Water fun!

Monday, June 6

The weekend is over and all the campers have left Bradfield Campground.

P1110877Dolores River, upstream from the campground, southwestern Colorado

The rafting people have packed up their stuff.  Everyone has returned to the rat race.

“Not I,” said the retired rat. 

Hee -hee.  We have this place all to ourselves.

P1110940Hey, we should check out the other part of the campground . . . .

Ever since we arrived at Bradfield on June 2nd, people have camped on a short spur road at the end of the campground.  That’s why the crew and I didn’t walk up that way.

I lift Bridget into her car and we take off to look it over.

Reggie, on his tether, scampers ahead of us.

“Here’s a place where we can wade!”

P1110908Dolores River is high and mighty these days. 

One does not go wading in the main part of the Dolores.

P1110919A small strip of land diverts water into a shallow stream.  I’m wearing my Keen waterproof sandals so I walk right in.

“Good heavens, that’s cold! Whatcha’ think, Bridge?  Are ya’ comin’ in, sweetie?”

P1110932“Thatta’ girl!” 

She’s so proud of herself.

P1110929Bridget steps daintily on the smooth river rocks.

“Hey, Reggie!  Come back here and get in the water with Bridget and me!”

P1110930Reggie, in typical Reggie fashion, steps right in . . . .  He reacts to the cold with a serious expression, but he keeps on going!

P1110916Bridget has had enough. 

This water is too cold to bear for long.  She did enjoy the water as evidenced by her wagging tail and sprightly gait.

P1110931“Wow!  Look at you, Reg!”

P1110918The sweet, little guy.  Wherever I go, he wants to go there, too.

P1110917He makes it all the way across!

“C’mon, my feet are freezing.  Let’s go back to Bridge . . . .”

P1110920Wading in cold water is invigorating!

Bridget trots around, feeling frisky, while Reggie zoom, zoom, zooooooms!

P1110923“That was fun, wasn’t it!   . . . Oh, Bridget wants us to catch up with her.  She’s energized, doesn’t care about riding in her car.”

P1110922Well, that was a nice way to wrap up our last day at this camp.  When we get back to the Best Little Trailer, I’ll put away Bridget’s car, the lounger and the doggie beds, take up the stakes on the mat and pack it away, and tidy up the inside.  We’ll hitch up and move out early in the morning.

In closing this post, here are a few photos of Bradfield Campground taken Sunday afternoon.

I took these from a road high above the campground.  Do you see the BLT?

P1110898Here’s a closer view . . .

P1110899And even closer . . . .

P1110900This has been a great camp. . . . and only $4 a night.  I’m glad we came this way! 

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118 Responses to Water fun!

  1. Janet says:

    Hi Sue from Washington State!

  2. Norman in San Diego says:

    Second today?

  3. Kat says:

    Within top 10 today?

  4. Beverly says:

    Third??

  5. Pam N. says:

    Love your furkids, and their different approach to experiences, and how you three are a real bonded pack:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pam N.,

      It’s interesting for me to see how they react to things, in accordance with their different personalities and stage of life.

  6. Pam N. says:

    Reggie is a doll, and Miss Bridge such a sweet dignified older lady.

  7. Geri says:

    howdy! I just finished the previous, commented, then discovered this one. Had to say something since I hardly ever make the top 20! LOL! So cute to see Reggie enjoying the water with Bridget! She looks VERY slim these days! Looking forward to your next adventure!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m looking forward to getting this blog caught up. Our next camp, the one after Bradfield, is very nice . . . riverfront!

  8. Elizabeth Evelyn aka E2/etwo says:

    Hey Sue….

    That looks like a great campground to me…. Wish I could
    still travel….. Oh well…I had a good run… since 1984 till
    three years ago….

    Did your furkids actually BOTH go out for a walk with NO
    harnesses or leashes ??? For some time I had wondered
    when you were going to let the Reggie boy go without a
    leash! Seems to me both of them are well taken care of…
    No smart critter would leave a good home, would they?

    A neighbor and friend recently signed on to your blog when
    she read one of them that I sent to her…. She has told me
    more than once how much she enjoy’s reading it! Gotta
    say I do too!

    Happy Trails to all three of you…. Elizabeth aka E2/etwo

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, E2!

      How nice of you to share my blog with your friend. I’m happy that both of you enjoy reading it.

      Bridget is off-leash. Reggie is on his tether. Like you say, he wouldn’t want to leave his good home. However, he runs faster than the wind and being so small and impressionable, he can run far, not realizing he is lost and also can run to other people far away. He’s adjusted to the tether and enjoys life. It will be a long time before he is allowed to run around without it, if ever.

      Have a good evening, Elizabeth. 🙂

  9. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue and crew –
    That’s a very inviting spot to wade in refreshing water. So nice that all three of you enjoyed the experience. Enjoy you blog every time. Thank you for the lovely pictures and information.
    Happy Trails.
    Pamelab

  10. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    had a hunch you were gonna post today and walaa….there it was
    now to go back and read your post whilest I eat my homemade stew
    and cornbread….
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Homemade stew, cornbread, and RVSue and her canine crew…. Love that! Enjoy, chuck.

  11. Chris B in Southern California says:

    Hi Sue – I like it when I see the things that I purchase from Amazon on your blog. I don’t know why I get a charge out of it. It’s the little things! LOL!

    I have a couple of questions for you…actually from Clete. And, no, he’s not going to con you into a deep fried twinkie. Our refrigerator is possessed and sometimes it works like a champ and sometimes not. You have the refrigerator that lights automatically, if the flame goes out, right? When you took it in awhile back, was it for maintenance or was it not cooling? Also, I’m assuming that you do run the propane continuously even while driving? Well, that’s three questions now. 🙂

    I Googled you to get connected to the Amazon link and saw that you are quite the blogging celebrity! That is so cool!

    By the way, Bradfield campground looks beautiful. We just got back from Mammoth and Big Pine along highway 395 on east side of the Sierras. I remember you going there. We camped but didn’t really camp in Mammoth Lakes. The city is across from the National Forest campground called Shady Rest. Everything you need is there…McDonalds, hardware store, grocery stores, restaurants. We wanted easy and boy did we get it! Found a great little Mexican food place that had excellent food and so cheap! $10 for dinner! We went on a couple of hikes but there was still a little too much snow on the ground that was icy underneath that prohibited us from wandering too far. Sure was pretty with warm days and slightly chilly nights at 8,000 feet.

    Chris B who is back home in boring and unincorporated Rossmoor, Orange County, CA

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chris and Hi, Clete!

      Okay, about my fridge repair. My memory is terrible. I do believe it was because it wasn’t cooling. Maybe it wasn’t lighting at all. I kept hearing click-click-click as the ignition tried unsuccessfully to light. In the past, dust was the problem and easily remedied. This time the ignition was way out of adjustment. That was adjusted, general cleaning of the outside compartment was done, also a new regulator put on for the tanks.

      Yes, I do run the propane while on the road.

      Mammoth Lakes must have been gorgeous…. What little I saw at our camp near Glass Creek was stunningly beautiful. Love having the best of both worlds… a lovely camp in nature with stores and restaurants nearby! I’m glad you had a good time there.

      • edlfrey says:

        This comment is not meant to be a criticism of what RVSue does so please do not come down on me for what I have to say.

        I do it differently, not necessarily right but different. I never travel with my refrigerator of water heater ON with an exposed flame. I know many people do and have no problems but I do not like to have anything burning when I am filling up with gasoline. I know myself well enough that I would not be turning all the propane OFF prior to filling with gasoline so I have made it a practice to shut everything off before travel.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good point, Ed. I’m not totally comfortable with traveling with the fridge on. I may adjust my practice. My problem will be remembering to turn the fridge back on when arriving at camp!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought of something else about the fridge! (I told you my memory is bad.) Besides the trouble with it starting, it wasn’t cooling because the thermo-whatever had slipped off the metal “fins” inside the fridge.

      • Cat Lady finally on the road in TN says:

        Thermo-coupler?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re thinking of the repair to my propane heater. The thermocouple was bent.

      • Chris B in Southern California says:

        I believe that would be the thermistor, Sue. That’s what connects to the fins on the inside.

        I always travel with my refrigerator on unless it goes out and I don’t know about it.

        Did the service guy tell you how to clean the orifice located right before the burner? There’s a teeny tiny hole that occasionally needs to be cleaned. The propane goes through this hole to the burner and it can get clogged. It’s a quick fix that requires a 10mm open end wrench to remove and some alcohol for cleaning. Instructions are on the Casita forum if you ever need help.

        Thanks, Sue. Colorado is so beautiful! You must be loving it.

    • Hi Chris B, I also grew up in Los Alamitos, so I know Rossmoor very well. Also, Big Pine is my second home, we travel there every year to camp and fish at Upper Sage Campground near Glacier Lodge. Good to hear the weather report as we will be traveling there in a couple of weeks, also at 8,000 feet in elevation. The BBQ place in Big Pine is supposed to be the best in the nation, so it says on the internet. Rossmoor is not too boring, at least it is not too far from the beach and you get the cool ocean breezes in the afternoon, and of course we now have June Gloom. Can’t wait to get out towards the Owens Valley.

      • Chris B in Southern California says:

        Hi Shirlene – I discovered Rock Creek Lake about 7 years ago that led to many trips up 395. I’m in love with the east side of the Sierras. We stay at Big Pine Creek Campground when in Big Pine. The camp hosts are great people and I’m loving the new to us senior discount now that my husband turned 62! LOL! The Copper Top BBQ really disappointed me on this last visit. The tri-tip was not tender at all and without flavor. The owner wasn’t there, so maybe that had something to do with it. I’m sticking to the pulled pork for now on. In my opinion, the best BBQ place is in Compton. Bludso’s is the name. Check it out. A bit intimidating to go there but the people are nice and the food is fantastic. Try Googling it and click on images. Your mouth will be watering. I’m ready to move but can’t get my husband out of here. I want to get out of the city congestion. Been in Rossmoor 30 years and I want some land. Too many people building big houses on every inch of their property has ruined quality of life along with the traffic that comes with the lovely gift that the city of Seal Beach gave us with all of their box stores in our neighborhood. It once was a great place to live, but things change and it’s time for me to move.

  12. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue,

    Gosh I love Colorado. I know other people who have went to that part of Colorado and loved it. Love Reggie and Bridget! So fun to see them in the water. Looking forward to where we go next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I’ve read and seen other people’s experiences in Colorado for years, now it’s our turn! We’re presently at our 3rd Colorado camp this year and all three are great! Thanks for stopping by….

  13. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    So glad you posted today; I was getting a little worried (but that’s just my neurosis). Bridget looked so slim and lady-like in that full side photo of her on the gravel road! Her enjoyment of the cold water (briefly) reminded me of the photo and story of John and Schoep that went viral a couple of years ago. His dog had arthritis and frequent soaks in the lake seemed to really help him. I wonder if Bridget would let you hold her and let her soak for a few minutes in slightly warmer water, and if that would help her.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I remember that touching story….

      When Bridget doesn’t want to walk, the problem is evidently located with the injured leg and subsequent weakness and pain. I don’t know if a warm soak would help with that. I don’t see her wanting to be held in water, although I’ll try it if the water is right. Here’s why I don’t think she’d care for it…

      I don’t know if it’s the rat terrier in her or what. Neither Bridget nor Spike cared much for being held. I pick her up, put her on my lap, try to cuddle for a while… after about 10 seconds, she’s had enough!

      • Cynthia blaylock says:

        I’ve read in a number of different places that most dogs don’t really like being held or hugged because it makes them feel like they are being dominated. Maybe John’s dog Schoep accepted it because he was in such pain. Also, in the photos I saw it looked like John was sort of just letting Schoep float in his arms, like when you’re teaching a child to float.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi, Cynthia,

          That makes sense, about not wanting to feel dominated. Spike did love it when I held him in warm water very loosely so he could float. I only had a chance to do that once, in the warm water of a lake in Georgia. But holding him in my arms otherwise, he didn’t want that!

        • Retiredcajunlady says:

          That is interesting. I thought Willee didn’t like to be held because he was abandoned on the streets of Baton Rouge. When animal control picked him up, the estimated he had been a stray for a while because of his condition (or just not taken care of at all). For a Shih Tzu to survive lack of care for a long period of time is amazing. I thought this was the reason he didn’t like to be held. But not wanting to be dominated makes more sense. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sherri D says:

    As always, we enjoy your postings. I have a story for you though. Our RV is a class C Rv. The previous owners named it “Arvie”. This name has stuck and our rig is named Arvie. So the other day we were taking Arvie to the doctor to fix a recall problem. While going there we spied a little pink thing on the side of the road. After dropping Arvie off, we looped back around and picked up the little pink thing. It was a piggy! We named her Sue. Sue will ride on the dashboard of Arvie. Now we will have our very own, Arvie Sue. hahahahaha
    Hugs Sue, Bridge, and Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hahahaha! What a punchline! Hilarious, Sherri! I’m laughing out loud. Arvie Sue… too funny!!! And she’s a pig! Oh, my, I can’t be offended — it’s too funny!

      • Sherri D says:

        Oops, I didn’t think of being offensive and no, it sure isn’t intended to be such. Let me add that we live in Arkansas, home of the Razorbacks. Razorbacks say “Wooooo Pig SUEEEEE” at their football games. It seemed she was pre-named for us. 😀 And she is as cute as a bug’s ear, just like you! (and Reg and Bridge too)

  15. AZ Jim says:

    Nice post Missy. It’s good to see Reggie with only four legs too. I guess you had enough signal to be with us again and that is a very good thing. Hi Bridget, I’m glad to see you looking so spry. Carry on gang…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jim… It’s good to be back! I expect that we will “disappear” from time to time this summer, what with these huge mountains blocking internet signal. I’ll try not to be out of touch for more than two days at a time.

      I put a brand new memory card in my camera. I hope that takes care of the multiple ears and legs …

  16. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Romping in the water….how delightful! I thought for a minute…Reg man was gonna soak! Sounds like it was refreshing to all! Go Bridgee babee!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      A soak in that water would lead to hypothermia! Gosh, it’s cold!

      You have a good night!

  17. Kathy (NC) says:

    Hi Sue and Crew – it’s been a busy couple of months here, lots of sorting out of closets, donating items not needed, etc. etc. I have been inspired by you and so many other blogorinos who have been preparing for the RV lifestyle and while we may never go fulltime it feels SO good to have more space!
    I’ve also been keeping up with your travels and making notes – so many wonderful photos and such entertaining writing – following along with you has become my relaxation at the end of the day, either a new ‘episode’ or interesting comments.
    We’ve been out in our trailer a few weeks ago to our local lake for a short break and are heading out again this weekend – our dogs are looking forward to swimming and we are looking forward to no housework or yardwork.
    Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts, I especially love the photos of Bridget and Reggie, and the scenery, and the sunsets, and the flowers and ……..
    I guess you get the picture!
    Kathy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Kathy,

      Your comment makes me proud… proud that a person can find so much at my blog that is inspiring and helpful. Good for you, cleaning out closets, getting rid of what you don’t need. It’s liberating….

      Sounds like your dogs are happy campers. 🙂 Thanks for the nice message — Have a wonderful weekend camping!

  18. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Good to see Reggie and Bridget enjoying a little wade. Bet you enjoyed it also. The pictures of the BLT makes me think you must have walked quite a distance and up hill. Good for you…keep walking ….it will keep you young! LOL.
    Tomorrow morning Granddaughter Elly, Daughter in law Melissa and I will be heading to Hammond LA for the weekend. Another AAU basketball tournament. This will be the last one 🙁 for me for the season. The Nationals will be in Cartersville GA in July.
    Always look forward to your next campground!
    Love to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! Cheers for Elly and her team!

      Always happy to hear from you, Pauline… You, Melissa, and Elly have a safe trip to Louisiana!

      Love you!

  19. Lisa, Tommie and Buddy in NJ says:

    Wow, what a pretty place to wade. And Bridgette seemed to like it.Tommie loves to swim and will happily tow anyone around. He has a life vest, he’s my speedboat. We are off the road for the weekend, YEAH. Long hours driving and towing day after day took a toll on my neck and shoulders. A small victory, 98% of the stuff in my trailer was where I put it before we set out this morning, even with all the rough roads and mountains we crossed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You are quite a traveler, Lisa! I can hardly keep up with you! Take a break, relax…. “off the road for the weekend”… That’s all? Just the weekend? I hope you can rest up and feel renewed by Monday. 🙂

  20. Retiredcajunlady says:

    I just love your Crew, Sue! They are such precious pups! Your photos are gorgeous as always…and the tree got its trunk back! I always check with Google Maps to see where you are. Is Dolores in the eastern part? I thought it was in the southwestern part. Then again, I thought you had a different chicken the other day…LOL. It has been so hot here in SE LA that the cold water sounds really nice. Not knowing how to swim, that depth looked just about right. Bridget is really looking good and healthy. And Reggie, well he looks full of cute energy. Wherever your new destination, I wish you peaceful and safe travels. Belly rubs for the pups and clear skies and fair winds for all.
    Hope

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Retiredcajunlady,

      Oops! I did it again… mixed up east and west. Yes, we’re in the southwestern part of Colorado.

      Thanks for the kind wish for me and the pups.

  21. CRedding n NeTx says:

    Another great post. I really like the scenery views. You are going to enjoy Colorado as it is a beautiful state. However, I like all the states where I have traveled and spent some time, and each state is unique in its own ways. Beauty is there if one looks for it. Sometimes I have to relax awhile and then I see the beauty. You always seem to stay in campgrounds long enough to know the area and capture the beauty thru the lens and words. I look forward to each post.

    I thought you entered Colorado from the West, but the label under the first picture says southeastern Colorado. Did you travel across the southern part of the state or have I gotten myself confused?

    Looks like everyone enjoyed the walk to the river.

    Clayton

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Clayton,

      You’re right about beauty existing and we can find it if we try. I like staying in a camp long enough for the beauty to come forth. It takes time.

      Yes, I messed up my directions again. Ever so often I go through this east-west confusion. We did enter Colorado from the west. I’ll fix the post. Thanks for letting me know!

  22. Barbara from Camano Island says:

    Well, I finally made it to 2012 in my reading of your old posts, and am looking forward to what you said was a good year. But I don’t know how anything could be more interesting than reading about the beginning of your adventure, or about your getting your solar panels! I went over that part more than once. What a process. I will say that sometimes I forget if I’m reading in 2011 or 2016 and can’t figure out which map to get out to see where you are. Thank you for adding so much pleasure to my evenings,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Barbara. I’m pleased that you find those very early posts interesting. I bet the fact that my posts are written in the present tense most of the time adds to your confusion when going from 2016 to 2011. 🙂

  23. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Wow what a treat! Bridget and Reggie really enjoyed it it looked like.

    I went camping with a bunch of gals last weekend… first BIG time in my little trailer. Long drive for me — to Aloha OR from Hoquiam. It was fun. I knew a few of the ladies and they were all warm and welcoming. But it was HOT. And well… the power went out on Sunday Morning about 1 AM.. which my trailer was not set up for… something I need to do some tweaking on 🙂 I hung out but by 6 it was still out and still 80 degrees and I was miserable so I took off. YEP I need to find some middle ground (I took the propane out of the trailer because it was unsafe and to add it in would be about 500 – so I opted not to have it the trailer is 56 yrs young so I kept it simple-unless ya need to cool off! ). I have LED battery lighting, but my FANS were not working… would accept cheap and easy advice from anyone! LOL I was miserable due to the heat. I am thinking a solar mat would be perfection.
    Because I left when I did though, I got to see a hot air balloon launch!!! So that was good and there was little traffic.

    I forget to write much, Sue. But I read it all. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in your adventures I just start to dream !

    Hugs from Hoquiam,
    Barb

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barb,

      I’m sorry to hear the camping trip with your friends was cut short due to the heat. Ideas? Solar power for running fans would be one solution. That works for me (along with elevation changes).

      Something we haven’t talked about much is swamp coolers. I don’t know much about them. Chuck and Geri have one… Maybe they will see this and share their experience.

      Blogorinos: Any ideas on keeping cool (inexpensively)? Solar pads?

      • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

        Thanks Sue! I was naive to think ‘well, I just want a plug and go’ situation… NEVER occurred to me the power would go out in the entire park! And truthfully, having a bit of power would make a stop in a parking lot a whole lot kinder on the soul. 🙂

        The trailer is teeny, only 9 ft. so storage is an issue-which is why I was thinking of a solar pad. Any thoughts on good and simple ones blogerinos?

        Thanks Sue!
        Barb
        PS every time I go in my trailers I am hankering for a …
        Rotisserie Chicken! 😛

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Another positive about having solar, one that’s not mentioned often . . . . It’s great to have during a natural disaster or national emergency, when the power grid is shut down, possibly for an extended period of time.

          • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

            Very true!

            • Barb from Hoquiam! says:

              Well, after thinking, I realized I have a great USB fan and a lantern that charges a USB fitting (like for a phone). Duh!
              I was prepared and forgot about it-go figure!

            • Why did this post appear as1
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              Line?

            • Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

              Maybe reading on a phone as opposed to tablet, laptop or desktop computer? I find that sometimes too when there are several replies to replies to replies. It gets narrorer with each reply – on phone screen only.

  24. Jo in OR says:

    My favorite post, in awhile. Bridgee Babee is so adorable, invigorated and proud going in the water. She didn’t mind smiling for the cameras. Reggie was so brave, excited and has a full smile at his accomplishment.
    You are the best Mom!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Jo. The crew did enjoy the brief wade in cold water. It really perked them up!

  25. Laurie in NC says:

    This looked like a nice little campground and the price is right! I enjoyed the photos of the experience in the river. Looks like fun! I love to take off my shoes and wade! It reminds me of my childhood and family camping trips. When we camped in the mountains of NC, we stayed at a campground that had a wide shallow stream with lots of rocks and wading places! It was a kid’s dream place! We always ended up completely wet!

  26. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Great post. Nothing like cold water on a warm day to invigorate your spirits. When we can only camp on holiday weekends, to arrive early at a campground and leave late. We love the peace and quiet of being alone before all the other campers arrive and then to see them leave and watch wildlife return and to hear the birds chattering once more is very lovely. Enjoy your travel to the next camp. Looking forward to the report on that one.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Smart practice, Renee — arrive early and leave late, if you can. It is a great feeling to see that the other campers have left. “Mine! The campground is all mine!” 🙂

  27. Pookie in Todd Mission Tx says:

    Sue….I need some help here…….last year someone posted about a pillow being the best sleeping pillow ever and I bought one……now my better half wants one but I cant figure out which one I bought through your blog on Amazon…..
    do you remember which pillow it was?
    hopefully you can find the link that was posted…
    thanks
    chuck

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t remember the name of it offhand. One way to find out . . . Use one of my links to go to Amazon. Go to “My account”… There’s a place to click “orders” or “order history.” It will show all your purchases.

      I’d search right now for it but we’re leaving for a new camp in a few minutes. If you haven’t found it (or a reader hasn’t found it on my blog), I’ll search for it when I have connection again.

      I’m glad the pillow works for you…

  28. weather says:

    Having a campground built for dozens of people to use at once all to yourselves is remarkably fortunate. That it’s along a river with a stream shallow enough for you three to wade in made it an especially rare opportunity. You have a real gift for finding free or very affordable places that make great camps. I often wonder have many folks have realized they too could look forward to retirements with dreams coming true because of your blog. Today I thought of the those that saw you camped near them thinking about that future alternative as they left to go back to work for the week. It would be nice if inspiration rather than envy was what they felt, wouldn’t it?

    It’s wonderful that from the crew’s point of view just going to a different part of the campground was a new and exciting experience. I really like the photo with Bridget already in the cold rocky stream as Reggie hesitates to enter it. She’s had so many types of adventures that he hasn’t yet. I imagine having her example to follow has helped him in countless ways.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      About people being inspired to take to a life on the road, to expanding their possibilities, to creating a retirement vision, to dream . . . Often I meet people and we talk about this and I don’t always write about the encounters. It’s fun to see their eyes light up with wonder, followed by many questions and … Gee, maybe WE could do that, live full-time in our camper…

      Bridget shows Reggie the way in many instances. Her calm acceptance of every new camp as home has a positive effect on Reggie. Chihuahuas can be nervous, as you probably know. Bridget is an antidote to that. She’s our sweet buddha. 🙂

      Another travel day for us! I will try hard to find a camp with internet.

      To you, weather, and all the blogorinos:

      Wishing you a day full of goodness and light…

      Bye for now!

      Sue

      • Good Morning Sue, safe travels and wonderful new camp.

        Good Morning Weather, have a good day and a good weekend. 🙂

        Hi to all my blogorino friends and welcome SweetP!

      • weather says:

        Thanks for that lovely wish, Sue, it came true 🙂 I hope it did for you, too, and that you’re camped somewhere the three of you are enjoying. Since you haven’t left an update yet I’m guessing you are out of internet range. Considering that you usually don’t move on a weekend we may not hear from you until Monday or so.

        Until we do I hope you and all the blogorinos stay well and happy. HI TO DENISE in case you check in and just can’t type yet. She was supposed to have her hand surgery 12 days ago and had mentioned she may not comment for a couple of weeks.

  29. Marcia GB in MA says:

    It’s nice to see Bridget and Reggie playing in the water. Maybe there’s some warmer water in their future this summer?

  30. Terri From Texas says:

    Howdy from Texas!
    Been trying to dry out here! I have enjoyed your last several posts very much-just haven’t posted myself much. Tried Bar B-Q in California the one time spouse and I were there. We asked for the Barbecue Sauce and got ketchup!! Sorry-the best Barbeque is in Texas and yes, I am prejudiced! Those cold mountain streams look delicious! Someday soon we will be out there-maybe not full time, but looooong part times! Keep Safe RvSue and your precious crew!

    Terri

    • AlanOutandAbout - Alpine AZ. says:

      If you are talking about beef I will agree. But if you are talking PIG then it is North Carolina where barbecue is a noun, not a verb. Yeah I know Memphis and St. Louis and Kansas City and even TX make some pretty good stuff but they smother it with sugary sweet sauces and you can’t taste the pork. It is NC for me.
      Oh, how I miss a good ole Pig Picking.

  31. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, If I were in your place I would lie awake nights wondering how many pieces of mail directed to me was in post offices (general delivery) all over the west. By now you must have mail in the “dead letter” system. How do you do it without having a nervous breakdown?

  32. Oh, how I want to wade into that water in my Keens, too!

    Reggie and Bridget remind me so much of my two, even though the colors are all different. My Bella is very ladylike in her movements, so cautious sometimes she seems almost delicate–except when she’s killing squirrels. I will admit that now that she’s a bit older, she is satisfied just to run them up a tree and pretend she would kill them if she had a chance, but it’s clear she slows down if she’s about to get within pouncing distance. Good girl. Finally.

    And our Rocksy and your Reggie also have the same mannerisms and bouncy energy–which makes more sense, since Reggie clearly has so much Chihuahua in him!

    Thanks again for sharing this beautiful campground.

  33. Guy says:

    Sue, that Reggie is killer cute!

  34. Susan from South Central WA on the road says:

    Lived that you could find some water to have fun in. The crew looked like they were really enjoying them selves. We are in Vernal UT gassing up and will be crossing
    Into CO in a few minutes. Waving from the north west corner of CO!!

  35. Suzette (TN) says:

    Sometimes when I visit your page, I feel like I’ve taken a mini-vacation. This post is one of those times. I can just feel the icy cold water on my toes – and smell the fresh air. The campground is so neat and tidy. And I LOVE your spot! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this little bit of heaven.

  36. Virginia620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Bradfield looks like it was a great campground. And look at HRH Bridge. She sure is looking svelte. Yeah Baby. And Reggie, what a cute ‘lil punkin’.
    🙂

  37. Yes that fast moving river water is very cold!!! All three of you are very brave 🙂 Love seeing the crew enjoying their water fun. Hope the heat stays away on “your side” of the state – it’s warming up here 🙁

    • Hi Jodee, I followed your link to see all the goings on in you neck of the woods, really enjoyed your blog. I think I will have to sign on. I remember when you started your journey, as I will be starting mine this year. I am so excited you are having such a good experience. Keep it up, you have a good blog going on there. 🙂

    • Velda in Roseville CA says:

      Jodie, I’m so impressed with your blog. Am busy starting year two, but it’s sleepy time now. Between here at Sue’s and your blog, I shall stay busy for a while. This weekend La Mesa RVs is having a RV show near us at Sierra College, so we may go look at our dream coaches! Have a great weekend all.

    • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

      Hi Jodee!

      Do you see any/much of the effects of the big fire in the Manitou Springs area? Is the arcade still there? Did you get any of “Patsy’s” treats? Taffy? Chocolate popcorn? Did you try the mineral water? Is it still nice and cool in the shadows of the mountains? Are you going to drive up Pike’s Peak? Are you going to Cripple Creek?

      I think the altitude may not allow RVSue to go to many spots there so was hoping you could share them with us here, at this ‘clubhouse’. Thanks if you do.

      MV gal

      • There is one small section of burn visible from Hwy 24, but that’s all we’ve seen. In the weather forecast they refer to the “burn side” when warning of run off so I’m sure it’s still an issue. Didn’t get to many places in MS yet as it has been so insanely crowded! Can’t do the Peak because it’s so high, and also the Toll seems excessive. Did see Cripple Creek today – love it!!! Will post about it soon. Thanks for the shout!

  38. Harl4me in Fl says:

    Hi Sue and Crew and all of you too?
    Saying hi from my flight home, presently at 37,000 feet about 600mi from Houston, still have another leg and won’t get home til after midnight but I will sleep in my bed tonight.
    Just loved seeing Bridgee dip her feet in the water and Reg having such a good time playing and exploring. Looking forward to seeing all the places you visit in Colorado. I can’t wait to see my littles tomorrow, been missing all of them but am sure I’ll be ready for my next trip out at the end of Aug. Hope everyone has as good time this weekend as I plan to LOLOL.

  39. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Not sure. It was in paragraph form for me.

  40. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    We’re at a new camp, another riverside home for us! I drove many miles yesterday, stopping at possible camps, moving on, searching for signal. Our present camp has a weak signal, but at least it enables me to read although I can’t write a comment or a post.

    At present the crew and I are sitting inside the PTV atop a high ridge where I found the signal is better, yet slow. It has taken a good part of the morning to work on the next post and it still isn’t finished!

    The crew needs a break. We’ll come up here again this afternoon and I hope to finish it then.

    In the meantime, thank you for your loyalty to my blog while it is dormant due to travel in mountainous areas. Although you are encouraged by readers to go elsewhere, I hope you will come back to me and the crew. I’m really trying to keep this blog active and I appreciate those of you who help keep it so in my absence.

    Sue

  41. A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

    Greetings all,

    Have you found something new in the grocery store and then gave it a try? Then did it become your go-to? Did you start putting it in any and everything just for a change up? Did you become an unofficial spokesperson for the product and are giving it out to friends and neighbors? Does it come up in most conversations?

    Isn’t surprise grand?!!!!

    What were YOU surprised by?

    This go-round, for me, was jalapeno relish. No more fishing the rings out of the jar and chopping them to bits. No more odors on hands that wouldn’t wash away for days. Just squeeze! Over melty cheese on chips… in tuna salad… on breakfast bowls.

    What other new things have I been missing because they “weren’t on the list”? Have I been living a sheltered life? Maybe it’s time to expand my epicurean horizons again. Chocolate Cherrios, perhaps?

    What have YOU found that you made room for in your pantry permanently?

    • weather says:

      Vanilla flavored coconut milk for my cheerios 😉 and southwestern style refried black beans with lime juice-canned yet really good!

      • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

        Oooh! Two ‘yums’ up!

        • weather says:

          HaHa,clever play on words. Now that you’re getting your jalapeno fix with the relish, you might not want to just toss the jar with the sliced ones. I bought a can of sliced carrots, drained the liquid out and put them in the jalapeno jar. That gave them a lot of zing, not real heat-great on everything or as a garnish rather than dull pickles on a plate.

          • A gal in Maple Valley, WA says:

            Great idea. I might try that with other vegies, too. Maybe pour the juice into dishes. Mmmmm…

  42. Shelley in California says:

    This is the only travel blog I follow and it will stay that way. I ordered 512 dollars worth this morning through your blog as a thank you for giving my the gift of an imaginary vacation. Two hundred dollar tennis shoes and headphones, hubby got those for a friends son overseas, his friend pays him back when he gets there…I sure wouldn’t spend that much on shoes! Hubby always says I have an amazon order can you order through that ladys blog lol…okay that lady!

  43. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:

    There is no reason to leave Sue and Crew.
    We wait for each post in anticipation of Great Pictures, and the crews wandering about.
    Enjoy where you are at, weather here is great. I hope yours is the same.
    Dave

  44. Nancy S. Indiana says:

    Absolutely beautiful area. I appreciate you sharing it with us.

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