Ways to camp at Sand Island Campground

Friday, May 13 – Monday, May 16

P1110351Campsite at Sand Island Campground, Bluff, Utah

Warm, sunny weather necessitates bringing out the awning on the Best Little Trailer.

The shade from the awning creates cool air that wafts through the open window, encouraged by the Fantastic Fan set on “outflow.”  These days are pleasant.  You know, it’s that dry air.

I also put up the Wilson internet antenna.

Without the antenna the signal is very weak.  With the antenna my Verizon jetpack’s connection is 3G with 3 bars, plenty good for blogging, emailing, and catching up on news.  I spend a portion of these days editing photos and writing the posts about Wheatfields Lake, Canyon de Chelly, and the drive from Chinle to Bluff.

Bridget and Reggie enjoy twice daily walks around the campground loop and up the short road to the petroglyph panel.

(Note:  As I type this, the BLM website about Sand Island contains errors.  Route 163/191 is correct, not 153, and there ARE drinking water spigots at the campground.  The BLM site says “no water.”)

Okay, let’s take a look at the campground!

This is what you see as you drive from the main road down the bluff toward the campground and boat launch area.

P1110404River floats launch here every day.

P1110405Group shelter on left, campground back among the cottonwood trees

Sand Island is a Bureau of Land Management campground.

It is located off Route 163 about 5 miles west of Bluff.  Camping fee is $15 ($7.50 with senior discount pass).  I pay for six days and choose a site away from the rest.

P1110354Cottonwoods, rabbit brush, and sage

Being famliar with Sand Island from previous stays, I’m surprised at how high the vegetation has grown.  Maybe if there were flowers, it would be chopped down.  Ooh, snarky-snark!

At any rate, I’m pleased with our site and set out our “outdoor room”.

P1110352The new 9’x12′ mat is unwrapped and staked down.  New is nice. 

When sitting under the awning my view is this rock which extends along one side of the campground.

P1110373Photo taken in the glow of sunset

The closest site to ours is an easy pull-through. 

For that reason, campers who occupy it usually stay one night only and they’re usually the really big rigs.  Arrive late, leave early, okay by me!

P1110376Actually the site is just a wide spot in the campground road.

Walking around the campground loop, we pass a site with a tent.

P1110380Keeping it simple.  I like the color of that tent.

Another site is occupied by a Casita.

The couple who own it stroll by our campsite one day and ask, “What year is your trailer?”

“2011,” I reply.

They tell me theirs is a 1999.

Ah, the Casita . . . forever young.

P1110377The door’s square corners are the most obvious difference.

I’ve seen a lot of Casitas lately.  A fellow camper at Sand Island tells me he saw a large group of Casitas camped at Comb Ridge, north of here, off Route 95.

A Roadtrek Class B peers out from the back of this site.

P1110414-001Reggie does what Reggie does.  He moves (and wrecks the composition of this photo.).

I think this site is occupied by a Class C.

P1110379A step-stool and camp chair hold the site.  Plus the yellow ticket on the post.

The crew and I approach a former site of ours.

The last time we were at Sand Island, we camped under this cottonwood.   A T@B, Outback model, presently occupies the site, and grabs my attention.

P1110410No one is home.  I take a few more photos.  That’s what you get for being so dang cute!

I’m intrigued by the attached room and want to show it to you. 

They’ve doubled their indoor living space.  Clever!

P1110411I wonder if T@B sells these things.  It looks like it’s meant for a T@B.

Hmm . . . I can see pros and cons with that room.  It would darken the interior of the trailer.  Also it would block the sun from warming the door side on a cold morning.  I like morning sunshine and light on the open door.

P1110412A blue tarp was laid down, although it looks like the room has an attached floor.

On the other hand, that little room might warm up nicely and be very cozy. It provides room for changing clothes and for sleeping. . .also a portable loo if you want.  Gee, pets could enjoy the space, too — cats, dogs, even birds, going in and out.  What a wonderful addition, especially if camping on rainy days!  I like it!

Three campsites are situated by the San Juan River.

P1110415One of them is empty.  In fact, this site was empty when we arrived.  I didn’t take it because there was a big rig with generator in the next site.

P1110416-001Walk a few steps (or ride) on a short path and you can see the river.

Bridget yawns.  Riding in her car on a balmy day makes her drowsy.

Our first time at Sand Island a few years  ago we camped in one of these riverside sites.

Reggie hops up on one of the big rocks.

P1110417-002Reminds me of another boy, adventuresome around water

“Oh, no you don’t Reg!” I lift him down and turn Bridget’s car around.

“I think it’s time for you two to take a nap.”



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198 Responses to Ways to camp at Sand Island Campground

  1. Carlene at No Oregon. coast says:


  2. Jeff from va says:


  3. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Top five?

  4. Site 15 was where we stayed.

  5. Colleen from Alabama says:

    Wonderful post. Looks like a great place to camp for a few days. Need to learn more about your Verizon jetpack. I’m going to need that. Time is drawing near to get my Casita. Yeah!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Colleen…. Do what I did… Walk into a Verizon place, tell them what you want to do, and they’ll explain the air card, show you what it’s like, and talk $.

      • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

        But do it at an actual Verizon store–not a kiosk in a mall. The mall people are not nearly as well trained as the store people.

        • Pegwillen says:

          BLOGORINOS: Is there any difference in the service between using a jet pack versus using your iPhone as a hotspot?

  6. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    I love that little camper. Beautiful country. It is beautiful here right now, not even hot. It was a high in the 60’s yesterday. but beginning to get warm today though. It will be hot next week. That is ok, it is close to June in the South and it is suppose to be hot. Something would be very wrong if it wasn’t. Love the pictures. Love the blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jean… The South wouldn’t be the South without a hot summer! I’m glad you love my photos and blog. Nice of you to say so.

  7. Pat H....now at Newport, Oregon says:

    Great pics……next year I’m going to start traveling full-time. No hosting for a while. Enjoy the sunshine and babies!!!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pat H. I am enjoying this weather and my two cutie-pies.

      Yes, leave responsibilities behind and do some wandering!

  8. Carlene at No Oregon. coast says:

    Maybe first… Probably the last time. Staying the summer at Cannon Beach Oregon. Volunteering at Haystack Rock for the Oregon Coast NWS Complex working with Oregon state people. Great rv site in Ecola State Park.

    Love you blog… The places I’ll go to between volunteer gigs…

    Have a great week. Hugs to the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carlene,

      I remember Haystack Rock. Unique area. Have a great volunteer stint at the park!

    • Cheryl O. ~ Puget Sound says:

      Hi Carlene,

      I’m planning a trip to Oregon this summer. You mentioned Ecola State Park has a great rv site. I’m only seeing the park as day use only. Where would the rv sites be there or around that area?

  9. Marcia GB in MA says:

    A wonderful campground, and your site is perfect. I like the Tab with it’s integrated screen room. You really need extra interior space with those small trailers. We saw lots of different options in FL this past winter. R-Pod trailers also have a dedcated screen room, as well as several others whose brand name escapes me. We love checking out other folks’ rigs.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marcia,

      By a “dedicated screen room,” I’m guessing you mean a screen room designed specifically to go with a specific trailer.

      • Nancy s. From Indiana says:

        I’ve seen several screen rooms at campgrounds lately too.
        In fact Sue you could probably get one that would fit your
        Awning. I’m pretty sure they just attach to it. You could
        Attach it only when you want more space. Just a thought.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Never thought of that, Nancy. The thing that holds me back about screen rooms or shelters is wind. I’ve seen the remnants of screen rooms in washes in the desert. I saw one totally destroyed on a calm day when a gust of wind came up suddenly. It would be terrible if wind caught the screen room and destroyed it and the awning. I’m not giving up on the idea though.

          • Velda in Roseville CA says:

            We were in Rickreall Oregon for a bus rally a few years ago and had just gotten our awning out. Mel was on crutches for doing something stupid and injuring his foot so was not moving as well as usual. I was sitting under a metallic car shade so I could look up something on laptop he needed, so not paying attention once we got awning out. He was playing with stakes, but did not have them in yet. It had been barely a breeze to stir the near 100 degree air, when suddenly whoosh a big wind gust flipped a lot of stuff in the campground, including our awning, up and over the roof of the RV!!! Bent a lot of pieces. Kind as RVers usually are, in minutes a crew of fellows arrived to help pull it off roof, then tools appeared along with new screws and caulk. In a half hour or so they helped Mel remove, straighten enough and roll,up and reattach the awning. When home we had to remove again and replace some pieces and several years later it’s still good but NEVER up in a breeze without stakes!

  10. Your camp at Sand Inland looks and sounds great Sue,,,,,, cooler today here, feels like early spring,,,,, rusty

  11. Love your camp!! I have to check into those add on tents…love to have the room and …..those rainy days !!!!? The crew looks happy and contented !!! Enjoy!! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Betty-Shea,

      I thought about purchasing a screen room. I think I’ll probably opt for a portable shower room instead for when we slow down our travels in the winter months.

      • Do you not use the Casita shower?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          No, it’s too much of a bother. Everything that I don’t want wet (like towels, washcloths, toilet paper) has to be removed. Then wipe down the room when done. Close quarters. As much as I boondock, keeping the water tank filled becomes an issue if I keep emptying it taking showers. I can conserve water better taking sponge baths out of basins. And I can take my time.

  12. Elaine in Colorado says:

    As always GREAT pictures! It’s wonderful to learn about all the places to camp and things to see while there. I especially enjoy that you put the prices for each place including when there is a senior discount.

    As soon as my disability goes through, my plan is to obtain a pass for entrance. Do you think that I could also get a discount on campgrounds that have “utilities”? Wouldn’t that be wonderful!

    Safe travels for the 3 of you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elaine,

      If by “utilities” you mean hook-ups, yes, you can get discounts at those campgrounds — whether national forest, national park, national refuge, etc.

      I don’t know if state parks have discounts for disability. Maybe readers can share what they know about that.

      Blogorinos: What do you know about disability discounts at campgrounds with hook-ups?

    • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

      Several states have disability discounts but they are often restricted to residents of that state. I got one for California even though I don’t live there but it might have been because I showed up during the staff Christmas party so the guy who gave it to me didn’t normally handle them and was anxious to get back to the party. 🙂

      Plus, some states will honor other state’s passes if that state also honors theirs.

      • Elaine in Colorado says:

        Thank you Linda! I appreciate the information! Am making a list of things that I MUST do before heading out on my new adventures!

  13. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hello, Sue and crew – Nice photos. What a pretty area. I like that red rock with the green from the trees and bushes.
    De-cluttering or lightening the load – my apartment is feeling like someone is moving! That would be true. The plan is to pick up my Casita 17SD on Aug. 1, back to Houston, then to Lubbock, then to Michigan to visit good friends.
    It will be a miracle if I can get all my belongings into the Casita and my tow vehicle. Especially, since I won’t have a wonderful and roomy van like you have. It just means I will have to redistribute items once I have Casita and tow in one place. May be making yet another trip to Goodwill then.
    Thanks for sharing. Sue. I always enjoy you wonderful blog.
    Happy Trails.
    Pamelab in Houston for now.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamelab,

      You’ll figure out more things to get rid of as time moves you along. Be careful about tongue weight if you use your Casita for storage while in transit. Not that I know anything about that… Other people mention it.

    • Steve says:

      So jealous pamelab, we still haven’t ordered ours (I’ve decided, my wife not so much). I’d be like a kid waiting for Christmas if we had one coming in August!

    • Pegwillen says:

      The getting rid of stuff is such a joy, and like peeling an onion, the thing you thought you must save/need last year, is gone this year, and it just feels so good.

  14. Calvin R (still in Ohio) says:

    This is useful information, and I always appreciate that. My favorite picture is the rock that extends along one side of the campground. Something about red rock draws me in. When I see something like that in person, I tend to spend five or ten minutes absorbing the sight.

    I am a tent camper, and I always use a tarp under the tent. It protects the tent floor from punctures and detours running water around the tent. However, if the T@B camper is using the tarp that way, she or he needs to tuck the edges under the tent. As is, the tarp would actually collect rainwater, making life worse instead of better.

    I never minded if people looked at or took pictures of my setup if I camped around people. I looked at is as part of having the unique setup where the tent attached to the minivan. Others’ attitudes may vary.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You would love the rocks around here, Calvin. Lots of ’em, too!

      Maybe the folks weren’t concerned about rain when they set up. One can go several days here without any.. . although we did have rain last night, not much.

      I didn’t take photos of people while they were home. They’re in a public place and they aren’t infamous, like I am. 🙂

  15. Ann in Tacoma WA says:

    Hi Sue,
    Friends have ordered a Casita (soon to be ready for pickup) and shared your extraordinary blog with me. At 68 yrs old, I’m getting serious about selling my 40-foot 1940 cabin cruiser (www.mvpiedpiper.com) and then having the time and money to see other parts of this fabulous world without the fear of running aground or sinking (ha!), tho I love that old boat. LOVE your blog and the way you write and info you share. I have so many questions .. I didn’t know I could have so many questions! But at least I understand systems that are common to trailers and boats, and I’m a retired truck mechanic, so I shouldn’t get into too much trouble out there (famous last words).
    I can’t find what seems like dependable information about altitude sickness. There’s lots of conflicting info online. Even my doctor isn’t clear. Last time I drove to the canyon lands, I got desperately sick when driving above 3,500 feet, so we came down immediately, tho I’d never had a problem before. What do people do for this? Maybe folks reading this blog have answers that work for them?
    Hats off to the crew and you!

    • Elaine in Colorado says:

      Hello Ann,

      For altitude sickness, keep something to drink with you at ALL times. Make sure you eat. If you get hot, use a cool wet bandanna on your neck. I found that moving from New York State to Colorado was extremely different.

      Living at 5280 ft!

    • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

      The best way to deal with altitude sickness is to remember you are not in a hurry. Go up a bit and camp a couple days then go up a bit and camp a couple days.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ann,

      Interesting life… Welcome to my blog, boat person!

      Altitude sickness at 3,500 feet? You changed altitude very quickly maybe? I don’t know what you can do other than to make changes very slowly and allow yourself time to adjust.

      BLOGORINOS: What do you know about coping with altitude sickness? Any other thoughts, suggestions?

      • I suffer from altitude change. There is some medication you can take that is supposed to help. Changing altitude slowly helps. And pushing water as much as you can and getting really hydrated. I did all three last time we went from Dallas to Rocky Mountain National Park west of Boulder, CO and it worked.

        We went from about 500 feet above sea level to 9,000, and spent the night on the road in New Mexico at about 3,500. I had a bottle of water in my hand the whole drive, and forced myself to sip, sip, sip. No clue how many ounces I put away, or whether the meds actually helped. I just know what once we got there and set up our tents, I took it easy, didn’t push it, and didn’t have any trouble.

        Our previous trip we pitched our tent and went straight to a strenuous hike that took me even higher. I felt fine until we got back down to the campsite, and then a combination of piercing headache and vomiting sent us to a motel in town. So I’ve truly suffered with the altitude, and that was the worst.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Your reaction on the previous trip sounds terrible. I’ve been studying my Colorado Benchmark and wondering if I should attempt the mountains. I can find places to camp that aren’t higher than 9,000 feet. However, they require backtracking to avoid going through a mountain pass that’s considerable higher. I’m anxious about finding myself on a road that suddenly goes way up and there I am, sick and shaky, by myself… and then there’s the crew. What would Bridget and Reggie suffer?

          Thanks for the good advice. I’m glad you found a way to deal with it and enjoyed that trip.

          • weather says:

            Just my two cents, if you, Sue, are anxious about the higher mountain passes,possibly becoming sick and shaky while driving on them , and the crew-backtracking to avoid those possibilities might be a wise use of your time. And Ann may want to seek another doctor’s advice before ascending to 3500′ rather than chance becoming desperately sick again. Our experiences and advice( all given with the best of intentions )don’t necessarily work for or apply to everyone. I tend to trust my body’s warning systems, and find that especially important when about to embark on unfamiliar roads.

      • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

        My son suffers from terrible altitude sickness and he says the best remedy for him is to begin hydrating heavily about two days before going up in elevation, and to continue hydrating while he is at higher elevations.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Altitude sickness may be a sign of a medical condition you are unaware of… Try googling altitude sickness and the elderly and focus on locations where the Drs are familiar…ie Denver.

      Some folks can’t tolerate the altitude as the long term effects may be detrimental to ones health….so they leave.

      My dad was born and raised in Denver….at 86 yrs he moved back to sea level because he was always short of breath, dizzy etc.

      I agree with the others…if you’re going up..take extra time to acclimate (like they do when climbing Mt Everest). No sense in rushing cuz you know how it feels when you get sick.

      • Ann in Tacoma, WA says:

        Thanks everyone. This is the friendliest, nicest place!

        • MelindaK (TX) says:

          I have suffered from altitude sickness for years, but last year figured out how to beat it. I usually have issues starting around 6500 ft. I drink a ton of water water on my way from Texas then park at 6500 ft or a little lower for a couple of days, cut back on caffeine, and no alcohol. Drinking Gatorade helps too – electrolytes.

          There is prescription you can get for altitude sickness, but it knocks me out…kind of like taking Benadryl. Instead the year I took some mucinex md and that helped. The main thing is to stay hydrated.

          Altitude sickness is no fun been there done it. Back in 98 spent an hour in the medical clinic in Fairplay, CO getting oxygen. Last summer I was in Colorado hiking at 8200 ft plus ….no issues just lots of water.

          • Ann in Tacoma, WA says:

            Thank you for sharing that info, Melinda. I didn’t end up in the hospital, but close to it. That was NOT fun.

      • DesertGinger says:

        I have COPD and for a little no time was unaware I’m not supposed to do altitudes. In my first year in Tucson I visited Bisbee….about 5000 ft. I got so sick…threads pulse, nausea and vomiting…they took me by ambulance to St. Joseph’s hospital in Tucson. I was there for 3 days till symptoms improved. They said they didn’t know what happened but later I thought ‘altitude sickness!’. I try to be very careful about altitude now.

  16. Jolene/Iowa says:

    I just love this little campground. Your site looks really nice too. I thought that attached screen room was really cute and would be very useful with a small TT, so many different ways to use it.

    I love all the energy that Reggie has and Bridget is a cute as always. Always good to see you waiting in my inbox!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Always good to see you here! Thank you for commenting regularly!

  17. Lynn Brooks says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!
    Lynn B. (Baltimore)

  18. Pauline in Mississippi says:

    Looks like another great campsite. The river, the trees….and an awesome view from your Casita!!!
    Not looking forward to Mississippi heat but I wish it would get warm enough to heat our pool water!!!
    Sending lots of love and big hugs
    Love you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That pool makes Mississippi heat bearable. I’m glad you have it. Love to you, too, Pauline!

  19. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Love your home sweet home shot!
    Stunning view you have! What an exciting post! Love the add on to the T&B….betcha that caught weather’s attention.
    Thanks for the tour!
    Have a great evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Cinandjules, and thanks for the report on your new Arizona abode. Yeah, you’re gonna’ love having access to real Southwest cuisine. 🙂

  20. Geri says:

    I love Sand Island! One of the best rock panels of petroglyphs around! That whole area is amazing, perfect hub for seeing some of the best of the south west vistas! A day;s drive to Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Goosenecks and Valley of the Gods is just down the road, Arches, Newspaper Rock, Canyonlands are all within a day trip from Sand Island! It;s the perfect plce to camp and see it all!
    Sue, don’t forget to order your Navajo Pizza at the Twin Rocks Cafe! Have a slice for me!
    Great photographs you ave been taking of this wonderful corner of the world! Keep it up!
    grin, I know you will!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Geri, regarding my photos. I plan on having some Navajo pizza. First I’ll eat up what I have in the fridge…

  21. Barb from Hoquiam! says:

    Hi Sue and Crew!
    I have some friends who are full timing it in a T@B and they love the outdoor room. They set up the room with a table and area so my friend Penny can sew, and also to remove shoes and so forth. Very versatile. The room seems to stay pretty light. It expands their living space quite a bit.

    Your photos are always great! Hugs!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Barb, and hugs to you, too…. Two people full-timing in a T@B would certainly appreciate the extra room. I like the way it looks, too.

  22. Chuck Hajek says:

    This is our favorite area!!! Love the Fort Bluff area. Perfect for seeing the entire 4 corners area sites. Enjoy your stay there as we did several years ago with you. Give the crew an extra snack from the boys! How is the Navajo Pizza?????

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll let you know about the Navajo pizza. 🙂 Wish you and Geri were here to sit across the table from me….

  23. Mary in CO says:

    Glad to see the picture of another person set -up. May 30 is our departure date for Vancouver, BC, to pick up our Escape 21 and get it set up to head to Alaska. Reading your blog for all this time gives me some good advice, but I have a feeling it will be a real learning experience. We hope .to go to some of the sites you have visited in coming seasons.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, Mary, only ten more days to go! What a fantastic summer you will have! Sure, it will be a “learning experience.” That’s part of the adventure! 🙂

  24. weather says:

    Is this your sixth night that you prepaid for , and will you move in the morning? It’s nice that you have the awning, new rug and antennae to use when you need them, what a nice set up. The vegetation growing taller and uncut must have been a pleasant bonus to find there. It would be great if more places allowed that to happen 😉

    Gee, I was glad you concluded that you liked the tent for the T@B. It’s sold on their website though made by another company specifically to attach to the curved railing they’re built with. If that option wasn’t available I wouldn’t have chosen it as my rv, for several reasons, including those that you saw as benefits. Because the trailer is so light and has a wheel on the tongue, turning it by using it’s handles is easy, so one places it with the best view, sun, wind direction , etc. in mind.

    Gorgeous camp you’ve been at, with sweet memories and a currently so lovable crew…hugs to them and wishes for another nice sunset and evening for you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      No, we won’t move in the morning. I’ve since paid for more days. The vegetation is okay, although I don’t like that it is growing up the sides of fire rings. People can be stupid and careless. Also I like a clear area around in order to check for snakes and other hazards that the crew might stick their nosy noses into. 🙂 It’s kind of funny how those widely spaced flowers had to be cut for fire prevention and here we are with rabbit brush 6 feet tall and piles of dried brush around the campground. Different managing agencies….

      Wishing you a lovely day tomorrow. I was happy to read you were involved in things special to you…

      I agree about the tent for the T@B. Seems to me it would be essential for long trips or for a full-timer.

      The BLT has a wheel for the tongue, but I’ve never used it. I think it’s too heavy to be lifting in and out of the PTV. I’d rather use the plastic cone. Maybe your wheel isn’t as heavy and cumbersome.

      • weather says:

        Thanks, Sue, and good morning. This has been a lovely one so far and the rest of the day holds promise of being that way, too. You’re right about my wheel not being heavy. It stays in the tongue, cranks up for towing mode , down to use when needed. One note few mention about the tent is the privacy it affords when in a campground, which you’ll understand the appeal of for me. If the windows and doors of it and the T@B are left open it let’s nature in to be seen and felt without being as inviting for drop in visits as other set ups can be…’nuf said 😉

        It’s great to see that 1999 Casita looking forever young, and imagine you still enjoying yours for several more years…Is there a particular place you’d like to go someday that you haven’t seen yet?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good morning, weather,

          I didn’t know the wheel drops down from the tongue on a T@B. That’s a handy feature!

          I’m surprised at myself for missing what is a huge benefit of having the tent attached — privacy! You’d think I would’ve jumped all over that.

          Another way to create privacy is to park the tow vehicle perpendicular to the trailer. That works well for me — The PTV is so big. However, the privacy of the tent would be very nice. I’m glad you pointed that out.

          Is there a particular place I’d like to go someday that I haven’t seen yet? Yes, there are many! I want to go to those little camps waiting to be discovered. . . camps by a stream, camps among wildflowers, camps with mountain views, camps in the desert far from anyone, camps with charm, yellow-gold aspen leaves, curious deer, waving grass, red rock, birds… 🙂

          Blessings upon you and yours today!

          • weather says:

            Your blessings are deeply appreciated, and worked, today has been an excellent one for me and mine. I hope yours has been, too. I also was surprised that privacy wasn’t among the things you initially saw as benefits! I like your list of many…

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              I’m surprised, too, since seeking privacy drives plenty of my decisions. 🙂

  25. As for the T@B Outback and the tent–the tent is made by Paha Que. They make custom tents for other trailers, we well. It’s pricey, and I keep looking at it. I would like something easy up that doesn’t take up much room to provide shade, and perhaps relief from bugs, but since our whole process is ‘keep it simple’ we decided the side tent was just more than we wanted to deal with. Like you pointed out, it cuts off the view and one of the things I love about our T@B is its big windows.

    However those who have the side tents really love them. In the cold, you can even put a ceramic heater in there and it stays warm, or so they say.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, kisstab-chick,

      You bring up additional reasons for having the side tent (or not). I hadn’t thought about bugs.

      • That’s why a screen room could be nice, and some are pretty economical.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          T & B also sells just the awning, custom made for their trailers. I liked that tent extension as well, since I hate bugs and critters. I don’t like the reduction in light and views, however. The T @ B’s are cute, but think I would prefer the Casita. Seems a little more practical for my needs. I also like the Escape 5th wheeler. But I’ll make a firm decision when the time comes. If full-timing isn’t feasible, I may just get a small Roadtrek type van for everyday use and occasional travel.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Hi, Barbara . . . There are so many different ways to go. You’ll figure what’s best for you. Vans or Roadtreks are nimble ways to travel.

            Cuddle Angel for me!

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              She loves attention. We are having quite a bit of rain today, so getting her outside is a chore. At least I had a break this morning for her to go out. She is definitely not fond of walking in the rain. At least she has a strong badder.

            • Pamelab in Houston says:

              Hi, Sue and crew –
              I like the Clam pop up screen room. One person can put it up and take it down easily. It has no floor, but and indoor/outdoor mat would work.
              The Clams come in different sizes, too. I don’t have one yet, and will wait to see if I feel the need, but it does seem like a good choice for me.
              Pamelab in Houston

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Pamelab,

              I thought the black part along the ground (in the photo) was an attached floor. . . or maybe that isn’t a Clam… You’re smart to “wait to see if I feel the need.”

          • Steve says:

            Amy and I loved the T@b online, but when we had the chance to inspect one first hand it was just too small for us. I still think they’re the coolest shape out there, and they have some great features.

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              Have you looked at the Safari? The site is
              http://www.safaricondo.com. It is a very interesting trailer. You may want to check it out. I actually saw one going down the road here in TN the other day.

            • Steve in GA says:

              Thanks for the tip Barbara, I’d never seen the safaris, and that is by far the classiest pop up I’ve ever seen. Cheers, Steve

            • Barbara (Nashville) says:

              I thought they were pretty cool looking, inside and out. Glad you checked it out.

  26. Larry in AR says:

    I have a T@B, red trim. They are equipped with keder rails on both sides, top and bottom, to which several awnings and tents can be attached. I don’t think the clam shell models have these rails. This tent is made by PahaQue (you can see the brand stamp) who makes several items that can be purchased directly, through the T@B web site and AMAZON. I have seen setups that had tents attached to both sides. I don’t have the tent, but do have an awning that attaches to the rails to shade the door and window.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the information, Larry. It’s great the way people can configure their camper to suit the way they want to camp.

  27. We have enjoyed some of your camp spots in our Alaskan Camper over the last few weeks. Sand Island a few days before you and Sunglow after that. Earlier we were at Dome Valley near Quartzite; a place we had found on our own a few years back. And also we spent a windy night at the dispersed camp near Sunset Crater. And a cold night at Navajo NM. We are traveling from our winter digs in Baja MX to our summer cabin in Montana. Your blog has added much enjoyment to our travels this spring. I thank you and will click though to Amazon for all future shopping. Keep up the adventuring!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carol,

      It’s great to hear you had some good camps that you found on my blog. Yes, Sunset Crater and Navajo NM are both higher elevation and can be colder than the surrounding areas. From Baja MX to Montana — how nice.

      Thank you for planning to shop Amazon from my blog. That’s a great way to say thanks to me. 🙂

  28. Pamela Avery says:

    Really enjoy your blog, Sue! I’m in Las Vegas, NV. Just my own BLT (2003 Liberty Deluxe Casita) and yet to get my own PTV. When I do, hope our paths cross on the roads and rallies!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I just did a search of my blog using your email address. It looks like you’re new to comments. Welcome, blogorino! You have a Liberty Deluxe, too! Good luck finding your own perfect tow vehicle.

      I doubt we will ever meet at a rally. I never go to them, being as I prefer camping alone. Casita rallies can be a lot of fun, I hear… 🙂

  29. I always read what people are purchasing. Just incase it is something I might want. Funny it feels like snooping someone’s grocery cart. Looks like a swell camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re cute, Jan, feeling like you’re snooping in someone’s cart. Ha! It is fun to see what others buy. I get ideas for my own shopping that way.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        I always look at the purchased items also, to see if I want to add to my wish list.

        This is a lovely camp Sue. The views of the rock out your window is a pretty site. Just love the red rock.

  30. Janis harrison says:

    Hi Sue , Grandjan here ,I am with that group camped at comb ridge we just left today for Capitol Reef . I can’t believe I am getting out again . Love your blog and knowing we are in the same general area!! Huggs Grandjan

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I figured someone from that group would surface here. Hi, Janis! Have a wonderful time at Capitol Reef. I’m happy for you… Hugs!

  31. Mick'nTN says:

    ♫ La ditti Dum ♪ ♫ ♪ Wilson Log Periodic to the Blog rescue again at Sand Island.

  32. BadgerRickInWis says:

    OK I just gotta ask. Why do you have two chairs set out?

    One for lounging and one for sitting?

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Also I’ve meant for awhile to tell you how much I love the shots of our Princess in her road throne. She looks so content and happy just to be able to walk with you and Reggie again.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        She is content and happy. Pushing Bridge in her car, I’m content and happy, too, watching her head swivel as she thoroughly enjoys her ride.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        BTW, I love the phrase “our Princess.” 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hahahaha! I knew someone would ask that question! Yes, the one chair is for lounging. The other chair has a side table attached with a place that holds a drink and keeps it from falling over. I’ve found it’s easier to eat food from a plate while sitting straight up, hence the camp chair.

      Another little tip…. When the awning isn’t rolled out, my camp chair blocks the sun from hitting directly on the refrigerator panel. 🙂

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        Now THAT’S a cool tip. The things I learn around this place.

        Yes, she is “our” Princess but the phrase I was especially proud of was “road throne”. Ah well, Kelly will tell you I am never as clever as I want to think I am. 🙂

  33. Velda in Roseville CA says:

    I don’t recall this question before. Sue, what software do you use to handle your photos?

  34. Laurie in NC says:

    Hey Sue and Crew! I love seeing the pictures of this campground! I always check out others camping setups when we are walking the dogs. We have been camping for many years, but still get new ideas! Our current camper has an automatic awning and I love it! In the past we rarely put out our awning since it took so much time to put it out. Also the automatic awning can be reeled back in quickly if the wind kicks up! I am going to add this campground to our list! Thanks!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie,

      I’m surprised to read that your manual awning “took so much time to put it out.” It must have been more complicated than mine.

      The most likely time for the awning to flip is when reeling it in, because when the wind appears, that’s when you want to put in the awning, right? And for one person it’s impossible to hold the awning from flipping while simultaneously cranking her in. I can see where the automatic would help there…

  35. Steve in GA says:

    Can I ask a question for the blogerinos (Sue’s created her own travel forum…)?

    BLOGORINOS: Does AT&T have anything comparable to the hotspot Sue uses?

    I’m reading about their velocity and unite, but I can’t tell whether they support an external antennae like the Wilson (the key to success). I’ll keep looking, just wondering if there are any ATT user/victims here. Thanks, Steve

    • edlfrey says:


      The Wilson does not help if there is not a signal available. IF you are planning on traveling in the western part of the country and intend on being away from metropolitan areas then AT&T is not your best choice for signal coverage. Verizon provides the best signal coverage, which can also be poor as Sue has pointed out many times, for those that want to boondock or camp in more isolated locations.

      If you plan on staying in RV Parks in larger cities/towns then AT&T could be a fine choice and there would be no need for a Wilson antenna.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed! I see on your blog that you’ve had some pretty chilly mornings in Milan, New Mexico. I don’t think we will return to NM in springtime.

        Thanks for answering Steve’s question, much better than I could’ve done.

        • edlfrey says:


          Don’t be giving the Bloggarino’s the wrong impression about NM in the Spring. It is all about elevation, as you know.

          I’m at 6,500′ which is a little too high this early in the year. I could be at 4,000′ in Las Cruces and the low temperatures would have been 10-15° warmer but so would the high temperatures. I don’t mind the mid 30s but below freezing is something I try to avoid as I do temperatures over 90°.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            You’re right, Ed. I’m glad you corrected me. I was thinking about the route we took this spring from Silver City to Reserve to El Morro (snow!). Generalizations — They’ll get ya’ every time.

  36. Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

    Thanks for this great campground review. I always appreciate your feedback and photos because so many of the campground review websites only show the actual CG site and not the road leading in, etc. Using Google Maps, I entered this information and found it to be a ways from Bluff. Is it on your way to Monument Valley, heading East? This definitely looks like a better spot than an RV CG in town or even Goosenecks State Park which can get windy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Renee,

      I’m pleased that you find my campground reports and photos helpful. Sand Island is only 5 miles west of Bluff. Route 163 goes north through Monument Valley, then through Mexican Hat, and just past the turn for Route 191 south, it brings you to the turn into Sand Island.

      So… “Is it on your way to Monument Valley heading East?” No.

      Comparing Sand Island Campground,an RV park in town, and Goosenecks State Park:

      Goosenecks is free, Sand Island is inexpensive, an RV park in town is more $$. CORRECTION: I’m told by Renee (below) that Goosenecks is now $10 a night. $2.50 more a night than Sand Island which honors the half-price discount pass.
      Goosenecks is furthest from town, Sand Island is closer, an RV park in town is most convenient.
      Goosenecks has a vault toilet.
      Sand Island has a vault toilet, water spigots, and trash containers.
      An RV park in town may have the following — electric, water, sewer/dump station, trash containers, showers, restroom, laundry, WiFi, landscaping . . . .

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Thank you! I just found out that Goosenecks is now charging $10 a night. I found this out from another RV blog.

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Oh, forgot to mention the water spigots at Sand Island is a plus. Even if they are not threaded, we have a “water thief” to help us fill or partially fill our tank.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That works. I’ve been emptying one-gallon jugs of water into the fresh water tank using a funnel with a flexible spout. This is a method that one can use when you are not allowed to attached a hose to a spigot due to backflow or flashback or whatever the heck it’s called.

        • Julie, Molly & gizmo (Idaho) says:

          Renee where u from in Idaho & what kind of rv? I have scamp & from Boise. Have an escape on order.

  37. Such a pretty little spot with options for many. Agree I like the addition of the outdoor room for all the reasons you mention. Love all the cottonwoods 🙂

  38. Ron in Tx says:

    Sue I always read your blog and enjoy each one. I usually just lurk but check it each day.
    A few things about altitude sickness to add to the ones already posted.
    If you take Blood pressure meds ,check with your doctor, potassium can build at higher altitudes and get you in trouble fast. He may want to adjust your meds a few days before you go.
    Mountain passes are usually no problem because you are not staying long at the higher altitudes.
    Hope this helps a little.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, this information does a help. It helps a lot! Thanks for adding it to the wisdom already posted.

      Gosh, Ron, you could comment more often maybe?

      Blogorinos on blood pressure medication: Read Ron’s comment about altitude sickness.

      • edlfrey says:

        I was on various blood pressure medications for a lot of years. I had one doctor that suggested that I monitor my pressure at altitude. I found no change.

        Then there is this from an article on the web.
        “Doctors once routinely advised people with high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, prior bypass surgery or angioplasty, heart failure, and other cardiovascular conditions not to go to high altitudes. But this advice wasn’t based on much evidence.
        High altitudes can be dangerous for people with severe lung diseases (especially pulmonary hypertension) or with unstable cardiac diseases. Some data also suggest that individuals with patent foramen ovale (an opening between the right and left atria) are at increased risk of having fluid accumulate in the lungs (high altitude pulmonary edema).
        Talk to your doctor before ascending if you have one of these conditions. But for those with stable, controlled cardiovascular disease, a small but growing body of evidence suggests that they should be able to go to 12,000 feet or so without a problem.”

        This seems to indicate that if your blood pressure is stable at a lower altitude then you are probably ‘good to go’. There are not many tourist that do much travel above 12,000′ . Altitude sickness below 8,000′ is rare and usually is a sign that something is wrong other than the type or dosage of blood pressure meds.

        • Elaine in Colorado says:

          As stated earlier, I live at 5280 ft on the outskirts of Denver. I have had high blood pressure and suffer from pulmonary hypertension. My doctors here haven’t said anything about moving to a lower elevation nor were they concerned about living at this elevation. I just make sure that I have something to drink with me ALL the time. If I get winded, I sit down. Recently, I noticed that I am suffering from vertigo. This is not a very good thing.

          I still want to buy a travel trailer and a vehicle to tow it with. My doctor said she didn’t think it was a good idea. Oh well.

  39. Looking at the satellite view, it looks like the ranger station and boat ramp are sort of straight ahead and the campground is to the right/back toward the bridge. But there are a couple of other areas I’m curious about. One is past the ranger station/farther from the bridge. Is that campground, too? The other area is on the other side of highway 191/the bridge and looks like river access for anglers. Do you know if dispersed camping allowed there?

    • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

      I looked too on Google Maps and past the ranger station opposite where Sue is staying does look like part of the campground. I see what I think is a comfort station.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Al and Renee,

      Yes, Sand Island Campground is in two parts: Campground A is what you are looking at. The crew and I are in Campground B, which I prefer. Mostly tents in A.

      Yes, there is dispersed camping around the bridge. I found campsites while walking around there with Spike and Bridget during a visit to Sand Island in May of 2013. I choose not to camp in any of those sites because the road in is red dirt that turns into a sticky mess when it rains. Of course, people drive down there to play with their vehicles in the mud after a rain, thus the poor condition of the road. Go to this post and scroll down to see two of the boondocking sites:

      “San Juan River hike and our friends arrrive

      You’re very observant, Renee and Al!

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Ooo! I loved that post with all four cuties under the picnic table. Thanks for including that link. Now, time to look at the next.

        • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

          Oops, forgot to thank you for a look at the boondocking sites across/under the bridge. Yeah, I agree with you, I like where you’re at better.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Also . . At the campground Bridget has plenty of choices where to ride in her car.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      If interested in seeing more pics of Sand Island, here’s a link to our visit in 2014:

      “Sand Island Campground, Bluff, Utah

      I chuckled when I looked at this old post. Some of the photos look like the ones in this post!

      • Renee Galligher - Idaho says:

        Oh you’re right! The photos were much alike. Nice post though to see Spike.

  40. theboondork says:

    I’m keeping notes of the campgrounds you stay in because you seem to have it all figured out and I am but a lowly grasshopper jumping from one random place to the next based solely on which way the wind blows.

    It might be a while before I get a chance to try your spots because next winter I had planned on checking out the Gulf Coast of Texas and maybe all the way over to the middle of Florida. Spending some time fishing in the Gulf sounds like a pretty good way to spend the winter to me. But I have to admit I will miss the desert. The beautiful mountains, the dryness of the air, and especially the lack of mosquitoes. I guess I’ll have to get used to beaches, sweating like a hog, and dipping myself in insect repellent.


    • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

      OMG – how cute is your name? Boondork – I love it!!

      • theboondork says:

        Thank you Cynthia, I was shooting for cute.


      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I agree with Cynthia. Boondork — cute in a Sponge Bob Square Pants way.

        • theboondork says:

          It just so happens that I spent a lot of time watching Sponge Bob when the kids were growing up, I’ll bet I could sing the entire Sponge Bob song ! … Whoooo lives in a pineapple under the sea SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS , absorbent and yellow and porous is he… Okay that’s enough.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll be curious to see the route you take and the places you choose for camps. We’d go to the Texas coast if it weren’t so far. I’ve done quite a bit of fishing from piers and jetties along the Florida Gulf coast — for redfish and flounder mostly. You could do some crabbing and clamming, too. The clams aren’t good for eating raw (if you’re into that), but you can make stuffed clams with them.

      • theboondork says:

        That’s exactly what I had in mind, fishing from the beaches, the jetties, and the piers. I used to do that when I was a kid living in Florida but when I grew up I had to have a boat and fishing got real complicated after that. So the thought of standing on a pier with a couple of lines in the water, talking to the folks next to me sounds like a fun relaxed way of enjoying an afternoon.

        I love to catch and eat crabs, but I never got into the whole raw oyster and clam thing, I mean for crying out loud everything in them is something bad they filtered out of the water.

        Barney “The Old Fat Man” told me there wasn’t much Boondocking in Texas because it’s mostly private land. But it does seem like the RV parks and state parks are fairly reasonable.

        I’m not sure how it will work but I thought I would give it one winter to test out the Gulf Coast and see how I like it.

        You’re right it is kind of a long way to the Gulf, and pulling a 30 foot Arctic Fox at 10 miles a gallon would be kind of expensive but I plan on making it up by eating all the free fish I catch [ I’m gona starve ]. But there’s an awful lot of people down there, there must be something good about it.


        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Ditto on the raw oysters and raw clams. I haven’t tried either for the reason you state, in addition to the ick factor.

          I look forward to reading the results of your “test” of Gulf camping. As for the 10 mpg, heck, you’re headed for home; it’s worth it!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          BTW, theboondork, try night fishing from a pier (maybe you did that as a youngster) . . .

  41. Cynthia in San Clemente says:

    So I just had a brilliant (or not so) idea! Since Reggie always has so much energy, maybe you could harness him to the front of Bridget’s limo and he could pull her. That way you’d be “hands free” to take perfect photos!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Cynthia,

      Funny you should suggest that . . .

      The three of us were out with Bridge in her car a few days ago. As we were returning to camp, it started to rain. Reggie took off like a shot with me hoofin’ it behind Bridget’s car. He was pulling so hard,lunging actually, that I could hardly keep up with him, what with the rain and laughing. I realized the little guy has the muscle to pull Bridget in her car… Only one problem, he zigzags and zooms in circles… 🙂

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I don’t think HRH would appreciate being on Mr Toads wild ride!

        • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

          Hysterical mental picture!! You are right Cinandjules – Miss Bridge would throw a royal hissy fit!!

  42. Heda says:

    Little Bridgie looks so happy these days. She loves that stroller.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Heda,

      You’ve been with us for a while now. Your comments are usually short, but they convey a lot. I looked over your previous comments going back to 2013 and I was touched by your love of Spike and Bridget. You may not see this — I’m curious — Do you live in Australia or were you visiting at one time when you commented? I hope you are enjoying retirement, wherever you are.

      You’re right. “Little Bridgie” has three great pleasures in this stage of her life — eating chicken, sleeping, and going for a ride in her car. Thanks for your loyalty to my blog, Heda.

      • Heda says:

        Yep I am an Aussie. Retired a year ago and have been travelling for quite a bit but I’m home again now. Moved from the big smoke to the country and loving it. Lots of adventures and new things to do in this wonderful world without work. Your two little ones are really beaut little dogs. I can’t get over how happy Bridgit is in photos these days. There was a time when she put on her best scowl for the camera. I think she absolutely loves that stroller.

  43. Applegirl NY says:

    Catching up after a couple of days. Sue, what beautiful pictures. Nice how you combine the grand panoramas with the small shots of campsites. We always check out other folks’ campsites. It’s interesting to see what people are doing. We’ve even stolen an idea or two.

    We’re up opening our camp in the Adirondacks this weekend. It’s the latest we’ve ever opened it. Busy with work and other stuff at home. It sure is beautiful up here. Long term goal is to spend 6 months here and the winters travelling the south and southwest. At least that’s my goal – hubby is slowly warming up to it.

    We travel with a screen house. Absolutely love it. We use it as a place to sometimes get away from the bugs, as a garage to store our bikes and keep things dry when it rains. We don’t always put it up if we’re staying just one night, but it is awesome to have.

    Cinandjules – nice to see you’re ready for September. Very exciting!

    Went back and read the previous post about the poor couple struggling to get back home after such bad health news and then mechanical problems. I will pray for them, my goodness – dealing with so much. I know it wouldn’t have solved all of their problems, but….. everyone should be able to drive their rig!!!! Ladies and gentlemen alike.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Applegirl,

      The Adirondacks are beautiful, what I remember from my childhood. You are fortunate to have a “camp” there. I like your plan of 6 months in the mountains of NY and 6 months traveling to the warmth of the south and southwest. I chuckled at “hubby is slowing warming up to it.” Use the proven, feminine tactic — Make him think it was HIS idea. 🙂 Good luck!

      What kind of screen house do you have? Sounds like yours is stable, probably with good tie-downs….

      I wholeheartedly agree about both persons in a couple being able to drive a rig and do other necessary tasks. I’d go so far as to advise this: When purchasing a rig, buy what BOTH of you can handle. That long, kitchen counter or big dining area isn’t as important as being able to help your partner in an emergency. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy RVing if I were totally dependent upon another person to operate the rig. It amazes me that so many travel like that and yet I’m the one who is seen as taking risks?

      Okay, now I’ve probably made people mad at me. Oh well, maybe your comment, Applegirl, together with mine, will prevent someone from facing the dilemma of “how do I drive this thing?” when in an emotionally and logistically difficult place.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        I totally agree! Why would you take that risk of not knowing how to operate every detail of your rig…including driving it! Baffling!

      • Applegirl NY says:

        I’ll check to see what kind of screen house it is. You’d think I’d remember. It’s pretty stable, we do stake it down and it goes up in 5 minutes. Probably 10 if you’re doing it by yourself.

        Yes, he’ll warm up to the idea of selling our primary home at some point. The problem is we have a wonderful home that he built. It truly is a magical place – charming arts and crafts salt-box surrounded by our gardens and the woods. We love it, the kids love it and we gather there with friends and family all the time. We’re about 5 years from making any kind of permanent change – my elderly mother is with us and we will need to see what happens with her. I’m ready for a new adventure, however, and would like to make our Adirondack camp our future home-base. It’s close enough to everyone we love. Sue your blog is what keeps me dreaming!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s okay. No need to search for the name of the screen house.

          I see now why it would be tough to let go of that house.

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      How are the noseeums? They are “hot” over here!

      Thanks…our next mountain is…the ferals. They have a vet appt on Tues to make sure they are okay to cohabitate with the inside ones. Wish us luck on the potty box training. Our citidiot weekend neighbor two properties over…is trapping cats in a havaheart and shooting them. The ferals seem to know he is evil and stay away when he’s here.

      • is trapping cats in a havaheart and shooting them.

        I can’t even call the contrast of ‘havaheart’ and killing ‘irony.’ Is this illegal where you live? Who is the real beast here?

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          We live in the “woods” Adirondack Park. He was “bragging” at the local bar trying to be a manly man! We’ve spoken less than 5 words (and they weren’t nice) in the 6 years that we’ve live here. We believe in karma…we’re just waiting for it to happen! Rest assured…it’s coming!

          • Cynthia in San Clemente says:

            I’d drop some strong liquid laxative in his drink. What a disgusting human being!

            • Cinandjules (NY) says:

              We don’t frequent the bars…but it’s such a small community…word travels very quick. Safe to say…he isn’t well liked up here!

      • weather says:

        Citidiot is a kind way of referring to someone like that…About the potty box-at times I felt that the feral cats here needed to stay in the porch to be protected for various reasons. I saw a place they often used as a bathroom, shoveled the soiled dirt, leaves and all, into a litter box and put it in the porch. They used it, then I added litter, again they used it, third step-I used all litter and was all set. It was gross to do and put up with the initial parts of all that, yet keeping them safe long term mattered more than a few hours of distasteful tasks . I remember you and Alan I think discussed something similar, perhaps involving straw from winter bedding? At the time maybe one cat had gone on your couch. Anyway, for whatever reason, dirt,leaves and soil was the trick that helped here. Best wishes with that and all your plans.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Thanks…they like pine needles…that’s what’s in their box now (cat house) I will eventually add them to this product called attract litter.

          Very good ideas…we are staying positive…as no one is going to be left behind!

      • Applegirl NY says:

        Well, just came in from stacking fire wood and we were commenting that they weren’t so bad, and no sooner said than….. you know what! Wiping them out of my eyes and ears. Hence, I’m back online. I’ll go out and start stacking again as soon as a breeze kicks up. LOL. You take the good with the bad.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          You rustled up the dirt! Time to order some skin so soft from Amazon! ??

          I was out wearing my beanie…I hate them in my hair!

          They spray up here…usually right before Memorial Day! And for some reason…did we miss the green pollen dust season?

      • JazzLoverWMa says:

        Isn’t the name “citidiot” right on the money. Some of them don’t have the brains God gave a gnat. They hang up numerous bird feeders on the porch then complain when the bears come to feast on them and look in the windows, or leave their garbage on the porch and wonder why it’s all over the lawn the next morning? Shooting cats they caught in a trap just brings cruelty to a new level. Sorry, don’t usually have a soap box with me but the idea of a havaheart trap is to relocate animals not kill them. Sometimes karma just takes a little longer, hang in there. Good luck with the potty training.

  44. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Breaking news…..Didn’t want to disrupt the new post….

    Success!!!! Yay weather your idea worked!

    Last night we decided to lock the in and out cat door on their shed. Oh boy did I get three sets of “stink eye”. With the knucklehead up for the weekend, it was a safer situation.

    Thought about them all night…please please…pee peeing on the floor or furniture inside the main house isn’t going to be pleasant.

    This morning I went to let them out…normally they would take off…as in THATS NOT HAPPENING AGAIN! (Kind of like putting flea medication on them). I opened the door..they came out purring…and said WHERE’S BREAKFAST? Weaving in and out of Annie Oakley’s legs…they all went back in to eat.

    Low and behold…presents in the litter box…3 poops and 3 pees! Will do the same tonight! We are so excited! Thanks to all for the suggestions and positive thoughts.

    And now we return to our normal broadcasting of RVSue and her crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hilarious! Loved the story of The Three Little Kitties Poop in Their New Home.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:


        They are still in “their” cat house. Tuesday they go for their yearly shots, rabies and feline leukemia test. If they are still FELV neg….they get to come into the main house!

        We are beyond pleased with the potty box trials!

  45. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    I’m having trouble reading the Comments. New colored background hard on my old eyes. Haha 🙂

  46. Corkerinna620 (Mobile AL) says:

    Sue, will you delete my prior post, please? Don’t know what happened. Everything back to normal now. Sorry for inconvenience.

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