“Wow! That’s a lotta’ fish!”

Wednesday, April 22

1-P1040306-001Salmon Falls Reservoir, Idaho

The crew and I walk the lane to the boat ramp area.

There are a few campsites near the water’s edge, as indicated by rock fire rings.  People who fish like these sites.

1-P1040409Put out a camp chair, grab the rod, tackle box,  and a beverage of your choice, and you’re all set!

We walk over to the docks.

It’s a warm and breezy day, although Bridget and Reggie give the impression they are facing into an arctic blast.

1-P1040414A truck proceeds to back down the boat ramp.

It doesn’t have a boat or a boat trailer.  Hmm . . . What’s this all about? 

Then I see the writing on the side.  A man gets out.

“Hi,” he greets us, sporting a wide smile.

“Hi,” I respond.  “You’re unloading fish today!  Mind if I take pictures?”

“No, not at all.  Go ahead.  It might be better on the other dock.”

“Oh yeah, and the sun is better that way.”

1-P1040416-001Two men back their boat trailer alongside the fish hatchery truck.

They jump out and come over to watch, too.  Of course, we have questions, and the cheerful man from the fish hatchery is happy to answer!

As he goes about his work, he explains that he’s going to drop 1,400 rainbow trout, each one close to 12 inches in length.

1-P1040417“These are tagged trout.”

1-P1040418The tags have a phone number.

“We want the angler to call and answer a few questions . . . stuff like where it was caught, size, how aggressive . . . It’s so we can best serve the customer.  Some of the tags carry fifty dollar rewards.”

He adds that Idaho is one of the few states that has a program like this.

1-P1040419The other two bystanders come around to the dock where Bridget, Reggie and I are standing.

Anticipation mounts as the truck rolls further down the ramp and into the water.

1-P1040420I have a firm grip on the crew’s leashes as I focus the camera on the end of that pipe.

Here they come!

1-P1040421-001Zooming in closer . . .

1-P1040422-002From tank to wide open water!

1-P1040423The orange tags are attached to each fish’s dorsal fin. 

“How do you get the tags on the fish?” a man asks.

“It’s done by hand.  We have people who are pretty good at it,” the hatchery man replies.

The fish swim near the dock.

1-P1040427There they go . . .

“Next Monday or Tuesday,” the hatchery man continues, “there’s gonna’ be a big truck coming here to unload fifteen thousand more.”

“What?” the bystanders and I exclaim.  “Fifteen THOUSAND?”

“Yep . . . .Well, fourteen thousand five hundred, to be exact.”

I smile to myself. 

What is it about fish that makes us exaggerate?

1-P1040426“More trout, about 12 inches, not tagged though.”

“Wow!  That’s a lotta’ fish,” someone remarks.

The hatchery man stores the pipe and is about to leave.  I thank him for explaining everything for us.

“You have a neat job,” I add.

Opening the door of his truck, he turns and grins at me, “Can’t complain!”


NOTE:  Follow this link to learn more about the Hagerman National Fish Hatchery, and to see the size of the truck required to deliver 14,500 live fish.  I hope to see it when it arrives here!

Also see a recent news article about the tagging program:  “Tagging Aims to Get More Hatchery Trout onto Anglers’ Lines”


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208 Responses to “Wow! That’s a lotta’ fish!”

  1. Janis Harrison says:


  2. Janis Harrison says:

    Lucky you to get to watch the release

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We happened to walk to the boat ramp at the perfect time. 🙂

      • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

        Reminds me of a day at Jenks Lake in So. Cal. Cute little 5 yr old boy was fishing with his miniature fishing pole, nothing much happening. Then in comes the fish hatchery truck and out fly the fish in a torrent of water just like in your photo.

        “Daddy, look! Let’s fish over THERE!!”

  3. Sue says:

    Been following your blog, but have never commented. Had to this time!! Used to live in Twin Falls and worked for Fish & Game, so it’s fun to see this familiar location and fish truck. Great area to explore. Enjoy!!

  4. Linda Rose & the 4 M's says:

    Wow, I’ve got to go to Idaho!! I love to fish. Will have to check into how much an out of state fishing license is. I’m so glad you’re enjoying this camp. Bridget and Reggie look pretty content with the whole set up, eh?

    • 12.00 a day….just got one in March.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda Rose . . . We’re all content here. I hope you and the 4 Ms are, too!

    • Jolene says:

      Sometimes it is cheaper to buy a whole year out of state residence fishing license when you go to another state to fish if you are going to be there for a week or two.

      I remember a couple of vacations we took to Colorado and in the long run it was cheaper buying the year even though we were only going to be there 2 weeks.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good advice, Jolene. Gosh, $12 a day seems awfully steep. I had no idea… Thank you.

        • BadgerRickInWis says:

          I wonder how that works. The state of Idaho gets to keep the fishing license fee but the fish come from a National fish hatchery.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Maybe the state has to pay the national fish hatchery via the state hatchery? The state hatchery is near Twin Falls (Hagerman). Plus don’t the fees go to other “fish and game” stuff? I really don’t know. I admit I didn’t read every word of the second link I provided at the end of the post.

          • weather says:

            Eveyones taxes support the national hatchery.Yet the waters are “maintained” primarily by each state’s separate DEC unit.Fishing license fees go to the Department of Environmental Conservation in each state.As their programs and salaries are paid by state residents taxes,to ensure locals get their moneys worth,so to speak,non-resident permits are kept expensive to discourage water bodies being “fished out” by non-locals,pros etc. leaving those living there without.Pretty sure I have that straight,hope it helps and makes sense of why they do it that way.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              A much more informed answer than my “I really don’t know.” Hahaha! Thanks, weather.

            • weather says:

              You crack me up,Sue 🙂 As an added note re Jolene’s mention of price breaks for multiple days,when non-locals stay a while they support local business and economies,to encourage that the price is reduced -nice for everyone.

        • Jolene says:

          I just looked it up. For Idaho, if you are going to be there much longer than 2 weeks and fishing every day, then it will be cheaper to buy the year.

          It is $12.75 per day for the 1st day and then $6.00 per day for each consecutive day after the initial purchase.

          A yearly rate for non resident is $98.75 or $98 something, I have the website down now.

          So 10 days at 6 is 60 plus 12.75 for the 1st day. So you are at 11 days, and $72.75 so far, so only 4 more days and after that you go over the yearly rate. So if you are traveling and will be in a state and like to fish, much cheaper buying by the year.

          Each state is different but usually my experience has been that this is something to keep in mind even though you may not be there that long.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            I’m sure there are readers who appreciate the information, Jolene. Very helpful…

          • Jolene says:

            And for a comparison, I looked up Iowa non resident fees.

            NONRESIDENT FISHING (on sale Jan. 1, 2015)
            Annual 16 years old and older $41.00
            7-Day $32.00
            3-Day $17.50
            1-Day $10.50

            Trout Fee $15.00

            Here in Iowa, in addition to a fishing license, if you are trout fishing, you need the trout stamp. In Idaho, I didn’t see that. So it really varies from state to state on these fees.

            So there blogorino’s is far more than some of you may want to know about fishing fees. LOL

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              🙂 Thanks again, Jolene.

            • Mary in CO says:

              And in CO:
              9.00 first day
              5.00 each additional day
              10.00 for wildlife stamp if you fish a 3rd day.
              31.00 (includes wildlife stamp for 5 consecutive days
              Out of state resident year’s license:66.00
              Instate resident year’s license: 30.00
              And if you are resident and over the magic age of 65, just 1.00
              “All the info you’ll never need”
              And the date the fish hatchery comes to fill the 2 lakes near us is as big a deal as the 4th of July!

            • In California I pay $45.00 fresh water fishing for the season, for salt water fishing it is extra….

          • G says:

            I can buy a lot of fish at the store for that price. I miss out on the fun of fishing but cash in on the fun of guaranteed good eating 🙂

        • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

          $12 a day is only steep if you don’t catch anything! Don’t ask me how I know!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Free….we ALL like free.

      NY has a free date for fishing…no license required! June 27-28 2015

  5. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    Sooo cool! Most people would never get to see something like this! The guys with the boat must think they’ve died & gone to fisher’s heaven! Love the windswept expressions on Bridget & Reg. The last photo of Reg is priceless–he’s so handsome.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Dawn. I do love my handsome boy!

      Two fishermen came along immediately after the fish were dumped. They went to the end of the pier and dropped their lines. I didn’t hang around to see if they caught anything.

  6. Velda in Roseville Ca says:

    Well at least I’m 4th. Cant believe I’m up this early! Morning all. We are off to podiatrist for hubby check up.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Velda…. Hope all is well from the feet on up!

      • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

        New Podiatrist at VA, very nice, thorough guy. Mel’s has been a diabetic since 1989 and has always worked very hard at keeping under control. Has slight decrease in blood flow to right foot but good sensation in both feet. And that’s a feat to be admired, when diabetes is the largest cause of lower limb amputation in our country.
        That was a good start which led into a rather difficult day. First learned that the former owner of the Curves I go to died last Friday and he was at least 3 years younger than I am, then learned a long time friend at church was at church saturday for conference but Sunday told his wife he did not feel well, so was going to lay down for a nap, and when she checked he had died, and he too was younger than I am. Makes one appreciate life and health.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          It certainly does, Velda. I’m sorry for the sudden loss of your friends.

        • Dawn from Camano Island says:

          Gosh, Velda, I’m sorry to hear about the passing of those folks. It makes you glad to wake up in the morning & have your feet hit terra firma! You & your husband are so wise to see a podiatrist on a regular basis. I was getting a pedicure one day (much nicer than a manicure) & a woman came in with her elderly father. They both got pedis & go once a month. Her father had diabetes & it was foot care for him. Loved seeing him cared for so well by his daughter.

  7. Lee J in Northern California says:

    What a great story!
    Off to,the dentist, so I will check,later to see what’s happening with you and the blogorinos….
    Since,this,post is about an event a few days ago, I hope you were there to see the big release?

    Wow, just wow, what a ride you are having!

  8. AZ Jim says:

    Those trout are pan size. Catch ’em, clean ’em, fry ’em in bacon grease and lick your fingers after you have eaten ’em. Absolutely delicious. Makes me remember many of my old fishin’ days. Too bad we’re not like the 78 RPM records were, with a A & B side. We “play” our side A then just start over with side B. Nice post Missy! Hi to the crew…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      So true, Jim. When I think of all the dumb things I did… oh well, it’s how we learn, right?

  9. Pauline In Mississippi says:

    When the word gets out, that place will be teeming with fisherman!!!! That is a great program. Do you remember the fish hatchery just north of Cambridge? They had a program like that….wonder if they still do.
    Sending lots of love and big hugs to you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pauline… Sure, I remember. I think of you and the family often. Hope everyone is well . . . Love you!

  10. Diann in MT says:

    Thanks,Sue, for the adventure update! Not too often one gets to witness a fish truck. I love ID, WY, and MT!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Diann . . . Great timing, eh? Those are three of my favorite states, too… although I really do love them all. 🙂

  11. WOW, WOW, WOW, that’s a lot of FISH….do you know what that looks like to a fisherwoman such as myself, I am sooooo jealous I am not there that I could just spit!….Not able to go fishing until the end of May, but what a great shot of all the trout..but I also HATE fishing in a lake, I am a creek and stream fisherwoman…but that still makes my mouth water…..I hope the fish hatcheries in the Sierra Nevadas are doing the same thing in the upper lakes and streams….My kind of post today Sue, thank you for that!

    Good Morning to all my fellow RV Sue Nation followers.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Ha! I thought while putting this post together… “Here’s one for the fisher people.” I know how obsessed you can be! Hi, Shirlene… and good afternoon!

    • Dawn from Camano Island says:

      Here’s to a fellow fisherwoman, Shirlene! I L-O-V-E to fish–have been fishing since I was a kid. Some of my best days ever have been spent fishing. If you’re creek & stream, you must be a fly fisher? I tried it but found that I’m more a boat fisher. I’d enjoy hearing about your best fishing day ever.

  12. Toni says:

    Talk about being in the right place at the right time! I love this!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Toni…. I’m pleased you liked this post. After the hatchery truck left, the crew and I walked back to camp. I said aloud to myself, “I can’t believe our timing. We almost walked to the boat docks earlier . . . “

  13. weather says:

    What a great photo op-incredible!Great job,as usual, with your camera of capturing it all,the “zooming in closer ” one especially.I’m glad the hatchery worker didn’t mind having his picture taken (no offense intended toward you,Bridget,you know I love you ) and was so nice about it all.I,too, hope you get the chance to be there for the next and larger stocking of that reservoir.The crew look at times as though they each need sunglasses , they are so-o cute together !!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, weather. Not only did the hatchery man not mind having his photo taken, he was more than happy to explain what he was doing and answer our questions. A person who loves their job is a delight to behold!

      I’m watching for the big truck to arrive today or tomorrow.

  14. Ron in Tx says:

    Here is a different twist on some states stocking programs. Several years ago they opened a new lake that had just been built, I saw the state truck back up to the ramp so I moseyed on over and as I talked to the fish and game guy I noticed his hand was bandaged and still bleeding a little.
    I ask him what happened and he told me what he was unloading, 500 baby alligators about 18 inches long. One of them had bitten him as they were loading. He told me there were so many carp in the new lake that they were hoping the gators would help reduce the population.
    You never know what they are going to unload in our lakes.
    PS I caught one a year later on a spinner bait that was 38 inches long so they were growing

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ron .. . . That’s quite a story! Gosh, you caught an alligator over a yard long on spinner bait? Yikes. Gee, it seems like stocking the lake with gators is trading one problem for a bigger one. Isn’t that a bit crazy? What did they do with all the alligators? Thanks for sharing this.

    • I hope you ate the gator! I was really surprised how good gator tail is when cooked on the grill! Boneless steak, tender and very tasty!

  15. BadgerRickInWis says:

    “What is it about fish that makes us exaggerate?”
    Easy, because the fish will never tell on us.

    My question is what is it about that little guys face that always makes me go AWWWWWWWWW?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick . . . . If I knew the answer to that question, I’d package it and sell it…. or Amazon would!

  16. Jolene says:

    I love everything about this post!! I am a fly fishing nut. I have fished since childhood, started fly fishing in my early 20’s and I am now 57. Have basically fished all my life. I love seeing this kind of support for fishermen in the area and it will draw people there to fish.

    To give you some perspective with those 1,400 that were released this day in what appears to be a pretty good sized body of water. Where I live, I have a county park about 7 miles from us. The whole park is 45 acres and the small lake is 9 acres. I think it was April 11th of this year they released about 12 to 1400 rainbow trout up to 20″ in length and last spring they did the same thing. So I am very excited about that.

    I am in the middle of rural America and I am so glad that the county and state have found water that will support a trout fishery so those of us who don’t live in the areas where they are native can still have some trout fishing fun without have to travel far.

    This is a beautiful area in Idaho. Loving this trip north this spring with you!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      Interesting perspective from the middle of the country. You’re in Iowa, right?

      I imagine the trout help the biological processes that keep the lake healthy. Your number of fish per cubic area of water is a lot higher than here, for sure! Happy fishing!

      • Jolene says:

        Yes, in Iowa. We also have trout stream in northeast Iowa that are managed by the state. They have a stocking schedule so the fisherman know when streams are going to be stocked there. There are a few streams that are brown trout that naturally reproduce but most are stocked by the hatcheries up there.

        This lake near me is managed by my county that I live in. They had fish brought up from a hatchery in Missouri.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Funny story about fish and Iowa.

          Driving across the country we arrive in Waukee. I have a serious craving for Long John Silvers. Why? Who knows?? cuz the only LJS I’ve eaten at was in Colorado.

          I fill up with gasoline and ask the clerk if there was a LJS close….she looked at me like I was speaking in another language! Hmmmm….. Guess not!

          • Jolene says:

            OmGosh CinandJules, I go through Waukee often on my way to Des Moines and suburbs, which Waukee is of Des Moines. Anyway, yes, there are a few Long John Silvers in the western suburbs where you were. I can think of one I know now in Urbandale and there used to also be one in West Des Moines. It would have been about a 15 minute drive from where you were in Waukee at the most but you could have had LJS. Yes, funny story.

  17. Deadeye says:

    You should grab a rod and reel and try your luck! Great eating and you could collect $50!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Don…

      You can travel vicariously with me and the crew, but you’ll have to do your own fishing. 🙂

  18. DesertGinger says:

    I feel sorry for the fish. If I ever fish, it is strictly catch and release. Although I do admit it is fun to have a fish on your line.

    Been wearing my big black knee brace all weekend, and I have to say I’m annoyed. I didn’t have my knee replaced, and go through all the trauma that followed my knee surgery, just to wind up back in a knee brace. So unfair!

    I wanted to go to the county fair, but didn’t, because of all the walking required. I guess I need to get a handicap scooter. How embarrassing.

    Today I want to get started on my piles of mail and filing. Yuck. And go to the gym. Have to start working on my knee muscles.

    I love that last pic of Reggie Man. He totally has a chihuahua face. I love the black around his eyes. That reminds me…I need to give my girl a bath too.

    Back to my chores! Later…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um… Are you saying Reggie needs a bath “too?” 🙂

      Sorry about the knee brace. I hope your knee muscles grow and strengthen quickly so you can give that thing to the thrift store.

    • Hi Ginger! I’m pretty much in the same boat as you but mine isn’t my knees, its my back. Severe spinal stenosis. But one thing that is helping me, might help you! Ski poles, or trekking poles! I can walk further with them than with my cane. Look in the recycle stores, like Goodwill, got my pair for $5.00 ! Good luck girl !

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      Handicap scooter, not embarrassing at all! Around here, we look at the shoppers scooting up and down the grocery store aisles and say, “How do we get one of them things?” They have right-of-way in the aisles and grandchildren hanging off the edges. Not bad, not bad at all!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      You can “manage” your condition or let it “manage” you! And the way you’ve handled everything that has been thrown at you…I’d say you’re a fighter!

      Don’t be embarrassed about a scooter…they are called mobility scooters! ANYWAY you can…girlfriend!

      Heads up…

    • Krystina Lompoc, CA says:

      Desert Ginger,

      You really have been put through the wringer…but you keep on keepin on!! Good for you. I have back problems, degenerate disc and scoliosis so I can’t walk very far. When I got on the road I HAD to buy a mobility scooter or I would not have been able to do anything. You have to do what you have to do. The biggest issue is getting it in and out of the basement in the RV. Thankfully it comes in 4 parts so I can manage it…mostly.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Don’t be embarrassed about using a scooter. they can be very NOW if you put your own stamp of style on it. A friend of mine had a mild mini-stroke a few years back. She had her scooter while recouping. She put travel stickers all over it! Yes, every place she went with it she would collect a sticker for it. Before she knew it it was pretty much covered with them. Sometimes when she felt let-down she would check out all the stickers and saw the places it had taken her to, places she would have missed if not for that scooter! It always lifted her up again! On the street, passers by would often comment how cool it was or give a thumbs up to her. You GO Girl and enjoy a fine scooter time 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      My mom fell and broke her leg years ago when we were going down to Southern CA and see the sights. She talked to my grandma in Idaho and asked her if she thought she should just cancel out on the trip and go home to Idaho. My grandma said you will feel miserable anyplace so go and try to enjoy the trip. Well, of course, she was waited on well by all of us and we got a wheelchair to see the sites. We were sent to the front of the line WITH HER, and got the very best seats and no waiting. I do think it helped her forget the discomfort some and we were all happy and having a good time. We all thought maybe someone should volunteer to need a wheelchair anytime we went to someplace like Disneyland, or such…heh, go straight to the head of the line, plus everyone with them!! So I hope this little cart will help you to get some extra nice perks Ginger as long as you need to be in it!!

  19. Wow…that’s really interesting!

    I wonder what the program at Roaring River, MO entails: http://mdc.mo.gov/regions/southwest/roaring-river-hatchery-and-trout-park

    That’s where my Dad lives, and where I usually RV to. It says they raise 250,000 fish every year.

    Looks like you got there at the right time, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cindy,

      It would be fun to find a fifty dollar reward at the end of a fishing line. How nice that you can RV near your father.

  20. Chuck says:

    Geri and I were in Spearfish, SD and got a tour of the oldest fish hatchery west of Mississippi. They were transported all over western U.S. in specially designed RAILcars. If you or any of the blogarinos are close, this is a must see.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Here’s a link: DC Booth Fish Hatchery

      A fish hatchery in Spearfish… 🙂

    • I agree with Chuck! This was the most interesting tour and I don’t even fish!!!
      Great post Sue! How lucky you were to be at the right place at the right time AND have your camera ready to roll! Very interesting that they release so many trout into a lake! I thought trout were river and creek type fish! I learned something today!
      Bridget does look trimmer and, well, Reggie can’t look anything but adorable! I am so glad those two have become a real crew!
      Thanks for the great photos and interesting story! I can’t wait to see the “BIG” truck of fish !!!

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Love your enthusiastic response to this post, Geri. Yes, I seem to have a knack for being in the right place….

        There are several types of trout (char) and they live in streams, rivers, lakes, and even in the ocean. If I’m wrong, Ed will correct me so stay tuned. Ha!

        • weather says:

          Do they swim facing east or west there? 😉

        • Jolene says:

          There are rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout that I know of. There could be more but those are the species I know of.

          • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

            Right, Jolene. I bought a trout calendar last Christmas for my significant other with these varieties pictured. I told him I just wanted him to see what a trout actually looks like!

          • Cut throat, in Utah Salmon Trout…so many fish, so little time.

            • Dawn from Camano Island says:

              I’ve never heard the term Salmon trout, Shirlene. At first, I thought they were Kokanee but I think those are salmon that live in lakes. Wikipedia says that salmon trout are rainbow trout–those are the ones we caught when I was a kid. So many fisheries are gone. When I was young, we could catch flounder in the bays & estuaries on the Oregon coast. They’re gone now. Sad.

  21. DebsJourney says:

    Hi Sue!
    Looks like another good camp and loved seeing them stocking that lake.
    Gee I can’t wait to get going. Had a open house on Sat and nobody showed up just me and the guy I’m working with. Needless to say I was bummed. Had one man walk thru the house yesterday but that was a nothing. It’s getting hot and humid in Florida already and I dread the thought of having to spend summer here.
    I have a cousin who takes care of a small horse ranch in Idaho and she wants me to come see her. I want to I really do!! Ok so time will tell and I am keeping the faith.
    Kat is moving to Tx on Thursday so that makes me kinda have the blues too.
    Always look forward to your blog showing up in my email. hugs

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, darn! I was hopeful that your open house would result in a buyer. Well, you may look back someday from your latest campsite and realize the delay was for a reason. Even so, it is difficult from where you stand now.

      “A cousin who takes care of a small horse ranch in Idaho”… Hmm… That’s an invitation worth considering!

      Hugs to you, too, Deb. That house will sell.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Hang in there Deb, I know how tough it is to be in transition and chomping at the bit to get going.
      As the saying goes, “when one door closes another one opens. But sometimes it’s hell in the hallway.”

    • Deb, you might want to consider auction! When the time came to sell my parents home in Winter Haven, I was so over it before it even began! I may have lost a couple of thousand in the bargain, but auction meant the buyer knew they were buying as is! They couldn’t come back in a few months with some complaint or another! The auction was over and money in my bank in about 2 weeks! Simple and I could get on with my life!

      • debsjourney says:

        That’s not going to happen. I need to get as much as possible for my home. My tiny nest egg.

  22. Sharon in MO says:

    What a fun adventure to watch the fish unloading! I hope you have been able to see the next delivery as well. This looks like a great place to camp.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sharon,

      The hatchery guy said the big delivery will be today or tomorrow. If I see the truck drive by the campground, I’m grabbing the camera, throwing the crew in the PTV, and zipping down to the boat ramp!

  23. Ann says:

    Another beautiful location and interesting post regarding trout. 🙂 Plus Bridget and Reggie are the cutest!

  24. Applegirl NY says:

    Honestly, Sue, you sure were in the right place at the right time again. Great post. Would love a frying pan full of those guys. I love to fish and cook fish, but I refuse to clean them, and since no one else in my family will clean them either, it’s usually catch and release for us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Applegirl,

      Right time, right place… It happened again! That truck appeared about 3 minutes after we arrived at the water and the unloading of the fish wasn’t more than 10 minutes.

  25. AZ Jim says:

    A quick childhood snapshot.

    In 1942 both my mom and dad were working in defense so they had to park me somewhere. The government had day care centers for kids like me. Thinking back the staff had to be just teenage girls. They fed us lunch each day and I’ll never forget the “pusher” rule. They furnished a small square piece of toast with each meal which they told us was for pushing food on our forks. The rule was, and they reminded us frequently, “DO NOT EAT THE PUSHER TILL THE MEAL IS FINISHED!! At the time, I assumed that nothing short of torture and possible death would be imposed should we forget and consume that little piece of toast.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know why this little story strikes me as so funny! Hilarious! All your life since that time you’ve carried that order in your brain… DO NOT EAT THE PUSHER!!!” I bet you think of it whenever you eat toast. 🙂

  26. Cinandjules (NY) says:

    Yum! I love rainbow trout! Nothing like fresh caught…

    Neat program…I hope they get some feedback!

    Reg Man looks like he has sleepy eyes!

    I’ll clean them for you AppleGirl! Our lake is stocked every year with trout…we have a fish fund. I’m kind of skeptical of eating something from the lakes up here. We catch and release also!

    • Cinandjules (NY) says:

      Fresh caught in CA….that is…….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s Reggie’s lovey look.

    • Applegirl NY says:

      I may have to take you up on that! You don’t eat the fish from up there? Do you think it may have a contamination issue? I should probably do some homework, but then again, because no one is cleaning them, it hasn’t been a problem.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        NY DEC states females under the age of 50 should not eat fish in the ADKs.

        Not that I fall into that age bracket…..

        I’ve seen changes in our lake in the 5 years that we’ve been here. I haven’t been IN the water for 2 years. Then again it could be that a snapping turtle the size of a garbage can lid was creeping near our dock. If AO goes swimming she gets a bath! But she really doesn’t like the water….not your typical Golden Retriever.

        • Applegirl NY says:

          I didn’t know that. I swim in the lakes all the time, mostly our small non motorized ones. I’m also on the other side of 50, and I doubt a couple fish meals a year would do too much harm – probably less chemicals than in a typical fast food mean – which I don’t eat. LOL.

          Amazing what you learn when you go along the road with RV Sue.

  27. PookieBoy north of houston says:

    oh my how i wish I was there………WHOO HOO!!
    Texas stocks a lot of lakes in Texas with rainbow trout in dec, jan and feb when
    it is cold enough for them to live……lot of small ponds are stocked so folks in that
    area can go catch a trout…limit of 5 per person per day……I usually eat good
    for a month or so….HA! I am usually there when they stock the fish as they
    are easy to catch because they are hungry…..Im more into eating than fishing…:)
    thanks for posting that great report and pics……

    • PookieBoy north of houston says:

      meant to add that Virginia has that program with their flounder…
      if you catch a tagged flounder you get a Virginia Parks and Wildlife
      hat for free….I have about 5 of them…..
      one of the perks of visiting my Navy son that lives out there….
      I believe they call flounder halibut out there cause they are so much
      bigger than Texas flounder….

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I caught several flounder in my pier fishing days in Florida. Lots of folks preferred to catch red snapper, but I was always looking to catch flounder. No hat given in Florida… darn.

        • PookieBoy north of houston says:

          guess I shouda said Gulf of Mexico flounder since they migrate out into the gulf every year….I do love baked stuffed flounder and so easy to fix….very few guts to clean out and no scales……yum, yum….

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Well, at the time the restaurants were serving up “blackened red snapper” and it was a big thing. You describe exactly why I wanted to catch flounder instead. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Chuck,

      I’m glad you liked this post. The fish are easy to catch upon release? I thought they’d be more difficult, stunned from the experience. Maybe those guys I saw at the end of the dock pulled in a few then. Fifty dollars and a fish in the pan… not bad!

      • PookieBoy north of houston says:

        my experiences with stocked trout is that if they are stunned they will find deeper water but the picture you showed of them up against the bank tells me they were hungry looking for food….drop a piece of corn on a small hook and you have a trout to eat….

  28. Barbara (from Nashville) says:

    Salmon Falls Reservoir is really lovely. I knew they stocked lakes, ponds, etc. but have never seen how they actually do that. Very interesting. Would love to see that big drop.
    The crew are so cute.
    Since kitty is gone, I am seriously thinking of getting a dog, but don’t know if I can afford one, as the expense of their care is much more than that of a cat. Plus I haven’t had a dog in a long time, so don’t know if I could handle the differences, like walking, playing with them, plus our neighborhood requires a leash at all times. But lots of folks around here have them. Oh well, Whatever happen, happens.

  29. Timber/Rusty on our way Northeast says:

    Oh Sue, Your post on the fish just made me so hungry and Timber n’ I are eating our Tuna with Veggies and Mac n’ Cheese Dinner, My mouth was a waterin’ so bad that Timber started drooling’ when I started opening the can of Tuna in water to put in the mix And of Corse Timber gets the juice in his dog food + a couple spoons of the mix too. That’s neat what some states do to get folks to Fish and your and all the blogerooos information is neat-o keen-o toooo,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, mmmm, mmmm

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That Timber knows how to get what he wants. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your dinner!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      We always added some human food to our dog’s food too…the kind they could have at least. I am sure they appreciated it!! 🙂

  30. Mick'nTN says:

    Hi RvSue, Any comments on “Whispers” ?

  31. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    Anybody got a net handy????

  32. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Why did you have to hold the crew’s leashes? Do you think they would have jumped in after the trout? That would have made a hysterical photo!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cynthia,

      I didn’t think of why at the time. It’s habit to keep the crew under control in unusual situations. Little Reggie, if he’s startled, reacts by going airborne. He’d fly right off that dock and I’d jump in after him!

  33. Jenny J says:

    Wow! that’s alotta fish!! you are in an area near and dear to my heart!! Spent a lot of time in Twin Falls and the surrounding area — Check out Lake Cleveland – its a great spot – remote but a great spot!! Enjoying your travels in the area

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Jenny J.

      Lake Cleveland is at 8,200 feet. It’s so cold there that the campgrounds don’t open until July.

  34. Dawn in MI says:

    Well THAT was interesting! Who knew!? I have heard of stocking lakes but never thought about how they did it. Very cool.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Dawn . . . . .I hadn’t given it any thought either. A learning experience for both of us…

  35. Jim Swan says:

    Have been following your blog for a long time I think this is my first comment. We are fulltimers going on 13 years. In our home town in western New York about 60 miles south of buffalo we have a state fish hatchery that turn out about 100,000 lbs of fish per year. If any one is interested in more info. Just go to yahoo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to comments, Jim! Thank you for following my blog. Full-timing for almost 13 years… Wow! I hope I’m blessed with that many years on the road. Best wishes to you and the other part of the “we” you mentioned. 🙂

  36. kgdan says:

    Good morning, Sue. Thank you so much for the great fishing photos! They got Gil all excited about going back there.

    Just to pipe in re fishing licenses. Nevada nonresident with trout stamp is $81. For those of us traveling state to state, there has been quiet the debate about wishing for 1) a national license choice and 2) a special discounted rate for seniors.

    Update on Gil. We were able to see his primary care Dr. yesterday. Dr. looked at paperwork from Twin Falls, checked his vitals which were same, once again explained what was happening and immediately dispatched us to ER in Yakima. I dropped Gil off at the ER door, parked the car and by the time I got back to him, he was on his way into exam room. Hooked up to monitors with all kinds of people in & out. Over & over asking us what had happened, how long, how he felt, etc., etc.

    Started IV & yet another med infusion to lower heart rate which by now had been 136-140 beats/minute for at least 5days. In a short time it started to drop & I started to cry. Musta been stressed to the max. Dr. in & out, each one explaining the problem and what they were going to do. They admitted him & settled in for the night. I came home, took a bubble bath and conked out. Son & daughter-in-law went to see Dad. He was calm and in good spirits.

    Today they are going to do all sorts of tests on the inside to see if there is any heart damage or clotting. If no, he will get the aversion (shock) therapy to reset heart sync. If yes, they will go another way. They are confident they will get Gil back to normal (or maybe a new normal with adjustments) shortly.

    We feel much better now that he has a plan. Thank you for all the good wishes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      We appreciate you keeping us informed, Kathy, as Gil is in our thoughts and prayers. It is a relief that the doctors are confident and have a plan. I smiled thinking of Gil looking at the fish being unloaded. Hey Gil, we want you better and soon!

      It’s no wonder that you broke down after all you’ve been through. That bubble bath was a good idea!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Many prayers for both of you. Hang in there.

    • Lee J in Northern California says:

      I thank you so much for the update..if good wishes could heal, Gil will,be back to the road to good health in an instant!
      Now…just take care of yourself!

    • DesertGinger says:

      Having had the conversion, I can tell you it is an easy, painless procedure. Just remember to stay close to Gil for at least a week after. They missed a clot in my procedure, which wound up in my brain and caused a stroke 5 days later. This is probably unusual, but it doesn’t hurt to be cautious.

  37. Good Morning Sue, enjoying my morning coffee and re-visiting those fish pictures…Why do I do that to myself! Can you see my green face from there!

    I sent a text to my daughter in Boise of those pictures, and of course her and her husband were very excited…My son-in-law has a job interview in Twin Falls on Wednesday, at St Luke’s Hospital (fingers crossed) so they may be moving from Boise to Twin Falls, they were very interested in the pictures, since they are new to all of Idaho…Robert is now checking all the planting schedules…and again I am jealous.

    Everyone have a good day! I will be lurking while working.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I’ve been away from the computer a lot today, enjoying the balmy weather after a few days of damp cold. I wish your son-in-law the best of luck with the job interview, if it’s meant to be.

  38. We’ll be fishing in Idaho in June so this was very “educational” 🙂 Finding a fish with a phone number attached would have been quite the surprise (although the information is likely included with the fishing license). Still more fun to learn it here! My work for the Union included representing folks who work at the hatcheries in CA. What a great bunch of people – most of them love where they work, what they do, and playing with fish all day!!

  39. Lee J in Northern California says:

    My teeth are gleaming! Don’t freshly cleaned, dentist clean, feel great? Lol.
    Here’s one for you..I am in the,process of having my amalgams removed and replaced by non toxic fillings. I was inspired to do this because my asthma issues have become worse and it was decided that the probable cause was the load of silver amalgams in my mouth, Mercury poisoning….
    I have one more visit to go, and I must say, the usual winter breathing issues were much less severe this winter.
    I know, there is no,way to achieve perfect health, but I do my best to help my aging self to live to be an old lady, or…older lady!
    How do you manage regular health screenings while,living on the road? I know you went to Mexico for your eyes, I don’t remember if you visited the dentist too? Mammograms?

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Lee, if they do your amalgam removal correctly, I do think you will be oh so glad you had it done!! We had ours done in the mid-90s…I was nearly an invalid and while I never became what I was earlier…it helped me a great deal. It has helped both of us live active and much better lives. So glad you are having it done and hope you will be equally helped!!

      • Lee J in Northern California says:

        It is quite a process for sure, mouth bridge, big industrial looking air removal,system so the vapor doesn’t get to me, dentist or the assistant. My dentist is way careful, state of the art equipment and get this, the removed amalgams must be disposed of by a hazardous waste company..and these things are ok to put in our mouths? Oh my!
        Glad to hear you had good results. Mine will be finished in June, then husband begins…

        • Elizabeth in WA says:

          Well, we understood that most of Europe outlawed them years ago…we do not have the most advanced medicine here obviously!! Yea, sounds like your dentist is doing it carefully…that sounds like what was done with us too…a quadrant of the mouth at a time. Hope it helps you both!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I had vision and dental care in Los Algodones the winter before last. I didn’t go this past winter because I had no one to take care of Bridget and I didn’t want to leave her anyway. Taking care of medical stuff is difficult while living the way I do. I’m glad you are feeling better since having the amalgrams removed.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Maybe next time you want to go, coordinate with someone you have camped with before who knows the dogs…and let them care for them while you are gone. It is kind of important to be seen for dental at least once a year… I do understand not wanting to leave dogs alone…I would seek someone to help me, Sue.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Bridget was grieving. Even with help I didn’t want to leave her. She gets very upset when I’m not around.

          • Elizabeth in WA says:

            Understood, Sue…there are times we have to put things off awhile…but hope you can get checked out ere long. If there are problems tis easier to fix when small…argh, and it seems age brings on those challenges…

    • Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

      I go to UCLA Dental Clinic every 3-6 mo for cleanings to avoid gum disease. Gone are the days that I could go a year or two between visits. Gone are the days I could forget flossing most of the time. Those little floss picks are great making daily flossing more possible. Good health as we age requires hard work and vigilance, that’s for sure!

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        I love those little brushy toothpicks…sure helpful to carry in one’s purse!!

  40. weather says:

    Hi Sue,my what a quiet page.I didn’t comment earlier because I’ve been a little off today.Nothing’s wrong, I just barely slept last night because of the troupe,nocturnal critter noise and such.It’s been a really pleasant day only weird for me and I didn’t want anyone sensitive to “catch it” as if it were a cold,ha!Maybe you’ve been moving or just away -whatever you’re up to I hope it’s nice.It’s been gorgeous out all day in my part of NY,now the moon is coming up,stars will soon be out in the clear night sky…you’d think I’d want to turn in early to get the rest I missed but it’s still so pretty out that I can’t,at least not until the starlight twinkles a goodnight-sending you one in case you see this later.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      I’ve had those days, too. One needs to let balance return and that takes a bit of time. It can’t be forced. The crew and I enjoyed a relaxing day, balmy breezes, warmth soaking into the bones… Reggie and I fell asleep in the lounger, Bridget also on the quilt on the ground. Read a book from start to finish. A good day.

      Sleep well tonight and wake rested. N’nite. 🙂

  41. Bob McQuade says:

    Hi Sue

    Hummingbird Bob here. I have just spent a couple weeks at the Malhuer NWR in Oregon, on my way to Alaska, and was wondering if you have ever visited here and stayed at the Page Springs CG, one of the nicer BLM’s I have seen. If you haven’t, this might be your kind of place. Lots to see, peaceful and quiet, and some real nice folks here.

    • weather says:

      All of your photos,Bob,are among the best I’ve seen and wonderful.I could describe things in each one that make me exclaim praises,yet won’t here for now.I must say though,your shot of the short eared owl facing you from it’s perch in the gnarled tree mirroring his colors is a masterpiece.

      • Bob McQuade says:

        Thanks for the high praise, I appreciate it.

        Hope Sue sees my comment, Malhuer and that particular campground look to me like a place she would really enjoy ( if she hasn’t already know about it )

        • weather says:

          Their website had me at “…near the river…cottonwoods…
          then I saw only 4200′ elevation(an easy tow up) and a drive away is Bailey’s beach on the ocean…someone here will be using that info 🙂 thank you,Bob-for the enjoyment your photos give and another camp on my list,oh,re your thanks-it truly was my pleasure,weather

        • Beautifully done photography Bob! Nice blog, enjoyed it!

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Bob, I’ve had the pleasure to follow your blog since you and Sue crossed paths. While I have only commented on your blog once I have been looking forward to and enjoying every update. Your photography is amazing. As someone who shares your passion if not your talent you are an inspiration. Thanks.

    • monica- CA says:

      You photos are awesome! I have marked Malhuer as a place to visit.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Bob,

      What a nice surprise to see you here! As others have said before me, your photos are incredible! Absolutely stunning. You are an accomplished wildlife photographer. Congratulations!

      I have yet to come across a blog where people come and rave about someone else’s blog. Ha! Goes to show how enchanting your photos and narrative are! 🙂

      Malhuer does look like the kind of place I’d enjoy. I don’t know if I’ll take that detour or not, because I’d like to be on the coast before the summer crowds. Thanks for the suggestion. There’s also the Hart Mountain area nearby that looks interesting.

      Best wishes on your Alaska trek.

  42. Laura says:

    My husband and I recently attending a “fin clip” where we clipped one particular fin off a hatchling fish to “mark” them for future research and then they released those fish. We go to a hatchery every year, this year our small group clipped 110,000 fish in 1 and half days! Hoo ya! Not sure if I can share a link or not, but here is the group I work with. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfzfwF7C7z0 Huggles from Laura

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      That’s a lot of filets later! Thanks for helping the fish research. Makes for better fishing in future.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You use your time wisely and generously, Laura. Thanks for the link… interesting!

  43. Good Morning Sue, yes, it was a quiet day yesterday…at the end of the day I thought that something must be wrong with the internet in your area so that no one could leave a comment….I do not think I have ever seen it that quiet, and of course I just though Weather was probably working…and I have not seen Marla since she took off for her husbands birthday weekend….Well it also gave you another well deserved rest…sleeping in a lounger with Reggie, can’t get much better than that.

    Have a good day and maybe another great nap!

    • Hi everyone!!!

      Shirlene, not to worry about me, I was just behind in my reading! (thanks for missing me!) As much as I didn’t want to come back from the long weekend, it took a few days to catch up on work and Sue’s blog! Sue, you were so busy while I was away!

      I checked this morning for a new post, then just a bit ago I decided to see if anyone left some comments after I checked out yesterday, so yay! I had more to read!!! 🙂 See what your blog does to us, Sue? It makes our day!!

      Hope you all have a blessed day! 2 more days till the weekend!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, Shirlene… a day late!

      No, nothing wrong with the internet or my site. The slowdown of comments is because this post has only one interest (fishing) and it’s a “narrow” topic for an RV blog. I usually try to follow up a one-note blog with another the next day… However, we’ve been on the road.

      Thanks to you and others for keeping the comments section alive in our absence!

  44. Pamela K. in GA says:

    Oh Golly! I DO love to fish! Have always wanted to learn to Fly fish. To it on my own and was not good at it. I wonder if sporting goods stores offer classes or maybe the state parks. I have always admired Sisters On The Fly too. Such a great idea and the Sisterhood adventures as a group. I tend to fish alone most of the time. Klemper comes with me ONLY if a picnic is part of the deal 🙂 Fishing is not his thing. He does humor me several times every season, however, he also reminds me about the time I sent him to the ER after hooking him. Honestly, it was NOT my fault! The fish I caught was good size and heavy, it’s mouth bone broke from the weight and the line/hook boomeranged back hooking poor Klemper behind his ear! It was NOT pretty. Trust me, I will NEVER live that one down 😉
    Well, that’s my fish story…LOVED this post and the photos! Great timing Sue!

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Remember talking about ~teeth~ a few postings ago? Well! Something about planting an idea and having it stick, darn, broke a tooth yesterday and had to pull it out! I swear I broke it chewing a ROLAIDS, can you believe that?! First tooth I have broken since a kid. Is that crazy or what?! Anyway, I spent yesterday with a tea bag tag hanging out of my mouth! A tea bag full of tea is great for making sure the hole does not form a dry socket! Did you know that??? Seriously! Works almost every time, lessons from field triage 😉

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        Bummers Pam…I have had to have 2 of mine pulled so far…both broke…one eating almonds (no more almonds!!) and the other from falling down rather hard in my own house from tangling up my feet while carrying a plate and glass of water!! ARGH!! I have to have oral surgery to get mine out however. That tea bag idea is interesting…have heard it helps.

        • Pamela K. in GA says:

          OUCH on the need for surgery! Wishing you well on your upcoming recoup from it.
          Yep, that tea bag thing is a true Godsend! A nurse friend of mine told me about it years ago and I remembered it ever since. She was having a tooth swell up on her and did the tea bag for it. Both Klemper and I have used them for swelling over the years, works every time for us. 🙂 BTW, she also said not to eat meat, fresh or cooked for a few days after a tooth comes out. Thank goodness I LOVE mashed potatoes and Bananas…but NOT together, lol!

  45. weather says:

    Geese are abundant here,a pair that rarely leaves the cove isn’t- soon there’ll be a line of them swimming- with the tiny ones in the middle!Red winged black birds have claimed one of the maple trees .Only one boat has passed through so far this year.No one close by has put their docks in the water yet.I hope they dawdle longer,letting the private mornings last a while more…The closest neighbors now put bird feeders near their homes.They’ve grown to love seeing winged ones up close.This place is where the nests are,always is.Good morning ,Sue,I hope your temps are “just right” again today.They are here and have been since sunrise.Morning song’s had an unusual tempo-long pauses in it’s low notes held by distant voices,fluttering high notes sung from new homes in branches overhead,even the middle sounds the waves carry altered- because the wind is changing direction.

    Part of my being held here was my grandson’s story needing that.I think the wildlife’s story needed it ,too.They’ve been safe here to raise their families,had human love and company.Some of that won’t change when we leave,at least not back to how it was when we first got here.This property will likely be without the wild foliage I let grow,but the neighbors really do love,in their own ways, a lot of critters they hadn’t known much long ago.You reading a book start to finish in a day,seeing a whole story that way is so nice.I love to do that sometimes,too.The ones I more often see are slower yet I love their pace as much.How fun for us to have both 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good morning, weather,

      Forgive me for skipping our morning conversation yesterday. The crew and I had a full day of activity ahead and I knew if I became involved here, I wouldn’t pull myself away to get things done.

      Your thoughts have turned to the time after you leave your NY place. A tinge of sadness perhaps, leaving the wildlife you’ve come to know and love.

      Sounds like you had an enjoyable, productive, and loving visit with your grandson… What a blessing he is! Just as time changes his life — graduation, new places, new challenges, new daily life — so it will for you and for the creatures who inhabit your property. All of you will benefit.

      We’re in a new place that calls us outside… and I have a post to write! Enjoy your day…

      • weather says:

        Hope all goes smoothly as you put together your day and a new post.Thanks,this day promises to be an easy one to enjoy!

  46. Terri From Texas says:

    Great fishing stories! Here’s one-When I was a small child I was SO “hooked” on fishing. THAT was my Dads fault-he and my mom loved to fish. Anyway, we went down to Port Isabel to see my Grandparents and the weather turned bad. It was near hurricane force winds! I was crying and grouching in our hotel room cause I wanted to fish!! So, my Dad gets his coat and our fishing gear and puts me in my coat and walks me out the door into the horrible weather. He walks me down to the FLOATING pier and takes me across it and says okay-fish! Well, we were about blown off of it, completely drenched, and I finally got the idea. I was so ready to get back to that hotel room! I have lots of fish stories! 🙂

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      Fishin’ and life lessons just seem to go hand-in-hand. Your dad sounds like he was a true gem of a guy, I liked his style of teaching his daughter when to fish and when not too, near gale winds…I can see that scene in my mind! No wonder you remember it after all those years. Awwww, childhood adventures, it’s a wonder any of us survived! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Terri,

      Smart move on the part of your father. He taught you a lot with that experience, most importantly, not to fuss about that which you cannot change. You probably also learned that mom and dad do not have control over the weather! Ha!

  47. NV Teacher says:

    I’m a new reader so I’m sorry if this information is out there somewhere, but how does the Amazon thing work? I use Amazon quite a bit since I’m in a rural area and if there is a way for my purchases to help someone else I’m more than willing to do that. Thanks bunches!

    • weather says:

      Hi NV Teacher,just a note of welcome 🙂 Until Sue has a chance to reply I hope this helps if you feel like shopping before then.When you click on her Amazon link above,her code will imbed on whatever you buy from the Amazon site.That gives her a small commission each time without costing those of us using it anything extra.

    • Welcome NV Teacher, Sue will be answering you soon, but until then, welcome to our blog, you will love it here, visit often.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome, NV Teacher! Great to have you with us!

      Thanks for wanting to shop Amazon from my blog. Use any link, ad, or the Amazon search box on my blog and then anything you purchase from Amazon within the following 24 hours gives me a commission… even if you leave and come back to finish shopping later. You won’t be given any indication that I received credit but you can trust that I did. It’s a neat opportunity for bloggers.

  48. Lynn Brooks says:

    Dear Sue & Crew –
    This is why it’s so wonderful (meaning FULL OF WONDER!!!) to be out on the road!!
    You just NEVER KNOW what’s around the next corner or who you might meet in the next little town!!!
    What a fabulous experience!!!

  49. kgdan says:

    Hi, Sue
    Finally in a place to give an update. Funny how a few days can evolve into a totally new reality. After my post yesterday Gil underwent the two procedures previously described. A camera was sent down for an inside view and no clots were found. (Gil is sticking to his story that red wine was his protector). Immediately following that, they did the aversion. They had to shock Gil’s heart 3 times to get it into sync. Ever since, it has been holding at 80-90 beats/minute; down from a sustained 140.

    Today we were told that he has congestive heart failure but that they feel it can be treated effectively with medication. He was released from the hospital which made him very happy. He is very glad to be home. Needs lots of rest as he still struggles to breathe and is very tired.

    The next several months will be recuperative we hope. We also hope to be able to get back on the road this fall.

    • BadgerRickInWis says:

      Thanks for the update Kathy, so glad to hear that Gill is home where he belongs. I can only imagine how stressful the past few days have been for both of you. Continued prayers your way.

    • Velda in Roseville Ca says:

      Glad he is on the mend. Prayers for you both.

    • Pamela K. in GA says:

      So glad to hear that today’s medical marvels are working in Gil’s favor! Give Gil our best and let him know Klemper and I are thinking of him as he recoups.

    • Marilu from Northern California says:

      Thinking of you both. I’m glad you’re home with doctors you trust.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy,

      We appreciate the update on Gil’s progress. I’m glad the procedures are over and Gil is resting at home. At first, when Gil’s trouble started, I thought… Oh gee, what bad timing, on the road and an emergency comes up.

      Now I see the timing is better. Gil is at home and he has spring and summer to rest and recuperate. Good job, Kathy, managing his care!

      Hi, Gil! 🙂

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Wishing Gil all the best and praying for a good outcome. Hubby’s dad had that done a number of years ago and is now almost 90 (forgetful a bit, but actually more “together” than many our age)…just to encourage you to have hope!!

    • Kathy,

      Glad Gil was able to get the care he needed, and is now home resting. Prayers for a speedy but thorough recovery, and continued strength for the both of you. 🙂

  50. Joy Sutton says:

    Loved this post. I don’t post often but the one special. Love to fish. Not pro at trout though. Love Idaho . But the MO mountains are nice to.

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