spike is doing fine. He just completed his nightly rounds and hopped inside. I’m going to tuck him in.

      • Chuck says:

        Ocotillo have no rhyme or reason on blooming or leafing out. The ones we had all bloomed and leafed out at different times of whatever season was convenient for them. But they are beautiful!

  8. Lacy says:

    Regarding your previous post with all those delicious recipes, I was thinking the same thing when I was reading it: “I need to make a note of the date so I can refer back to all of this”. Besides all the ‘typical’ camp food, there were some very interesting ideas in there! That was a great idea to ask readers to participate.

    Writers Block? YOU? Never. (we just won’t allow it!)

    Warm hugs sent to you and the Crew 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lacy,

      Yes, make a note of the date! Funny how I wondered if readers would participate. I never should doubt you! You always come through for me. 🙂

      Appreciate those hugs.. .

  9. Linda says:

    Will UPS be open tomorrow? MLK holiday.

  10. What a GORGEOUS image of the Octotillo flower! I got a few nice shots of some Octotillo back in Kofa, but none with flowers! Super find! Speaking of Kofa….(clears throat), I miss the almost perfect peace and quiet there. I just knew it was one of my favorites for good reason. I had to leave Q for Ehrenberg in the middle of RTR as their was too much traffic on the towers to successfully teach my online classes.

    I found a sweet spot in Ehrenberg…..until, the WEEKENDERS showed up complete with dust, loud machinery, fireworks and music, and keeping us up late with them (around 11:30 pm)…and I’m a about a 1/2 of a mile away from them. I endured and stayed, though, I had considered a few times going back to Kofa.

    I am thankful for many things as they did seem to stick to their area, save for one adventurer that drove by my rig last night. I think my little road is too rocky for their machinery or something. It doesn’t seem to be a popular road for them, thankfully. After I get some mail I’m expecting here, I may just go back to Kofa. I was actually going to ask you if you had any tips on avoiding the loudness of the “weekenders” with dust and loud machinery. I don’t want to offend others on here that may ride ATV’s. I respect people’s choice with that, but, it would be great for folks to have “their spot” to do that, have fun, enjoy life, and I have my spot with peace, quiet, solitude and connection with nature. Something to make everyone happy and keep the peace. I was wondering if parks like Kofa, that are National Wildlife Preserves are a good place to avoid the hubbub. Do you know? I’d love to know the tricks of the trade and avoid pitfalls of sleepless nights, if possible. LOL. Most of the time, I’ve been fortunate in these past 8 months for this to not really be much of an issues. The occasional, sporadic ATV is no big deal. But hoards with reckless noise. Hmmm. Would love to master avoiding that scenario again, if possible. Warm wishes to you and crew and others reading this. ; )

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Gloria,

      Oh, me. I wish I had a great solution for avoiding the dust and noise and destruction of inconsiderate ATVers, but I don’t have one. You can get away from them at wildlife refuges like Kofa.

      I know there are people who try their best to be considerate when riding around the desert on various machines, although I’ve yet to hear a quiet one.

      A large proportion of the ATVers I’ve seen, once they sit on their machines, are inconsiderate of other people and the environment. And when they travel in packs, pack behavior takes over.

      If more restrictions are placed on ATVers, oh, how they will holler! And I’ll be laughing, thinking “serves you right.”

      You made a lot of sense with your statement: “I respect people’s choice with that, but, it would be great for folks to have “their spot” to do that, have fun, enjoy life, and I have my spot with peace, quiet, solitude and connection with nature.”

      Yes, they DO have places set aside for them to race around on their noisy engines. But that’s not enough! They’d rather go all over the place with no concern that some people camp in the desert to get away from noise, pollution, and stupid people.

      (Anyone who doesn’t like hearing the truth plainly stated here on my blog, well, I invite you to bite yourself.)

      I don’t have any tips for avoiding rowdy weekenders either other than trying to find a place they’re unlikely to frequent. Absence of beer cans and bottles lying about is a good sign.

      Good luck, Gloria!

  11. klbexplores says:

    I enjoyed seeing the vintage trailer as I travel in a vintage trailer also. I also went back and posted a link on yesterdays post to my Thermal cooker and a receipe that I have cooked. The link gives more basics about using a thermal cooker. In 4 months of full timing I only used $22 worth of propane with some use of the heater also. Not bad I would say.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, klbexplores,

      $22 of propane over four months is good! To put it in context, where did you camp and what time of year?

      Very informative comment at the end of the last post’s comment section. . . also interesting and helpful blog post with great photos of your thermal cooking. Thanks! I appreciate you adding so much value to my blog.

      • klbexplores says:

        I was traveling May through August in the Pacific Northwest. So many nights still required some heat for comfort. Other than that it was all cooking. Thanks I really do like the thermal cooker as it is great to come home from hiking and dinner be done!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          My fridge runs on propane, as well as the hot water heater. I notice it helps the fridge cut down on propane consumption if I keep that side of the BLT shaded in sunny, warm locales.

  12. Don in Okla. says:

    Hi Sue
    Regarding vintage trailers and camping, if you are ever in Amarillo, TX, stop by the Jack Sizemore Traveland RV Museum at 4341 Canyon Drive. It is a small museum but is really nice with quite a few exhibits. And the last time I was there, the admission is free.
    Thank you so very much for your blog. I am still reading your vintage blogs from the beginning. I only read a couple a night so I can make them last longer. Take care.
    Don in Okla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Don.

      I like the way you read my blog like it’s a box of fine chocolates! Eating only a few at a time . . . 🙂 I also like the phrase “vintage blogs” as if they’re exquisite bottles of wine kept in the cellar. Ha! That puts a great spin on my rambling nonsense!

      Thanks for the info on the museum. I probably won’t be in that area anytime soon. However, several of my readers are Texans and travel that way.

      You take care, too!

  13. Bill from NC says:

    Hey Sue I have used Glucosamine and MSM on old broodmares with arthritus so bad they had difficulty getting up in the winter. It does wonders! It takes a while to kick in but after a few weeks you will see a big difference in Spike. I have taken horses and dogs off it and they gradually go back to lame. It eithrr helps a lot or not at all, some animals and people just dont respond. You can also give him a baby aspirin each day to relieve the inflamation. Be sure its coated and give it with food. Later in life you can give a regular strength aspirin but once again coated. Hope this helps, Bill

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bill,

      I have been giving Spike glucosamine, probably not in a high enough dosage. It doesn’t make a discernible difference in Spike, but then how can I really tell? Maybe he’d be a lot worse without it.

      I was in a feed store in Washington state and overheard a conversation between the manager/cashier and a customer, the latter obviously distressed over her aging dog’s severe arthritis. The manager suggested glucosamine in the form and dosage usually given to horses. She remarked that the tablets and supplements for dogs probably are not strong enough for the woman’s dog.

      I briefly entered the conversation as politely as I could and asked if there would be deleterious side effects, like harm to the liver or something. She said that could happen, and added that it would take a while for that to occur and in the meantime the dog’s suffering would be lessened. So I nodded and backed off.

      I do have some coated baby aspirin for Spike. I’m unsure of the dosage. I hear of people giving a baby aspirin (81 mg.) to their dogs and the dogs are twice the weight and size of Spike. I guess I can assume it doesn’t matter that much with aspirin . . .

      • Bill from NC says:

        Hey Sue. I read a bunch of other advice about meds for Spike. There are many routes to take with any degenerative condition. The recipe for improvement of a pets life function varies from one individual to another. I would avoid nsaids and save them for later on when they r really needed. Of course baby aspirin is a nsaid but very low level. Plus aspirin has many other positive attributes. That said I would kerp Spike on Glucosamine and add MSM and others to see if a cocktail is the answer. Glucosamine will not harm his liver. Have a grand day! Bill

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Sorry to be dense… What is MSM?

          • Bill from NC says:

            MSM is a white crystalline form of DMSO. They r basically a oxygenated for of sulfur. DMSO has long been a antiinflamatory used by vets by injection and topical treatment. Its used for everything from life threatening founder to sore muscles. MSM is easier to put in food and way less messy. Its available from Tractor Supply or online at Jeffers Vet Supply. Its expensive but goes a long way. Good luck and keep walking Spike, its very good to keep him exercising.

  14. Cinandjules says:

    Greetings from still snowy NY. The forecast is minus 10.

    Love Bridget’s side sit….what a precious girl! Spike probably has to mark every bush as he walks by it!

    The papoose looks like 1/2 of an airstream. I wonder how airstreams do in the AZ sun? Does their exterior absorb the sun or reflect?

    I love the vintage “canned hams” and Serro Scotty’s. Cute little trailers….

    ATV & HOV country? Oh dear…..We are all to familiar with inconsiderate ATVers and snowmobilers. People tend to lose their minds/manners once they venture away from their homes.

    Have a great evening !

    • Cinandjules says:

      Talk about losing their minds…..morning news up here in the north country.

      Snowmobiler rides across the train track and gets stuck. He tries to free the snowmobile….a train is approaching….sees him, blows the horn and applies the brakes. He struggles harder …..trying to free up the machine …until he is hit!

      In this case he lost more than his mind!

      I just don’t get it….at least once a week someone doing something dumb….ends up dying.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Was it Forrest Gump who said “Stupid is as stupid does?” I often think the same thing as I read the news online… Almost every day there’s an account of someone losing their life or the life of a loved one because of stupidity, usually in the form of recklessness.

      Yeah, one thing you never should mess with is a moving train . . . . I feel sorry for the conductor of that train. Not something easily forgotten.

      I’ve wondered about the exterior of Airstreams in the desert. Maybe someone with experience will let us know. HELLOOO? AIRSTREAM PEOPLE???

      Minus ten. . . That’s not good. . . which I’m sure you know. 🙂

  15. AZ Jim says:

    Another good read Sue. I felt so much empathy at your one comment “I wish I could make Spike young again”. If you recall many months ago I told you that was why we didn’t have another dog or cat. I have lived through the heartbreak of losing them too many times to do it again. I’m just like you in that they aren’t just dogs to me, they are just as important as any human. I have been disappointed by humans many times in my over 3/4 century life but never by my pets for any intentional act against me. I always consoled myself that for every day I had my pet, they got the best I could provide for them. I know I always gave them happy lives while I had them. That is what you are doing.

    • Cinandjules says:

      Well said AZ Jim.

      If pets could have the lifespan of humans…….their unconditional love is truly heartfelt.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I know you give a wonderful life of comfort, love, and companionship to all your pets, Cindy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I agree. My experience has been similar to yours, Jim. People can be very cruel.

      In hindsight I wish I skipped both husbands and got a dog instead.

      Yeah, the heartbreak of losing a pet is tough. I’m steeling myself already. One of the many good things about taking a dog (or cat) off death row is to know that every day from that point on is your gift to them.

  16. Krystina McMorrow says:

    Wow…yesterday’s recipe post was super. I don’t cook anything with more then 3 ingredients in it! Poor Spike. It must be hard for you to watch him limp and know he is in pain. A Nikken Magnetic Pet Pad would be really good for him. I sleep on a magnetic mattress and wear insoles that have magnets in them and they are really good for my back pain. Yesterday I had my last Estate sale! Taking the remaining stuff to a thrift store tomorrow. Closing is this Friday. Yeah oh yeah. Now it is time to shop for my RV.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, Krystina! You are moving right along. Congratulations on your house closing!

      Thank you for the suggestion re the magnetic pet pad. Here is one of my Amazon links:

      PetPad Large 48″ X 30″ KenkoTM

      (I removed the link to nikken from your comment as it is a commercial site and a competitor with Amazon. Gotta’ keep the Amazon robots happy!)

      Have fun shopping for the perfect RV for you and how you plan to camp!

    • Alan Rabe says:

      Can you walk up metal walls or go thru construction sites and collect nails? 🙂 🙂

  17. Dawn on Camano Island says:

    Good morning, Sue! My Mom is an artist & I know she would take photos just like yours & paint from the photo later. I think the mood in your photos is quite ethereal–and I think my Mom would agree.

    I think it must be very beneficial for Spike that you continue to take him for walks–he certainly seems to enjoy them. He’ll let you know when they’re no longer fun for him. What a trooper he is–and Bridget too!

    Thank you for your suggestion to write down yesterday’s comments. Done! Enjoy your day; the weekenders should be packing up & heading home soon. There’s another long weekend in February when you’ll probably have more of the v-v-v-room! Until then, enjoy the peace & quiet.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Good morning to you, too! I hope to paint some of my photos, too. . . maybe not in this chapter of my life, but in the next one (off the road). I’ve been experimenting with taking photos that look like paintings. Maybe I’ll show one in a future post.

      I do believe the walks are good for Spike. He’s a bit lame upon rising each morning or after a nap, but that lessens as he moves around.

      Yes! I hope all my readers who cook (or like to eat) will jot down the date of the post with all those great tips and recipes. . . “recipes on rvsue’s blog — 1/17/14.”

  18. Julie says:

    I’ve never commented before, but I love your photos, so I do read it regularly. I am prompted to write for Spike’s sake. I’ve been a veterinary technician since the 70’s, an herbalist since the 80’s and a lifetime animal lover. The best arthritis product ever for dogs, cats and horses is Cetyl M. I’ve used them all, but Cetyl M is the best result with the least amount of effort. My old dogs would look forward to their Cetyl M tablet like it was the best dog cookie ever. No idea how bad Spike’s arthritis is, but I’ve had some dogs act like kids again. My last oldest horse could barely walk without it, but with it would lope and even buck a little again! Amazon carries it. It isn’t the cheapest product, just the best and frankly I’ll go without something to keep my family (pets and humans) healthy and comfortable.

    Thanks for blogging RVSue. Appreciate the time and effort it takes!
    Julie aka thebossmare

  19. Julie says:

    Spike will be a different dog! It could take a month for you to notice a big difference, but my experience has been about a week to notice improvement and two weeks for a huge improvement. Do go with the double dose to get the blood serum level up and faster response. If you run out and he goes without it for any length of time, he will go back to the old arthritis pain previous to Cetyl M. You’ll soon be trying to keep up with Spike again! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m convinced and very hopeful! I’m going to order some today and I’ll do as you say… double dose to jump start. Oh, it would be wonderful to have Spike limber again!

  20. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Hi Sue,
    We give our 15 year old dog Tanya, Metacam, an NSAID the vet prescribed. It’s expensive, but if you get the scrip from the vet you can get it filled for about 1/2 what it costs at the vet’s office. She tolerates it well and frolics like a pup again!

    • Marcia GB in MA says:

      I should have added “get it filled at Walmart or Walgreen’s”. It should be about $25 for a months supply.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia… Good info. I’m going to try the Cetyl M that Julie recommended (above) first and see how Spike responds to it. Looks like I’ll be placing another Amazon order!

      I’m happy for your pup, that you found something that works . . . Thanks for sharing another option for me and readers.

      • Cinandjules says:

        We use cosequin daily. They have formulas for cats and dogs. There is also dasuquin that my sister uses on her dog. It’s a capsule that you open and sprinkle on their food.
        You can put a small amount of warm water on Spike’s food to make a gravy. Like glucosamine it takes awhile to build up in his system.

        The buffered aspirin or coated aspirin is good for their stomach lining but is too harsh on their livers…..same for humans.

        Just thought I’d throw another product into your search.

      • Krystina McMorrow says:

        Hi again. I take cetyl myristoleate (a product called Joint) for my knee. I WILL VOUCH FOR HOW FABULOUS IT IS!!!!! I needed a knee replacement and now I don’t….really….Girl Scouts Honor! It has been four years now and it is all good.

    • Cinandjules says:


      My SA was on Metacam for a short time after her surgery last year. I always always always make it a point to research any drugs I give my dog or cats. You may want to read the client information sheet for it.

      My sister’s dog is on dasequan and metacam…long term. She is checked monthly to see if it is affecting her liver / kidney function. I personally am totally against treating a non life threatening condition with a medication that can cause problems down the road.

      BTW…..My sister buys it at Costco pharmacy 180ml for 85.

  21. Geri Moore says:

    Well darn, I was late in reading the blog re: camp recipies…. but I added a couple of breakfast ones and my favorite green chili enchilada one that we shared in Zion. Maybe somebody will see them! Been visiting old friends in my hometown of Winter Haven FL! Tomorrow we will head to Lake Kissimmee State Park, we could only get 3 nights there.
    I miss seeing the ocotillo! Wonder if it would/could grow in Florida? They are easy to transplant, just take cuttings and stick into the ground and keep damp for a few months! I got a couple started in my yard in T or C NM that way! Good photos Sue, now I am going back to take a look at vintage trailer. I got interupted by a visitor earlier and closed it before I got a chance to check it out! Love to you and crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Geri,

      I did wonder why you hadn’t contributed a recipe or two. I’m glad you caught that post and added yours. I haven’t read them yet, but I’ll go back and take a look. Thanks!

      I’ve walked all around and that’s the only ocotillo bloom I’ve found. I think you and Chuck will enjoy looking at the Papoose trailer. Cute! And all those vintage cars in the sidebar . . .

      Enjoy Lake Kissimmee!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I saw your recipe! That is a delicious dish. I remember having two big helpings. 🙂

      Linda Goudelock wrote about her variation of the same enchilada dish.

      And also, Din Milem added instructions for “ziploc omelet.”

      I’m beginning to think RVSue needs to write a cookbook, and the gal is not that great of a cook. Haha!

  22. Pen row says:

    Sue, can you put the recipe blog on the right side of your blog page? Especially helpful with all the equipment tie in. This is a page to go back to often. Thanks pen

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good idea, Pen . . . I’ll try to do that. May take me a while to get to it. Thanks for the suggestion.

      LATER. . . The link to recipes is in the sidebar!

  23. Mary (MN) says:

    Sue I am so envious of the temps there.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I can understand your envy, Mary. I realize I am extremely fortunate to be able to wear short sleeved shirts, sandals, etc. in the middle of January.

  24. Marilu, Northern Ca. says:

    Hi Sue and crew,
    We’ve been camping in a dead spot internet-wise so I wasn’t able to add my recipe suggestion in a timely manner so I’m going to tell you about it here. This is for a breakfast for a crowd or just one or two.

    (Don’t say yuck and stop reading. This is delish and fun.)
    Boil a pot of water. Big pot for a crowd. Smaller pot for one or two.

    You need one quart size Ziplock freezer bag for each person.
    Break one or two eggs into the bag and zip shut. Squish them up thoroug,ly.
    Now add a little of all the things you like in your omelette.
    This is a great way to use leftovers. Diced onion, pepper, ham, bacon, cheese, fresh spinach, salsa, olives, etc. are some possibilities.
    Squish together a little and smooth the air out of the bag and zip
    shut tightly. Use a magic marker to put your name on the bag you made. Drop all the sealed bags into the boiling water at one time and boil for approximately 13 minutes..The time depends on the fullness of the bag, the number of bags and the altitude. When the eggs look set, remove the bags with tongs and slide out the omellette onto a plate. Kids and adults get a big kick out of this and there is no messy pan to clean up.

    If you are feeding more than eight people, use two big pots of water.

  25. wheelingit says:

    Awww…..the crew are just too cute for words.

    By the way, going back to something we talked about while we were in Yuma it seems you can camp for free in WA at the WDFW sites (at least all the ones that allow camping). All you need to have is the “Discover Pass”. We may be trying some of these sites when we head up there this summer:



    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great to know, Nina! Thanks for sharing. I’m sure you figured this out, but do check each one individually to see if camping is allowed. I wish I’d known of the site when we were in Washington.

      And, of course, there are the national forests. We camped along the Tieton. Next time we go to Washington I want to camp along the American. I’m becoming a “collector” of rivers. 🙂 Thanks again . . . from the “lovely” RVSue. (!)

  26. Wendy says:

    Hello Sue,
    Love your blog! Never a dull one! Pictures are great! Always learning something! You could always put a recipes tab at top by shopping links, money, etc.. that we can all go/add too :)!! Just a thought, link on side works also! And just so you know I (as well as I’m sure lots of others) appreciate you taking the time out of your day to write this blog and making us laugh, cry, angry, you know all the emotions and especially LEARN! I am sure there are days you wish you never started but I am especially grateful you did! Keep up the great work!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Wendy,

      Good job reading my emotions regarding this blog! It has the same effect on me . . . “laugh, cry, angry.”

      I thought about adding a recipe page and then reined myself in. I don’t need to add another facet of my blog requiring maintenance right now. I, at least, should finish the one remaining incomplete financial report (Oct) for 2013 before making another thing to update and edit. The link will do for now.

      I’ve said this to a lot of my readers. However, I sincerely mean what I say each time I say it . . . I love that you love my blog!

  27. Heather Jopling says:

    Hi Sue,

    Poor Spike,saw my big old dogs like that.Has Glucosamine been mentioned,I gave my old girl that and I could notice the difference,the winter was harder on them.I take Glucosamine and sure know when I dont.The vets/pet stores have dog Glucosamine

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Heather,

      I appreciate you caring enough about Spike to write a recommendation for him. He presently takes glucosamine and I haven’t discerned an improvement.

  28. barb says:

    Hi Sue we’ll be heading to Ogilby soon maybe we’ll run onto each other at some point. We were in thedunes and i hear ya…they should be racing there it’s not that far. Love your blog

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      It looks like the dunes would be more exciting to ride on, and people can camp there, too. I think the people here want to ride across the flat area where folks camp to go over to the mountains and the mine and then, as long as they’re sitting on an engine, might as well drive fast and make dust in the process.

      Glad you love my blog!

  29. MK Reed says:

    I second the Cetyl M type supplement, I used it on my old gumper JRT and it really made a difference in his quality of life for his last years. But when he was 15 1/2 he developed cancer and I spent the rest of our time together giving him all the bad stuff he loved so he waddled across the rainbow bridge ( worked very hard to keep him svelte during his life for health reasons). I think you will be surprised in the difference it will make for him. Go Spikester!

    Love the photos, even though the lite wasn’t what you would like, it gives us an idea that not every day in the SW is picture perfect.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, MK,

      I’m very hopeful that Spike will experience improvement.

      I appreciate your understanding re: my photos. I could’ve “doctored” them with Picasa, boosted the color and increased the contrast and all that stuff but that can give a fake look. The desert doesn’t have much color and contrast right now, at least not here . . . Sunsets, though, are dynamite!

  30. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he in fact bought me dinner because I found it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this matter here on your website.

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