Wind River Canyon on our pursuit of warmer weather

Thursday, September 14 (continued)

“Okay, you’ve had your walk,” I point out to Reggie and Roger who ride next to me in the Perfect Tow Vehicle as we drive through Thermopolis.

“Lie down and take a snooze while we go through Wind River Canyon.”

Reggie circles his doggie bed until he reaches the perfect orientation.  Then he lies down and rests his chin on the bumper of the bed.

One down, one to go.

Roger puts his front paws on the sill of the passenger window, looks at the passing scenery, and whines.  This isn’t something new; he does this every time we go somewhere.

“Yeah, I’m feeling a bit grumpy, too, Rog.  This drive through Wind River Canyon will be good for me.  The sun is shining, blue skies up above.  Lie down and relax. ”

We enter the canyon and drift past a few turn-outs.  I’m not in the mood for photography. After a while, however, the scenery pulls me out of my funk.

The canyon is stupendous!

The winding road is above Wind River.  On the other side of the river, railroad tracks hug the cliffs.  The three strands of road, river, and railroad tracks weave through tremendous canyon walls.

My mood lightened, I pull into a turn-out and get out with my camera.

(I’m not sure the order of the photos and I don’t have many, as several did not turn out well.)

This next photo gives scale.  It’s a view to the north, from whence we came. See the tiny red truck?

In the center of the turn-out stands a stone memorial.

Engraved on the stone I read the name, Reverend William Barrow Pugh.

I don’t intend to mention this in my blog.  I take the photo only so that I’ll have the name to research later on the web.

Before I return to the PTV, I take a moment to stand in this magnificent setting of Wind River Canyon and wonder about this man who was so loved and respected that people placed a memorial monument here.

That’s when it hits me.

September 14, 1950?  Today is September 14!  Out of 365 days in a year there is only one September 14 and that’s when I park at this memorial.  Wow.  And I skipped those other turn-outs, yet stopped at this one.

I’m reminded of a similar incident.

While camped at Clark Canyon Reservoir south of Dillon, Montana, a few years ago, the original crew and I venture to the other side of the reservoir.

On an interpretive sign I read that Sacajawea was reunited with her Lemhi Shoshoni people after guiding Lewis and Clarke.  The date was August 17, 1805.

I’m reading that sign about 200 years later and the date?

August 17!  

(You can read the blog post by following this link:  “Camp Fortunate”.)

We emerge from Wind River Canyon.

We pass Boysen Reservoir and the state park.  Determined to put miles behind us, I push on.

I’m concerned about the weather.  Early morning lows are dipping into the low 30s and even the high 20s.

I could’ve ordered a new Wave 3 heater from Amazon and arranged for it to be sent to the Riverton UPS customer center for pick-up today.  However, my last experience with this particular UPS facility deterred me.

As we approach Riverton, I recall driving through this town in 2014.

I remember how Bridget sat quietly on the passenger seat beside me, the bench seat terribly empty without our Spike.  Both of us broken-hearted.

Previously I thought, whenever in this part of Wyoming again I’ll visit Spike’s grave.  I’ve come to the realization that I shouldn’t do that.  Camping there and reliving that terrible week would be too sad and difficult and serve no good purpose.

Besides, Spike’s spot will be covered in snow by morning.

Pushing those thoughts from my mind, I keep us moving, moving, moving toward Lander. We will stay at Sinks Canyon State Park and continue our run from the cold in the morning.

Campsite at Sinks Canyon State Park, Lander, Wyoming

After the sun goes down, so does the air temperature . . . .

Windows and vents closed, I heat up a can of chicken and rice soup for supper.  I share with the crew, of course.  They gobble up the warm chicken chunks which serve as appetizers for their bowl of kibble.

For those of you who are wondering . . . .

No, identical dishes do not keep Roger happy at his own dish.  He watches Reggie eat. As soon as Reggie stops eating his kibble, Roger takes over and finishes what Reggie leaves behind.  Then I pour Roger’s kibble into Reggie’s dish.  It’s the only way I can get Roger to eat his own food!

Night falls on our campsite.

I dress Reg and Rog in their fleece suits before putting them to bed.  I also add the comforter to the folded quilt.  This will form a cozy cocoon for the three of us.

The Best Little Trailer is pelted by rain and then hail, driven by the wind whipping through Sinks Canyon.

Slipping under the covers I notice that Reggie and Roger have warmed up the bed, like a pair of hot potatoes in the olden days.

As I fall asleep . . . .

Hoo-boy. . . Another day of driving tomorrow . . . . This is what I get for lingering in Montana and at Bighorn Canyon.  Well, it was worth it.  This race against the weather is not my kind of full-timing, but, gosh, the boys and I had so much fun . . . 



Roger and Reggie in their dreams

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112 Responses to Wind River Canyon on our pursuit of warmer weather

  1. Pam from Wisconsin says:

    Amazing scenery for anyone who likes mountains! I like the canine “scenery”. Happy Sunday Sue and Crew!

  2. Virginia620 (AL) says:


  3. Jolene/Iowa says:

    This area is so beautiful!! I wondered if you might feel that way when you got near where Spike or Bridgett were. I know I would feel the same way. It would be reopening an old hurt. They live in your heart and ours forever!

    And another note, if Sue’s blog happens to shut down, maybe bookmark one of her Amazon links now so you can find it in her absence!

  4. Nora now in Canyon Lake TX says:

    I’ve been wondering when the weather would catch up to you. To miss it I headed back to Texas weeks ago. I hate cold weather. The nights in the 50s this summer were a little too cool for me! Glad you have fleece for the pups. I love having them cuddle close on cool nights; it’s the only thing that makes putting up with a cold nights worth while.

  5. ThatCase says:

    This is a “shake your head with a huge grin” post. Thank you for that.

  6. Beth and Rosie dog, near Congress, AZ says:

    Hi Sue, R&R,
    Runnng from the cold doesn’t sound fun. Drive safely, watch out for the loonies (careless drivers)! Even in the desert not too far from Phoenix we went from HOT to cool in one night. Our days have been pleasant and as the sun drops behind the mountains so does our temps. Great sleeping weather, a little chilly in the morning, but I’d prefer that than hot. Where I’m staying is 5-15° cooler than Phoenix, yay! Be careful. I’ve noticed the increase in traffic as the snowbirds are returning south and I’m between two small towns!
    I do hope you get your heater in your BLT this year.
    Hope you don’t get spammed again. That’s a bite! Yuck!
    You’re in my prayers!

  7. Jo in CA says:

    I also love that area. I camped near you at Fiddlers Lake campground for the eclipse. Lots of moose 🙂

  8. chas anderson says:

    Getting cold here in PA also.High 20’s tonight.Closing up my Adirondack Cabin next week for sure.After Christmas the Class C heads for AZ.I am ready for it.Eddie loves his cousin Chili.They run and run like the R and R boys.

  9. Carlene and corky from SLC says:

    I hope your techy problems are better… If from the outside world why can’t they leave good people alone. I just don’t get it!

    I too heading west thru Wyoming about 10 days ago had to press on some long days to beat out an incoming storm which would have delayed arrival into Salt Lake City 3-5 days. So glad we made it here. Also good to be off the road for the last 10 days. With more storms moving in I’m heading towards New Mexico…

    Wishing you and Reg and Rog safe and warmer travels…

  10. Kathy N in Michigan says:

    I love getting a post on Sunday-thanks for that. i hope you find warmer weather soon, we are having a cold spell here before the winter steps in full time. Hoping for an Indian Summer in MI. It is a sweet moment to remember Spike and Bridgette, albeit sad. R&R will keep things busy. Safe travels

  11. Cat Lady back home in Baton Rouge, La. says:

    I think about Spike and Bridget often, too. Miss those babies but it does no good to dwell on it. We just have to enjoy the moments we have with them. Glad ya’ll are headed to warmer climes. Safe travels.

  12. Renee from Idaho says:

    I SO enjoyed reading this reliving our trip in 2015 in that area.

  13. Deena in Phoenix says:

    I like the dreams of Reg and Rog…

    I have to say that I learn from you every time I read your blog…be it about the land, flora, fauna, animals (yea for horses and cows though my favorite livestock is sheep), I truly enjoy searching for info on the people you bring us. Dr. Pugh is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. One of my daily things is to read about our Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery and National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. I’ve relatives in both and as a young child my Dad said to Never Forgot the lives that helped give us our Freedom…so he taught us about stone rubbing and at the time it also taught us about researching…now I use google but I still go to the library just because I love books.

    You bring back wonderful memories talking about ya’ll creating a nice warm cocoon for yourselves…

    If your blog disappears, we will be slightly alarmed (we do love you, you know) but I for one will be patient till you return…safe travels and may your computer gurus work swiftly.

    Take Care, Sweet Sue, Reggie and Roger

  14. Chris B and Diego says:

    Hi Sue – I agree with you about lingering around the campgrounds that you like. You never know what you will run into next, so you must live in the present and stay in those enjoyable “for sure” areas and not be lured by the next stop. We just got back from a week long camping trip and I wish that we would have stayed at campground #1 rather than moving to campground #2 in the sweltering heat of Arizona. Should have stayed in #1 longer but that “we’ve never been to the other one” thinking that made us move.
    I just had my Social Security Birthday! That’s something to celebrate!!! I get a raise! The bummer is that I missed the Senior Pass cutoff date in August by 16 days, but at least they didn’t put a stop to them. I love the 1/2 price campsites!

    Keep warm!
    Chris B

  15. LeeJ in Northern california says:

    I have a friend from Lander that reads your blog, bet he enjoys this one!

  16. Lauri says:

    Hi Sue!!!! I have some “ME” news!!……. I just got my trailer delivered YESTERDAY!!!!! It’s sitting in our front yard. We plan to get a portion of it cemented for longer-term storage until I’m ready to venture off.

    Tons of work to renovate this 20’ toy-hauler into an art studio. But I’m sooooo excited! I know you, (and anyone else that’s been there) know the feeling!!!

    Great story, serendipity…… funny how the universe works! Thanks for keeping us all updated!! Look forward to the next one.

    • Dawn in Asheville says:

      Congratulations Lauri! I know how excited you must be – and turning a toy-hauler into an art studio – that sounds very cool. Look forward to hearing about your progress 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Congratulations, Laurie! Whoo-Hoo!! Have fun customizing your art studio on wheels! 🙂

    • Congratulations, Laurie! What brand of toy hauler did you get? I can’t walk long distances, so I’m very interested in finding something that would let me tote along a 4-wheeled scooter that looks more like a toy, than for a disabled person. I think a toy hauler would be my best bet, …but thinking I’d like some opinions! Thanks so much!

      • mostlylost says:


        Hey Becky,

        We looked at a lot of toy haulers and discovered many have ramps that are very steep, making it hard to load any vehicle. We’ve seen a couple of people who have solved the scooter problem by getting a scooter than can fold down into the back of a small SUV, which they tow behind their motorhome. We also saw one couple who got a small landscape trailer (the kind you load a riding lawnmower on) and towed the scooter that way. Hope that info helps 🙂

    • mostlylost says:

      Congrats! An art trailer sounds awesome : )

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great news, Lauri! I’m happy for you! 🙂

  17. Dawn in MI says:

    I think about Spike and Bridget a lot too. Especially Spike whenever I see a good soaking spot. And Bridgett whenever I see a dog in a stroller. Such a good crew. I’m sure they’re watching you and the boys and approving all the good times you’re showing them.

    I like that you visited the memorial stone an the anniversary of the death of the man from the church. It’s nice to think people will read the stone and think about him if only for a moment. That’s what any family wants when someone they love is killed on the road. For people to stop and think about the person.

    • AZ Jim says:

      Sweet memories linger in my mind as well.

    • Jean in Southaven says:

      I think that Spike had a hand in sending the new crew to our RVSue. I think he picked Reggie out. I expect Bridgett had a paw in getting Roger in just the right place at just the right time also.

  18. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    HI Sue,
    Love the mountain photos and R & R looking out the window at the scenery. Hate that you are racing the winter cold though. It is beautiful here for the time being, in the mid 50’s at night and high 70’s during the day, with a slight breeze. Lovely for dog walking.
    We sat outside this afternoon with Angel on her tether. She was roaming the yard and the next I know here she comes for a drink of water, minus her harness and tether. This is the second time this summer she has gotten out of it, not good! Thankfully she has not run off, but if she sees kids or folks she knows, it may be a different story.
    Safe travels to you and the pups.

  19. Susan in Dallas says:

    Well, if you’re in the market for some heat I will gladly send you some from Dallas. We have plenty. I’ll be here waiting in case the blog goes down. Not only cattle, but no other animals in your scenic drive. Maybe soon.

  20. Joe Bruner says:

    Love the pictures of the Canyons. Can’t blame you for lingering at Bighorn…the solitude is special. Stay warm.

  21. Anna from NC says:

    Gotta love a snuggly bed warmed by pups! Though at my home, I love a really cool bedroom burrowed under covers between my dog and my husband.
    Great pics as always.
    Have a blessed day.

  22. Ruthie in Fontana says:

    It is serendipity! I was getting ready to comment on your serendipity with the marker about Reverend Pugh and I looked up and read Lauri’s comment about serendipity. I love it when you give us a link to the past blog. Hope your spam does not mess up the blog. I think I have the “geek’s” on speed dial sometimes, so frustrating. Take your time, I have your blog bookmarked and I can go back to read the past. Keep searching for warm weather.

  23. Great post and pictures of the Canyon Sue, yes it’s cooling down and the truck is waiting for its own new heater core to be picked up tomorrow and be put in for the Winter ,,, it was 40* this morning here,,, Soon I’ll need a electric heater for our home and a hot plate,,,, have a great week and stay safe and give them babies of yours a huge hug from us too,,, 👣👣🐾

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      Good to hear from you RUSTY! Stay warm!

      • Thanks Geri, just think that just 16 years ago I was living in a 10 oz canvas tent in the winter with a 8lb wood stove and never froze, but got used to it and surivived, must be in my blood , huh,, I’ve gone from wood heat to gas or LPG to electricity to stay warm, but most of all, I still love wood heat, one gets warm 4 times with wood, getting, cutting, stacking and burning,,,,👣👣🐾

        • Gloria in Prescott, Az. says:

          We went through Kentucky last year and really thought it was a great state. I hope you will tell us how the winter is there. I am so glad you got a place that isn’t subject to VA rules. Freedom is never to be taken for granted IMO.
          We have been thinking of adding that first way to keep warm to our exercising program here in Prescott. Have to get to the Forest Service Office to get a permit soon. And I certainly agree, wood heat is the BEST!
          It was great to get to know you. Take care. Gloria

    • Diann in MT says:

      Rusty. You are the ultimate survival artist. You could manage to live in any circumstances, I’ll bet.
      Anyway. Good to hear that you have found a safe place for now. God bless.

  24. Pat from Mich. says:

    I love R&R’s adventures. I’ll bet a lot of people think they are littermates. That is a beautiful river. I always wanted to live near the ocean or a lake or a river. Instead, I hae mud puddles when it rains, sigh.

  25. Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

    Sorry about all the spam and other BS troubling you! Darn it! As much as I have enjoyed your summer camps, I am looking forward to seeing the desert again! Can’t help it, I love it all!
    We just got the tarps back up over our glass room and here we are in the middle of 70mph wind gusts, so Chuck is out there trying his best to make sure everything is secure! It will be all over by tomorrow, sheesh!
    Hug the fur babies from us! We love ta! Stay WARM snuggled with R&R!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You Floridians are tough!

      Hugs to you and Chuck…

      • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

        😁 💗💝💜 😁 a heart for each of you!
        They lied! Still very windy today with 25 mph gusty winds! sheesh!

  26. Millie says:

    We were in our little T@G this weekend cozy as the temps dropped into the upper 40s – nothing like you’re dealing with Sue but chilly for NC!

    Good luck with the blog and spam issues – wish people would spend their time and energy on solving world problems and leave you and the blogorinos alone!

  27. Chuck says:

    I just realized it has been 50+ years sin s I went thru the canyon and it was magnificent then! R & R eating is like Radar and Tater! Hope no problems with the trolls. Be safe!

  28. Jan NH says:

    The canyon is breathtaking.
    Interesting how Roger will only eat from Reggie’s dish. I guess it’s a good thing he at least waits until Reggie is finished and that Reg isn’t a grazer!
    I’m guessing you have made it to warmer climates by now so hope the travels were safe and the nights not too cold.

  29. Your reminiscing about Spike brought a tear of understanding. Three weeks ago our beloved Australian Shepherd, Taz, our traveling companion the past 11 months and our life companion the past eight years, was hit and killed by a car. Broken hearted. We laid her to rest on Guardsman Pass above Park City, Utah in a aspen grove. The next day it snowed and we were glad for the blanket to cover her. We will return here next summer, but we will not revisit her grave. It has been a painful few weeks.
    You serve as inspiration, as we will remain open to rescuing (or being rescued) by another canine friend. But the ones who have gone before always remain special in our hearts.
    As always, I enjoy reading your travels and escapades. I especially liked the story about the hot springs. I was one of those who said, “What??!! You didn’t go in the hot springs?” I have been looking for a hot springs all year.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      I am so sorry that you lost your beloved Taz, Martha. **hugs**

    • Dawn in NC says:

      I am so so sorry Martha. It is heartbreaking to lose a beloved family member like that. I admire you keeping an open heart to welcome another rescue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Dear Martha…. I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved Taz. I wish I could relieve you of the heartache.

      God bless you.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      How sad, Martha…hope your broken hearts feel some comfort soon!! SO hard to loose them!! And Aussies are also great pets!!

    • Sandi Lierley says:

      Sending hugs from one who knows the pain of loosing one that way. Dang

  30. Penny says:

    Penny from Utah (and Baja)
    We’ve stayed several times at the Forest Service campground just up the road from where you stayed. (1/2 price with senior pass) Across the road is a popular rock climbing wall. Last fall I couldn’t hike so I spent the day watching a group from Colorado go up and down (and up and down) There is some easy hiking across the river. Have you driven further up the canyon? There is a nice loop you could do next time.
    We just got back from 3 months traveling up through Alaska and up to the arctic circle. 11,000 miles total. Great trip but I never want to do that much driving again. I find it restful to read your laid-back blog and see your 2 dogs have so much fun together.

  31. Cynthia from San Clemente says:

    Sue – I can take a not-so-wild guess at why you may have been feeling sad/melancholy. You have had a couple of tough anniversary dates recently and those can be so tough. Plus, there is something about autumn that always seems a little sad to me. Your decision not to visit Spike’s spot is probably a good one. He isn’t really there – he is in your heart and the hearts of your dog-loving blogarinos, in the wonderful photos you took of him and her Highness, and he is waiting for you in another place. I am so glad you had enough love left in your heart for R&R because they both need you as much as you need them.

    The photos are spectacular of the canyon are spectacular. I did have problems trying to post a comment yesterday – thanks for letting us know what to expect so we don’t have to worry about you.

  32. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I think you are wise to continue on without stopping at the gravesite. While doing geneology, I have enjoyed finding kin’s graves…but these are folks I never even met. The loved ones I have had to part with…nope neither of us have a desire to see the graves. I hope you miss the snow in driving at least, Sue…

    We met up with old friends today…had been 15 yrs since we were last together…it was SO wonderful…we have had so many hard places the last couple years…so nice to be with ones we simply pick up where we last left off with…he was our best man…and we have known him for many years, though her too since they married about 43 yrs ago. We need a few good days like this once in awhile.

  33. Diann in MT says:

    Sue. I travelled this route from Colorado to Montana a number of times. It was my favorite part of the journey. I often wondered, many years ago, why all the people were camped in the after bay area. Jeeze. Those were boondockers! Heck! So much I have learned while I grew older and wiser.

    Your resolve to find the next best camp is encouraging. How do you do it???

    I so respect your feelings regarding Spike’s resting place. I know. I know. God Bless.

  34. Wonderful to see the beautiful Wind River Gorge again!!

    Tessa whines sometimes in the Jeep, but so far never in the motorhome on travel days. I wish she could speak human for just a minute so we’d know what that whine is all about!

    We’re seeing temps under 30 tonight with snow forecast for the first couple hours of morning here in Torrey, Utah. But the next ten days are all high 60’s and no more freezing so we’ll hang in here. Hope you’ve found dry and warm weather where you are now!

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      If you are in or near Torrey Utah now, please treat yourself to Fishlake Road! The autumn aspens are beautiful there and the drive is one of the best we experienced!

  35. Marysia says:

    I very seldom post but read all your posts! Love all of them.

    Commenting today, because on September 14, we were not too far from Lander, and Sinks Canyon. High in the Winds on the other (west) side of the Continental Divide at 10,450 ft. On our 9 day long backpacking journey. Sleeping in our tent with our two JRTs. We were dealing with major storms, rain, hail, and then snow. It was hard night. The mountains were telling us that it was time to get down.

  36. David Reed says:

    I don’t understand the problem with the Wave 3. I’ve had the same one for close to 30 years and it went through 3 vehicles. It’s sitting in storage now cause I just figured it was time to replace it even though it was working ok when removed. So I guess they can leak, yours does, maybe I just got lucky in mine. Don’t know.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dave,

      My Wave 3 probably would’ve lasted for many more years if I hadn’t abused it. The crack in the metal tube inside the heater occurred due to impact by something heavy flying in the BLT while the BLT was being towed over very rough roads.

  37. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    I think old man winter is going to be early this year! Your sleeping arrangements sounds comfy and warm! Rog has moved up to the bed! Stay warm! A bowl of soup sounds yummy!

    Deciding not to visit Spike’s grave….he is with you ALL the time, wherever you are! Same with Bridgee baby. I am a firm believer that..when you think of someone or a pet who has passed…it is really them letting you know they are okay. It’s hard on the heart missing them…trust me…we all know! Saddened to read about Martha’s Aussie, Taz.

    Stay warm…Colorado has snow….the autumn colors in NY have reached their peak, drive safe!

    Hopefully the spam issue is rectified soon…as I’ve always said….we’re not going anywhere!

    Hugs to you and the crew!

  38. Beautiful post…I’ve traveled that road many years ago with a friend. My friend told me the river runs north. I didn’t believe her so I made her stop and sure enough the river was flowing north. I miss Spike and Bridget too.

  39. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful scenery. Sorry that you are having to deal with spam issues. If you have to temporarily shut down the blog to resolve the issues, we will be here when you get back. 🙂

    Sending up some extra prayers for safe travel for you. I know your heart is heavy, missing Spike and Bridget. They are always with you… **hugs**

    Sending you, Reggie, and Roger love and hugs from me and Gracie pup. Take good care of yourself. I am glad you have two little heatalators to warm your bed! 🙂

  40. Sue S in PNW says:

    I miss “Canine Corner” by Spike and Miss Bridget.

  41. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    Love the canyon photos. What a gorgeous place!

    I especially love the pic of Reggie and Roger looking out of the PTV together.

    I hope you are warm and toasty wherever you are this night. The seasons have shifted and the cold cometh.

    I sense tiredness and still some lower mood. Perhaps as you get repositioned and rest you’ll feel better. It was wise to bypass Spike’s grave. It must have made you also think of Bridgette.

    Sorry you are having spam trouble. Let’s hope it doesn’t bother your blog.

    Sending hugs and well wishes to you.

  42. Chaunte in West TN says:

    The pictures are absolutely breathtaking! I feel like I’m standing there. Can hardly wait to see where your adventures take us next!

  43. Eileen says:

    The photos are beautiful. I see you’ve been at Landers, WY. Have you read any of Joe Hutto’s books? If not, I think you would enjoy them.

  44. Praying for all who was affected at the Western Country Concert last night in Las Vagas, Nevada and their families ,,,,,,

  45. Dawn in NC says:

    Sue, I hope you are feeling better and more rested. Please take care of yourself! I am sorry that you have to deal with these nasty spammers. We will all be here waiting, if the blog needs maintenance.

  46. MelindaK (back in Central TX) says:

    Love the photos! Another great post, thank you.

  47. Jean in Southaven, MS says:

    Wind River Canyon is still beautiful. There was a time I drove thru there on a regular basis. Glad that you are doing ok now. Fall with it’s shorter daylight hours can really affect our mood sometimes. I love the fall but I tend to worry about thing more this time of year.

    I think you made the right decision to not go to Spikes grave. Too sad a place. Look forward with the boys and just remember the good times with Spike and Bridgett.

    Thank you for taking us along with your travels. I know you get tired.

  48. suzicruzi from Van, WA. says:

    Hiya Sue and canine kids, It’s me, I’m here, I’m just not commenting much. I enjoy your stories immensely though, and I’m still preparing for full-time next Summer. In the mean time, I’m trying to stay “up” despite the weather change here and the thought of facing yet another Winter before we get to dig out. It’s not so much the Winter months, as there is beauty in the Winter sky for sure. And no, occasional cold is okay too. It’s the endless grey, and very rainy months that I am dreading. Hopefully, this will be our last! YAY!

    Funny (not “ha ha” funny) you should mention spam. Ugh! Recently my email address was somehow sold to a group of porn a**hats, and I’m getting up to 50 spam, porn type emails per day. I’m SO mad!! I don’t feel I’ve been hacked, and I don’t see damage to any of my social media accounts (yes, plural, don’t hate me!). Just nasty email, and it’s a real PITA to say the least! Larry and I are still trying to get it squared away. I mentioned this because I was commiserating with you, in case you have to shut down due to spam. It’s just really no fun at all. Fact of life though, for us willing to be connected on the internet.

    We’ve been moving along selling and donating our worldly possessions. Luckily we have had time to do this with some thought as to where we want our things to go; sell, give to friends/family, or donate to my fav charity- the Humane Society’s thrift shop. The condo is beginning to really look bare. What I’m already liking is the ease of keeping our place clean and dusted. Most all the UFOs are gone, or packed, so not so much dusting. Lots of furniture and accent items gone, so vacuuming is easier and there’s less to move out of the way for deep cleaning. I still struggle about art, and some treasured “things”, but I feel the process is getting easier and easier as we go. We don’t have family anywhere near close, nor any children to leave things with. So, as we go, we still have a few dilemmas, but we will work through those I’m sure. The prospect of living on the open road is just such a motivation for us in general. I love reading the Minimalist lifestyle blogs, and imagining myself having nothing more than what can fit in a van and Casita. We are not young, so when we no longer can live on the road, we will have to figure that out when the time comes. We don’t have a plan B. Right now, we don’t want one.

    Good luck to you and the boys Sue. Thanks again for all you do to keep us drawn in to your daily stories. Your photos and stories of your days are fun to get lost in! Cheers!

  49. BadgerRickInWis says:

    No need to visit because he’s not there.

    He’s with you everyday riding along in your heart and in the hearts of the thousands of others that knew him through your words, pictures and love.

    Keep movin’ girl and stay warm.

    • Anna from NC says:

      Truest words I’ve read today! I think most of us carry a lost loved one in our hearts and sweet memories!

  50. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Blogorinos!

    Thanks for joining us here. I wish I could reply to every comment but it’s very difficult for me to do that. I do care about you and your news and I’m grateful for you.

    Guess what? Today is AZ Jim’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM!

    October is a big birthday month at RVSue and her canine crew. Several readers celebrate birthdays this month. Feel free to let us know if you’re one of them!

    Bye for now,

  51. Lovely post Sue. I enjoyed your scenery commentary. I hope to be a snow-bird again this time next year, when we will probably follow the same route you have taken, hopefully without the snow.
    Reg n Rog must be really cute in their warm jammies. I would love to see a photo of them (all cuddled up). Safe travels on your frantic rush to the warmer southern climes.

  52. Lee says:

    Hi Sue and crew, the pictures are amazing, every time I read a post I mark another location to go to post retirement, its often with a deep sigh. Retirement seems so far away, but its coming, every day its a little closer.

  53. weather says:

    There was a 98.175 chance that you wouldn’t have seen both that sign and that plaque on the dates mentioned on them. I don’t think it was mere coincidence that you did. Sacajawea, Reverend Pugh and you have been guides. Her for Lewis and Clark as they went through uncharted territory. He was a minister, they guide people on spiritual journeys. You’ve been guiding your readers through territory they weren’t familiar with yet for years. You’ve often been led to the right place and time to make connections-with creatures and creation…

    Honestly, I’m relieved that you decided not to visit Spike’s grave. I understand why people visit graves and am glad that works well for them. In my experience letting memories, happy or sad, come by happenchance is nicer. Intentionally inviting them disrupts the balance time brings. My time, and I think yours, too, is better spent enjoying those still in this world. I can imagine your contented sigh as you were slipping under the covers with Reggie and Roger. I hope you’ve been able to slow down the pace between camps recently.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your first paragraph intrigues me, weather. You are a master at making connections. As for me, I’m proud to be included with Sacajawea and Rev. Pugh… an honor! Thank you. 🙂

      Reg, Rog, and I are very comfortable tonight although we haven’t slowed our travel much. Today was a travel day and tomorrow will be also. Cold weather is chasing us!

      I hope you and all the blogorinos sleep well tonight.

  54. Li says:

    I laughed out loud at the likening of the two hot potatoes. So cute. It makes the heart of every pet owner skip a beat or two to read about Spike and Bridget and remember our own pets. Their memories do accompany us wherever we go. Sorry to read about the spam. That’s a stinker! Safe travels and I hope you reach the warmth.

  55. Jo in OR says:

    Beautiful pictures, love the memories of Spike and Bridget…bitter sweet. Love the pictures of Reg and Rog. Safe travels!

  56. KG Dan says:

    Hi, Sue
    We departed on our much awaited winter adventure on Tues, Oct. 3. First night in parking lot of Wildhorse Casino just outside Pendleton, Ore. We were excited that I was able to ride in a sitting position the whole way.

    On day 2 we backtracked 5 miles & got on 395 going south. Very slow travel through absolutely beautiful country. Very curvy, up & down roads but so scenic. Lots of NF camps. Stayed in Burns, Ore. At Apple Peddler restaurant parking lot which is free if you ask permission. We had great spicy Philly steak soup there.

    Day 3 was a huge contrast. Wide open spaces, beautiful sunny day as we headed down hwy 78 & then 95 to arrive in Winnemucca, NV. Parked in free parking at Winners Casino overnight. GREAT breakfast at The Griddle.

    Today headed to Reno for 3 days to visit a widowed camping buddy who was stricken with Parkinson’s and just moved into assisted living.

    We are savoring every mile.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      This is fantastic, Kathy! I’ve been wondering since Monday if you were rolling down the highway…. I can’t tell you how happy I am for you and Gil!

      Love the update! Savor on, dear one. Savor on… 🙂

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