Canine lessons in boondocking

Tuesday, September 8

It’s our first morning at a boondock on Oak Ridge Road in Fishlake National Forest, Utah, and what is the first thing I see out the window of the Best Little Trailer?


P1070146 - CopyOh my gosh, look at them all!  One, two . . .  fifteen, sixteen turkeys!

I sneak out the door with my camera, leaving the crew inside.

What a contented sound they make!

It’s not a gobble, rather a soft murmur as they walk.  “Yum, tasty seeds here, oh yes, I’ll have one of those crunchy bugs, yum, yum, yum . . . .”

I watch with wonder, standing in my nightshirt, ignoring the chill. 

The sunbeams haven’t cleared the ridge yet.  The parade of turkeys makes its way up the slope and over the other side.

Okay, before you leave will somebody stop chowing down for a sec and look at this lens please?

Thank you!

P1070147-001 - CopyWell, readers, there you have it.  Turkeys in the morning.  Remember the big boy in full display that visited our camp at Ivey Creek not far from here?  I used that photo for a Thanksgiving card to you last year.

Click and see:  What a handsome fellow!

Bridget and Reggie commence barking. 

“All right, you can come out now!”

Before letting Reggie out the door, I put him in his camo suit and snap him on the tether.  He’s anxious to survey the perimeter of our camp due to my break in the routine, sneaking out without him and the Bridge, and plus it’s his job.

Suddenly he goes ballistic!

Can’t blame him.  He hasn’t been awake but a few minutes and he’s confronted with this.

Oh, my.  Big bossy.

P1070148 - CopyThe cow is enthralled with the sight of the turkeys disappearing over the ridge, or maybe she simply has difficulty with transitions.  Anyway . . . 

She turns her attention to the nine pounds of barking bravado in front of her.  Reggie stands on his back legs, straining against the tether, hurtling what I imagine are some pretty scathing canine threats . .  What, Reggie?  Gonna’ punch her in the nose?  Bite her titties? 

The cow reacts with the classic, bored bovine stare, then slowly walks away, following the route of the turkeys.

P1070160-002Reggie lifts his leg on a clump of grass and pees in triumph, or maybe simply in relief.  Whatever.

I pick him up. 

His little body shivers with adrenaline.

“Wow!  You told her where to go!  She doesn’t want to mess with The Reggie Man!”

Meanwhile, Bridget, a veteran boondocker used to cows, has sat watching Reggie’s drama play out.  She pays little attention to the big, black visitor. . .

P1070166Nor to any of the others hanging around our camp.

P1070164“Gee, turkeys, cows.  All this excitement and we haven’t even had breakfast yet!”

I carry Reggie inside and tuck him under the comforter. 

I lift Bridget up on the bed to join him.  I light the burner under the percolator and proceed to cook the crew’s chicken breakfast.

Soon Bridget is gobbling the tender morsels on her plate.  Reggie takes one sniff at his and turns away, his head hanging.

What a sensitive boy.  That cow encounter was too much for him, too early in the day.  

“That’s okay, Reg,” I reassure him as I pick up his plate.  “You can have it later.”

Again I tuck Reggie and Bridget in bed. I sit between them and open the laptop to blog while they nap.

Later the crew and I go for our morning walk.

Reggie has recovered and is excited to explore a new day!

P1070153 - CopyWhen we return to camp, Reggie hungrily attacks the plate of chicken.  He resumes his regular routine of playing with his toys and chewing on bones.

P1070212At the close of a lazy afternoon around camp, the crew and I take another walk, as is our daily custom.

We don’t go through the woods for our last walk of the day.  Dusk is when wildlife become most active.  Instead we walk up the wide road.  Across a broad meadow, two turkey vultures drift in circles over the treetops.

I bend down to pat Bridget.

“You’re keeping a good pace today, aren’t you, Bridgie.”

A raptor makes a few, low passes over our heads. 

I bring the crew in close.  (Later I check my National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds, Western Region and identify the raptor by its under-wing pattern.  A red-tailed hawk.)

We continue to enjoy a pleasant walk until we come around a curve in the road.

P1070159Reggie’s back stiffens.  Oh no, not again!

“Forget it, Reggie.  Let’s go back to camp.  It will be dark soon anyway.”

Reggie readily agrees.  He sprints down the road ahead of Bridget and me.

P1070158“Home looks good, doesn’t it, guys.”

That evening Reggie is awakened by strange noises outside the Best Little Trailer.

His white globe of a head pops up out of the covers.  In the dark I see two big black circles above his nose.  Another howl.  Reggie looks around warily.

“Those are coyotes.”  We listen together as the howling comes closer.  Bridget doesn’t wake up.  I make out the shape of Reggie’s ears, in the dark, silhouetted against the window glass and alert to every howl.

I pull him close.

“Don’t worry, little guy.  Just more creatures who live in the forest.”  I stroke his cheek. “You learned a lot today, didn’t you, Reg?  A lot about becoming a boondocking dog.  I’m very proud of you, you know.  You’re such a brave dog.  You’re turning into a great boondocker. . . .”

I ramble on and on in a low, soft voice. 

After a while the coyotes move away.  Reggie falls asleep with his chin resting on my shoulder near my face.  I doze off to the lullaby of his breathing.



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199 Responses to Canine lessons in boondocking

  1. Lee J in Northern California says:

    Just came out on the porch to read the comments from the last post, and,there you are!

  2. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I think this is the second time…maybe my computer time is getting predictable…..but how cool is this?

  3. Marcia GB in MA says:

    Great post. Reggie is certainly learning!

  4. Lois Joy (AZ) says:

    Can’t believe I am 2nd … been reading the blog faithfully but just never got this close … now I will go read about the latest excitement!!

  5. Lee J in Northern California says:

    I meant to ask, have you read the Martian? is so engrossing! I am usually not that into sci fi reading but this is a really interesting read. I actually was awaken this early morning by the garbage pick up crew…and picked up my Kindle to resuming reading, this was after reading until eleven!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No, I haven’t read it, Lee J. I found it on Amazon. . .

      Looks interesting… I have to work on my frugal self to make the plunge and spend the bucks. I recently did so with a John Grisham book I had missed — “The Confession” — and it turned out not something I enjoyed. Oh well, it happens… I usually like Grisham’s books.

      Thanks for the tip. Not a big sci-fi fan, unless it’s a really good one.

  6. carlene south of Mt Rushmore says:

    Good Morning Sue and Crew…
    What a wonderful start to your day, too bad fresh milk wasn’t part of it, lol.
    I had the chance to talk with a neighboring camper, little tear drop with tent attached, they had portable solar outside. He had used 2 “flexible” panels but had built his own carrying case out of thin plywood, hinged with hooks for closing, very light weight. So my mind start working on the plan. Soon, someday soon…
    Gayle with the solar also warned me of the red squirrels that toss green pine cones at you. Very scary… and could really hurt it their aim is on. Corky so wanted to chase one this morning but his lead was too short.
    Heading south from here tomorrow. I don’t like traveling on 9-11. Just the memories are too much. As I’m sure most of us remember where we were 14 years ago. Blessing to those we lost.

    Thank you again Sue for this wonderful community.
    Happy and Safe Travels.

    • edlfrey says:

      “…the red squirrels that toss green pine cones at you. Very scary… and could really hurt it their aim is on.”

      There is no need to fear their aim, it is gravity at work not their throwing ability. In the fall, the red squirrel cuts green pine cones from trees and stores them in the ground. To remain safe just don’t stand under pine trees with cones on them.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Ed,

        So you’ll be leaving Salina soon, eh?

        BTW, did I tell you this? I bought another container of Greek Gods Honey Vanilla Yogurt (my new favorite!) and, like you, I mix fresh fruit into it. However, I ran out of fresh fruit so I drained a small can of mandarin oranges and tossed them in. Nice snack or dessert.

        Are you sure it’s only gravity? I’ve seen some very psychotic-looking squirrels in my travels….. 🙂

        • edlfrey says:

          Yes!!! Now your eating Greek God Honey Vanilla Yogurt Dessert as sermonized by The Peregrinating Graybeard. But, do add some nuts also, hazelnuts if you can find any in the small stores where we shop. Your previous camp, and question, made me think that gooseberries might be change – I’m going to look for some.

          I’ll be getting out of your neighborhood on Monday. Be sure to follow along on the maps that I provide. HA

          I too have seen some psychotic-looking squirrels but none of them were able to throw things – grab things, yes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carlene,

      I enjoy your travelogue comments. 🙂 Interesting about the flexible panels… I’ve seen those… once when in Dubois, WY, and also when Kathy and Gil came to our camp at Antelope Flat, WY (Flaming Gorge area)… They’re known as kgdan on this blog.

      Has it been 14 years? You’re good to remind us of the significance of this day. Doesn’t seem like that long ago… I think of the families, all these years….

      Happy and safe travels to you, too, Carlene.

      • Carlene south of Mt Rushmore says:

        I loved Ed’s pine cone explanation. .. I still don’t trust these squirrels. .. They are scary looking… Heehee!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          And their maniacal laughter gives me the shivers . . .

          • carlene Sydney Nebraska says:

            yeah…. that laugh could be canned and sold… burrrrr!!!
            GO BIG RED!!! My Dad would be proud that I’m listening to the game from Lincoln right here in the Corn Husker State!!
            Kinda warm, have the A/C going with the (sorry) generator, however I guess it’s official as a fulltimer somewhere. I’m at Walmart. Oh my. It had to happen sometime… just couldn’t find any place to camp out.
            Corky likes watching the ppl… so all is good for him!
            Travel further south tomorrow… haven’t checked the maps yet.
            Take care!

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Carlene,

              You give me an excellent opportunity to post the guidelines of the Family Motor Coach Association for staying in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

              1. Stay one night only!
              2. Obtain permission from a qualified individual.
              3. Obey posted regulations.
              4. No awnings, chairs, or barbecue grills outside your RV.
              5. Do not use hydraulic jacks on soft surfaces (including asphalt).
              6. Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
              7. Purchase gas, food, or supplies as a form of thank you, when feasible.
              8. Be safe! Always be aware of your surroundings and leave if you feel unsafe.

              Some folks would add to #4, no slide-outs.

              Safe travels tomorrow!

            • Vicki M. From MI now TN says:

              I understand all the rules, haven’t had the privilege yet of staying at Walmart yet, but in my little pod I can’t hardly get into bed or open the bathroom door if the bump isn’t out lol. So is it an exception since when out it doesn’t go beyond the wheels ?

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Hi, Vicki M,

              I’ve read discussions on forums about putting out the slide at Walmarts. The consensus is to park at the curb at the edge of the parking lot so that the slide, when extended, does not stick out into any parking area.

              In the case of your pod, I don’t think it would matter. 🙂

            • Pamela K. says:

              You are right about locating the slide at the edge of the parking lot so it doesn’t take up another parking space. Of late some police will ticket for a parking violation if an overnighter takes up more than one parking space. It’s a way of getting as many $ into the city coffers as possible I guess. Especially with out-of-state plates, they know you aren’t going to stay there or come back to question a ticket. Most of the new RVs with slides function well when the slides are left in…the older ones pretty much need the slide opened up to make it fully functional so the outer edges of the parking lot is really good for that 🙂

            • carlene Sydney Nebraska says:

              Yes the night was different and not quiet at restful as others. The class A towing a hummer had it all out except lawn chairs.
              About 2am being awaken by a simi I looked out my side window and honestly could not open my side door. I could count the rivits on the simi who just parked next to me. Just amazing and thankful that they were gone before I got going. And I did contact someone in customer service, Misty, she said I could stay as LONG as I wanted. Purchased some nessecites and didn’t feel too bad about the whole thing.
              Safety was a real thought on my mind. I kept things locked up and in place. I also had Corky letting me know when something was amiss.
              Thanks for the rules and regs, they are always helpful!
              Happy and Safe Travels.

  7. Jenny Johnson Manuel says:

    I must be close to being first……

  8. Diann in MT says:

    Reggie’s antics had me chuckling! What an adventure you all have. So much entertainment for us blogorinos! Cows, turkeys and coyotes. Sounds like where I live! Keep on enjoyin’, Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      No chance of running out of blog material, what with the stream of visitors at our camp. 🙂

      Enjoy your twinkling aspens today!

  9. Alice (So. Fla) says:

    You’re just surrounded with critters! Little Reggies’ head is spinning with all that activity but he’s a good watch dog. I don’t think I’d like the coyotes. We have red tail hawks around here. My little girl is 18 pounds and I have seen one or two eyeing her but I think she’s a tad too big. They are really good hunters. Glad you found a good place and it’s cool as well. Lucky you. Still in the 90’s and thunderstorms pretty much every day here.

    Take care and be safe.

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      I saw a Hawk and a couple of turkey vultures this past week circling overhead as I walked Angel. She is only 12 pounds so I was keeping a close eye and shortened leash. I worry about coyotes in the evenings when I take her out right before bedtime. We really start hearing them howling in the cooler weather.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Hi, Barbara,

        Funny how you had a day that mirrors ours, with turkey vultures and a hawk.

        Yes, be careful on those late-in-the-day walks. It’s a pleasant time of day to walk the pups, and apparently the critters thinks it’s a pleasant time for hunting.

        One of the coyotes had a weird howl that cracked, like his voice was changing.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alice,

      I was surprised that hawk was interested in the crew. I was going “Don’t even think about it, buddy! Get lost!”

      Those hot days with afternoon thunderstorms… typical Florida weather. I wish I could send you some of these cool, mountain breezes.

      Thanks for dropping in…

    • Karla in Kentucky says:

      Watch out for Redtail Hawks. A twenty Lb. Jack Russel Terrier was killed in our neighborhood recently. Also, in same area, one was after someone in our family’s Maltese in their backyard. Fortunately, the owner came out into the backyard in the nick of time. Now I go out with my Schipperke and newly adopted Chi/Rat Terrier mix. I have seen Redtails in large trees behind our house. They are huge!

  10. Renee G says:

    I just LOVE that last photo of Reggie and the caption!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Renee,

      Reggie was doing one of his tough-guy back kicks. You can see the dust he kicked up…. 🙂

  11. Pamelab in Houston says:

    Hi, Sue – I was thinking what lucky pups to see the country with you. That turkey from last year was a beaut! I had some wild turkeys walk through the wild area of my yard once, in Michigan, and they were surprisingly quiet. Like you said, no gobbling, just munching and scratching. Fun to see. Thanks, for this nice blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Pamelab,

      All three of us are lucky to see the country like we do. Yes, that tom turkey in full display was a rare photographic opportunity. I’m glad I caught it.

      Every morning I look for the turkeys. I haven’t seen them again which doesn’t mean they don’t pass by our camp. They are so quiet I easily could miss them.

  12. So the cows don’t really even bother with you. I’ve only been around dairy cows and they were always a bit high strung! Good for Reggie for keeping everyone safe 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jill,

      No, the cows are only curious. They have no bad intentions. Of course, try telling Reggie that! 🙂

  13. Hello Sue and crew,
    What an exciting day for Reggie, and another good day for Bridget. Turkeys in the morning, a pleasant way to wake up.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa W.,

      Turkeys are a pleasant way to wake up…. Whenever I peek out my window first thing and see wildlife… like the deer at Badger Mountain or these turkeys … I’m reminded how much I love camping like this … by ourselves, away from people, in the forest or desert or somewhere in between.

  14. Great post!!!!

    Can’t believe all those cows surrounding your camp! I wasn’t expecting that!!!

    Glad Bridget had a great day gettin around…and that boy….what can I say!? That last pic sums it up! I seriously laughed out loud!!!! Tough guy!

    Have a good one, friend! Always looking forward to your next post! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Marla,

      There are a lot of free range cattle around here. One day a huge black bull came by our camp. He made the black cow in this post look dainty by comparison. I didn’t try to run him off. Bulls can be unpredictable…

      Glad you had a laugh over that last picture. When the caption popped into my head, I laughed, too!

      You have a good day …

      • Uh, yeah….I’m not sure I’d be trotting around some random bull….I would leave them alone for sure!

        Yes, your caption was perfect! And I noticed you said in one of your replies that Bridget needs to teach him to watch his language! Seriously….lol’d again!

        You’re making my boring afternoon at work entertaining! Thanks, Sue! Have a great weekend!

        Same to all the blogorinos….enjoy your weekends everyone!

  15. Linda Hughes North Carolina says:

    Hey RV Sue….that Reggie Man is all man for sure, he is fierce and at the end of the day it’s lift the leg and show all the wood’s critters what’s what! He is so fun to see and hear about and never a dull moment for him. Miss B on the other hand is is calm, cool and purely a lady at all times! The turkey’s were huge, what a site to see…..take care in the forest and have a great weekend The new site looks so peaceful and comfortable.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Linda,

      Gosh, I love how folks are including their location. Thanks!

      It’s funny how a dog can be very small like Reggie and still project a masculine image of taking care of any perceived threat that comes around our home.

      Ever since that early morning cow incident took away his appetite, I carry him outside first thing and walk the perimeter of our camp with him in my arms. He sniffs the air and looks around. When he’s satisfied there are no dangers, I put him on his tether so he can go potty. It must be pretty scary for him to find big cows outside his home, especially since he assumes it’s his job to keep us safe.

      As for Bridget, it takes a lot to get her stirred up. Her usual response is to sit down and watch.

      You have a great weekend, too, Linda!

  16. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Love the early morning wildlife photos. We have so many turkeys here in our community, birds and humans. Those hens seem to have 8-10 chicks every year, so their flock just keeps getting bigger. I do think they divide themselves up though. Its like we have the top of the hill group and the bottom/center hill group. I know you need to be darn careful when driving, as they just mosey across the road. sometimes they are in the shadows and you don’t see them until they are right in front of the car.
    That big black cow looked menacing, think it was just her color, though.

    I have a question for you. Does Bridget or Reggie make a high-pitched noise when they see other dogs? It is not like a growl? This morning Angel saw another dog and she was quiet at first, but as the dog and owner got closer she started to pull and made this awful high pitched, almost a screech sound while straining toward her. The more I tried to get her to stop, the worse she got with the noise. She is something else some times. Of course the other dog was the most well behaved pit bull.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      I had to think a while in order to answer your question about “a high-pitched noise” when the crew sees other dogs. I don’t think I’ve heard that from either Bridget or Reggie. However, Spike used to make a high pitched sound of short yips when he was excited and happy to see another dog coming his way. He loved meeting dogs.

      Are you saying Angel makes that sound for the same reason? If she’s not disturbing anything or causing a problem, I’d let her express herself. It may lessen over time. She’s still adjusting, bless her heart, as you are aware.

      I love how you love each other. 🙂

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Thanks, maybe that is her way of greeting new dogs to the neighborhood. The guy that owns the Pittie always has her on a leash. When they saw each other, they both made a single bark. the guy bent down and spoke to her and she calmly passed without a peep, unlike miss noisy. She isn’t bothering anyone, but I just don’t know what she will do sometimes. I would like her to socialize some, she is with us all the time. The boxer, Layla, is the only dog, who doesn’t get her antics. When she sees or is with Layla, she is calm and friendly. what a difference!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Who knows what Angel has had to cope with. She still may have insecurities about you not keeping her forever, maybe thinks another dog will take her place… I wonder if Layla reminds her of a former pal…

  17. chas anderson says:

    The coyotes do a number on the turkeys who nest on the ground.Around here the gaggle will start with a dozen chicks and end up with a few.Our dogs have a pretty good gig compared with the wild creatures they see.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Um, dumb turkeys, nest on the ground? Why don’t they roost in trees? Or maybe they nest on the ground because the chicks are too small to make it up into the trees… hmm… interesting…

      Now I’m wondering if the coyotes coming around is why I haven’t seen the turkeys since last Tuesday morning.

      You’re right, chas… Our dogs have it pretty darn good. They have no idea.

  18. Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

    Hi Sue, I agree with Marla, that last picture and line made me laugh out loud! How cute is he. What a great site for the eyes…wildlife all around, even in the air. So engulfed with nature and Mother Earth. You are very lucky. Hugs to the pups…safe travels from where you go from there. We have an important Vet visit this weekend for our pups, fingers crossed that their tests remain stable.

    Hi Marla! Have a good weekend…. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      I’m glad you got a laugh out of that last photo. Bridget is going to have a little talk with Reggie about using bad language. 😉

      Forgive me for not remembering what you are monitoring in your crew. I hope whatever it is, that they come through the tests with flying colors. Hugs to your pups, too…

    • Hiya Shirlene!

      Best wishes for good results at the vet….I know that can’t be fun….

      Hope you have a good weekend, too! I’m ready to get outta here right now! (an hour and a half left, and counting……)

      • Shirlene (Huntington Beach, Ca) says:

        45 minutes for me….and then home to the Beach…but not much cooler…we have really been suffering lately, as we beach people do not know what air conditioning is. Stay cool this weekend, I intend to.

    • weather says:

      Shirlene I know you do your best to give your pups whatever they need and your love,may God do the same for you,now especially.

  19. Leesa - IA says:

    COWS! That smell would surely remind me of home. Love the pictures you post with your stories makes it look like you are reading Bridget and Reggie’s minds. Good thing you pulled Reggie closer when you saw the hawks. My little Joja is only 6lbs and I’ve had to carry her when I see eagles and hawks flying close to us. Don’t want them to think she is a squirrel – lol.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh my gosh … Joja… What a precious name! And only 6 lbs. .. I’d be calling her “my little jojoba bean.” 🙂

      Thank you for mentioning my photos and stories. I’m glad they entertain you. Yes, I can read their minds after spending every single waking and sleeping moment with them. They can’t do or think anything without me knowing! Haha!

  20. Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

    I hope Reggie learns to be wary of coyote scent. We thought our daughter’s dog had sundowner’s syndrome but actually she was smelling the scent of coyotes which came out near dusk and walked around her house. The poor dog panted, trembled and paced all over until the scent was gone.

    It is good as they will not be caught by them.

    I figured a cow tale would be soon.

    Good old Reggie, the bovine hater. He doesn’t know he is small.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Marilyn,

      You taught me something today. I had never heard of sundowner’s syndrome and had to look it up.

      Reggie is becoming familiar with the scent of coyotes. The next morning after the day of this post he found fresh coyote scat in the road in front of our camp. He gave it a good sniff, and then, of course, peed on it.

      Today we walked across a meadow and through a copse of aspens where he discovered more coyote scat.

      I’m intrigued by the behavior of the dog you mentioned. What breed is your daughter’s dog? Is it fear that makes her tremble and pant?

      Yes, Reggie is learning about bovines, following in Spike’s paw-steps. 🙂

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        She was a sheltie-golden mix…33 pounds of smart with a sheltie nose and smaller golden body and coat.

        It was truly panic when she was on the scent. The odor would enter the house through the kitchen hood vent opening which we later found had been installed backward allowing the coyote scented air to enter in the kitchen. It took us a year to figure out the issue and only when we saw the coyote and found mice coming in we realized the vent was not correctly installed.

        I knew it wasn’t sundowner’s as it happened when we walked her at times. That was a relief as we had seen it in a cousin’s dog.

        Don’t you miss the joys of home ownership???

        Is there chihuahua in Reggie?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Interesting. Thanks for the reply.

          Nooooooo, I don’t miss “the joys of home ownership.” Although mice do get in the PTV occasionally.

          Yes, Reggie is part chihuahua, part Jack Russell terrier.

  21. Susan in Dallas says:

    Boy that first black cow looked huge! Wish I could have walked down that lovely tree lined roadway. So scenic and restful. But you saved the best for last! You tell ’em Reggie!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I wish you could walk that lane, too. Actually it is a trail that we walked for a few hours on a recent morning, which, of course, I’ll show in a post.

      Being curious, I checked Dallas weather a minute ago. 93 degrees which looks to be the highest for the upcoming few days. That’s very close to the forecast for Salina. We have it a few degrees cooler up here.

      I hope you have a great weekend!

  22. Susan in Dallast, says:

    And I learned a new word today – copse. While I figured out the meaning from the context, I wanted to see how to pronounce it!

  23. Suzette (TN) says:

    Reggie just really tickles me. He’s one of those little guys who has no idea how small he is. But, his heart is as big as the whole outdoors. And that’s what matters.

    What great traveling companions you have. Always something new and interesting. And they don’t talk your leg off!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Suzette,

      It really is something the way Reggie has adapted to life on the road. When we’re at camp, he often displays an incredible lack of patience. “C’mon, RVSue, let’s do something!”

      Yet when he sees that we’re packed up and going to a new camp, he settles into the doggie bed between the PTV’s front seats, and naps or plays quietly, even when we’re on the road for a couple of hours. Of course, Bridget learned this long ago….

      And yes, no non-stop chatter!

      Thanks for the sweet note. I hope your day is good in Tennessee.

  24. DesertGinger says:

    Reggie the guard dog. What a brave little guy. Your camp looks very pleasant. I could not go to the high elevations you go to…my COPD won’t let me. Bummer.

    No stories this week…don’t know why. They just didn’t assign any. Been a quiet week.

    All the leaves are coming off the trees already. Time to head home soon, iq had an application for my house now if my dang broker would just process it! I need a renter!

    Hope everyone is doing well!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ginger,

      Yes, that is a bummer about the COPD and high elevation. Sorry to hear that.

      Leaves are coming off the trees in NY already? How can that be? I remember mid-October as being the height of color of the foliage.

      Best of luck with that application! That would be great timing for you…..

      Always good to hear from you, Ginger.

  25. Cinandjules (ny) says:

    Oh my word…you make me laugh!

    Yes, Reg man is truly adjusting to his boondocking life!

    At first I thought the last photo was him peeing…..then I realized he’s doing the “back hoe” ! Too funny!

    Enjoy your day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The “back hoe”… Now THAT is funny!

      Did you know there are different variations on the back hoe?

      There’s the Look-at-me-I-just-peed backhoe and there’s the darn-it-I’m-so-frustrated-I-have-to-kick-and-whine, and then, of, course, the one featured in this post … the bring-it-on-bitches back hoe.

      I can’t believe I just typed all that.

      Enjoy your day, too!

      • Cinandjules (ny) says:

        I’m familiar with the “I just peed” variation!

        Do you remember back in the Spike days…feeling the BLT rock and finding 100+ bovine giving you the stink eye?

        Reg kind of reminds me of you know who.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Reminds me, too. Sure I remember those cows and how Spike darted out to grab his beef bone. The look on his face… priceless. 🙂

      • wildflower in prescott says:

        ? ? hehehehehe!

        this why I keep coming back to your blog!?


      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Indeed! “The Backhoe” Thanks for new useful language to describe your observations of dog communication.
        Delightful post Sue, thanks, always a delight!
        Q…is it true; should I worry that birds might snatch a 12 # dog if off leash?

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I don’t know. I doubt a bird could “snatch” a 12 lb. dog but who wants to find out if they’d try?

          Reggie is 9 lbs.

  26. BadgerRickInWis says:

    The little guy is turning into quite the little watch dog and protector. Good job Reggie, boondock like you mean it!!!

    But I have to say my awwwwwww moment of this post was the shot of Bridget waiting patiently by the door. So sweet.

    • Cinandjules (ny) says:

      Excuse me….have you added another stove to the collection? ?

      • BadgerRickInWis says:

        No, No, No, I’ve been good I promise.

        Also to be completely honest it’s not just stoves. I also have 3 tents, 4 backpacks (not counting daypacks) probably a dozen flashlights / headlamps, 4 cook kits or so, plus I don’t know how many knives. You get the idea. However I really have been trimming it down.

        But as they say “One day at a time”
        In fact as I type this I’m off to the REI garage sale, so we shall see. 🙂

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:


          Two items out for everyone brought in until you whittle down your items to a manageable number.

        • Cinandjules (NY) says:

          Your other half needs to tighten your lead….oh wait SHE’s the one who works there!

          Ok…you’re the bomb if you have a Dosko campmate.

        • Sidewinder Pen says:

          B-93’s! I hope you find some good loot 😀

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rick,

      Sometimes I get the feeling that Bridget is merely tolerating us, that she’s thinking, “What a pair of fools.”

      Or maybe she’s, like you say, being sweet.

  27. Pam N says:

    Great post, one of my favorites! Your love and empathy for Reggie is so apparent. (And Bridget too of course.) It’s clear your heart led you to the little man and vice versa. Brave boy, Reg, give those cows hell and protect the ladies:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pam N.,

      Are you a new Pam here? I’m sorry for not remembering clearly. This is a haven for Pamelas! Glad to see you here.

      Yes, Reggie is proving himself a valuable member of the crew. He can be a tough guy during the day and a precious little snuggler at night. : Bridget has come to love him, too, although she does find his attempts to wrestle with her first thing in the morning a tad annoying.

      Have a wonderful weekend, Pam.

  28. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hehee…dumb turkeys is an apt term…truly they have to be closely watched when young as in a first rainstorm they will turn their snoots up in the air and drown themselves…according to my folks who raised a bunch of different animals over time. But the wild ones are indeed wily creatures…disappearing at the smallest sound we learned when we lived remote, next to the forest. The deer who crept us right next to the house to eat grass, flowers etc. never paid us much mind so long as we stayed indoors…the turkeys however were off in a flash if they even noticed us looking out the windows at them!! Funny…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Elizabeth,

      I’ve heard that told about turkeys drowning in the rain because they kept looking up. I don’t know why that strikes me as funny right now. Haha! I do like it when they come around our camp.

      Well, I think the cows have moved to another area. I hope. I don’t mind having them around as long as they don’t come right into our campsite and drop a lot of poop which brings flies. Reggie could use the break, too.

      You’ve lived in a lot of different places, from remote to city.

      Have a good evening, Elizabeth.

      • Elizabeth in WA says:

        In the remote place we were that had so many deer and turkey coming up to the house, the neighbor told us to be watchful if they were NOT coming…because a predator was in the area. Sure enough…that preceeded the young cougar that threatened hubby and our kitty one night, hubby and kitty were inside the garage, but the door was open so the cougar could easily see them from not far away…we wonder how close that cat might have come other nights when we were blithely sitting on our deck watching all the billions of stars (in the dark)!! A friend of my folks used to tell my dad, “God protects fools and children, place yourself in the proper catagory!!” Ha…yep guess we were both!! We moved 2 wks later…that was already in the works when the big cat showed itself!! Yep, dear Sue, we have moved a lot…never planning our life like that (except in this last move to Seattle area…thinking it would likely be temporary)…heh!!

  29. AZ Jim says:

    What a sweet post. Missy, You are an author, not just of this little blog, but of many books should you ever decide to write them. I love reading your stuff.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Jim. That’s a very nice compliment.

      I must say though…. My readers are easy to please. 🙂

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Ditto what Jim said! Sue, you need to write books! I want to read them…fiction, like Dana Stabenow oe Sue Miller. It would be our delight! It would be a choice for you, the blog vs. book=time in a day. I love what you love RVSue! Hugs all around

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          How nice of you to second Jim’s suggestion. Thank you.

          You hit on the crux of the matter… I don’t think I could manage this blog while also writing a book while also living on the road. And this blog comes first!

          Keep loving what I love!

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

          Have you read the Rita Mae Brown books with Sneaky Pie, the cat, as the speaker?

  30. Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

    Reggie cracks me up – he is such a guy. They always think that peeing on things makes it all better – lol. And I agree … dozing off to the lullaby of your dog’s breathing is just about the best thing in the world!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t it though? And it is a lullaby… puts me to sleep every time.

      Well, you know the male dog’s motto: When in doubt, pee on it!

      Have a good evening, Cynthia…

  31. Dawn from Camano Island says:

    I love your stories about the pups most of all, Sue. Bridget is the experienced traveler & Reg is like a college freshman off on spring break…but without the booze! One of these days, he will sit & observe too but gosh! There’s so much for him to experience between now & then!

    The trees in our area are either dying or dropping their leaves. There has been some rain & a huge storm (I missed it–was in Ohio visiting my youngest grands) but not enough to make things green up though. Didn’t think I’d ever say this but I hope it starts raining on a regular basis like it used to!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dawn,

      Trees dying… I hate that. Yes, let it rain, rain , rain!

      I appreciate the feedback on the stories about the crew. You describe Bridget and Reggie very well. It’s funny how the online personalities develop. Bridget was Spike’s sidekick, the object of his teasing, and now she’s a mature lady. Spike was the prankster wiseguy, a Bogart kind of guy who lived life full-out, and now along comes Reggie. At first he’s babyish, dreaming of being a boondocker, playing little boy games like Special Ops, sensitive about the suit he wears . . . . I watch him and he gives me clues in what direction his personality will grow. I’m seeing a tough guy emerging(Bring it on!), but one with a sensitive nervous system who loses his appetite over too much excitement.

      It’s fun for me to write this stuff. I’m glad somebody enjoys reading it!

  32. Lady Piper n' me says:

    OH, boy, Reggie Ops man, you did good telling that cow who’s boss……. Nice post Sue,,, my Dad,(rusty), bought me a nice bed and he put on my No Bark or Howl collar and we went to town, then we moved to another great camp off of Hwy 180, right under a AT&T tower so no one can block our signal, my Dad says we’re at 8000 ft. north of Flagstaff ’bout 30 miles, on FR 325 and he told me to tell you Hi and to give them pups of yours a hug from us,,,,,,,,,, Miss Lady Piper

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      Thanks re the post. I hope Lady Piper likes her new bed. I’m curious to get out my Benchmark atlas for Arizona and figure out where your camp is. That will have to wait until tomorrow. I can’t see well enough under the LED lights to read a map. I’m glad you have a good spot. 8,000 feet should be right for temperatures.

      Okay, Lady Piper, I’ve given those hugs like you asked and I’m sending a big one back to you on behalf of the crew…They’re asleep right now.

      Have a good night, Rusty and LP…

    • Chey (WA coast) says:

      what is a ‘no bark or howl collar’? thanks for the answer Lady Piper ‘n Rusty

      • Lady Piper n' me says:

        Hi Chey, Wa. coast,,,, My Dad got this “PetSafe” Basic Bark Control collar to slow down my Separation Anxiety, to Protect, Teach and Love me while he is in the store or the VAMC for long periods, that I’m unable to go with him into,,, My Dad takes it off after he is done shopping or seeing his vet,(doctor),,, I miss my Dad a whole lot when I can’t see him and I howl and cry, thinking that he won’t be back,, And most humans think I’m in trouble locked up in the camper which is cooler than the cab of the truck. When I’m in the camper, I have a better breeze and plenty of water,,,, My Dad Loves Me very much and I love him Too!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Miss Lady Piper

      • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

        Thought I’d put my two cents in here. I also got the Pet Safe bark Control collar that Rusty got for Lady Piper. My pit bull hardly ever barked until we rescued out little terrier mix and she taught him bad habits. We live on a corner and any time someone went by walking their dogs, or kids on skateboards, the terrier would start and then the pit bull would join in and it was really getting obnoxious. The bark control collars have worked like a charm. They use an escalating “safe but annoying static correction” (NOT a shock collar). I only use the collars if we are home and the windows are open. I have seen many dogs surrendered to animal shelters because they were barking problems. There collars (about $100, but well worth it), are a wonderful solution that seems to work for most dogs.

        • Lady Piper n' me says:

          My Dad says that his only cost him $61.66 with tax and a 15% Veterans Discount at Pet Club Chino Valley ,, Cacti-corner of Walgreens in Chino Valley, Az.,, at first I thought my Dad was over doing it with another plain collar, Now I have 2 + a red Bandana. ,,, My Dad says I look sweet like a cow girl Husky,, now all I need is a straw hat and boots,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Miss Lady Piper

          • Cynthia from San Clemente, CA says:

            You are one lucky cowgirl Lady P!!! Your dad takes good care of you 🙂

          • Chey (WA coast) says:

            Hi Cynthia & Rusty,
            Thanks for the info on a “Pet Safe Collar”. If it works for compassion and not punishment it sounds good. Sounds like a “thunder shirt” or what Temple Grandin learned about cows. A tight wrap to to give confidence and calm, that would be ideal while a new companion adjusts.

  33. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Gosh talk about leaves falling already. We had some rain and a little wind earlier today and the leaves were just blowing by the window. The Sycamore’s always drop their leaves first and they have shed a bunch. The outlying areas of Middle TN Temp. is going down into the 48-50 degree range for the next couple of days.

    Angel’s latest anecdote is she barks at the cars going too fast past her. She doesn’t usually bother with them. The speed limit in our community is 20 mph and during our evening walk, two cars past, going too fast and she barked at them both. Too funny girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Isn’t that funny about Angel! She reminds me of Bridget, wanting everyone to follow the rules. No speeding in our neighborhood! You go, Angel!

      Sycamores… Those are the trees with the huge leaves that turn yellow and brown. And they’re falling already in Tennessee. I’m glad to hear an area has received rain. There hasn’t been much in this part of Utah since we’ve been here. A few sprinkles during the night. That’s all.

      Sleep well, Angel, by your mommy…

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        No doubt about that. The little sleepy head. Since I have to leave by 8:00am for exercise class, I get up about 6:45 so I have time to walk her before I leave, she just lays there in the bed and paws at her eyes and face like “it’s way too early.” Then we start out kind of dragging, by the time we reach the corner (three driveways) then she gets her groove on and awaaaay we go for about a mile.
        She definitely gets some pep in our steps.

  34. Larry in AR says:

    Reggie’s reaction to the cows (or other animals for that matter) might partially be attributable to a herding instinct somewhere in his lineage. I have an Australian Cattle dog that reacts similarly to animals, especially cows, horses, deer, etc. He becomes highly agitated, barks and whines, and shakes like he’s seen the devil’s ghost. I know it’s not because he’s afraid of them, but because he wants to chase (herd) them.

    You’re writing is always entertaining. This post was exceptional.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Larry. I’m very pleased you like my writing.

      That’s interesting about dogs with a herding instinct. That sounds like the Reggie Man, all right. Of course, I have no idea what breeds combined to create him, other than chihuahua and Jack Russell terrier. The Jacks were developed for the purpose of hunting foxes. I don’t know what the purpose of a chihuahua is other than being cute and hopping around a lot.

      Australian Cattle dogs are very intelligent. Boy, did I make a few readers angry when I wrote about joking with the RV repair guy, telling him his dog is ugly. I was only kidding and a few readers were out for blood!

      Ah, blogging…. It’s always interesting. Have a good night, Larry.

      • Larry in AR says:

        I remember that post and the picture of the dog. Although they are in the same family, to be more specific, mine is officially a Stumpy Tailed Australian Cattle Dog. Many mistake him for a heeler, but they are a different breed and very rare. As a matter of fact, mine and one other are the only two I have actually seen. Although he “appears” full blooded, he is also a rescue, so I am not sure. His heart is pure and that is all that matters.

        • Larry in AR says:

          Oh, and hope your night is pleasant as well.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Great last line in your comment. I agree. Now you have my attention… I’m going to search for images of Australian Cattle Dogs with stumpy tails.

          LATER…. Wow! I wasn’t sure if you made up that name of stumpy tailed… I found photos and a description…

          Very independent, Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dogs don’t require much in the way of cuddling or affection. Though tough and resolute, they will definitely appreciate praise and good treatment. Sometimes their herding instincts come into play at home. They may “herd” family members or nip lightly at heels if they want something. Not particularly loud, they are still very protective of the home. —

  35. Well that’s the first time I have officially been able to put out my travels! The first two legs were uneventful but this last leg! Yikes! But we’ve lived to tell the tale!

    I relate to Reggie through my Picasso, just about a pound bigger than your little guy. They are so big and tough, aren’t they? The little men protecting the home front! There is a female dog in heat near us so her suitors have been around which drives my guy nuts! It is great to read about how well Reggie is adjusting to the book docking life. Can’t say I’m surprised since he’s got two great females leading the way!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Deborah,

      Glad you made it to NC okay…. The life of a vagabond is never dull! 🙂

    • Suzette (TN) says:

      Deborah – I just finished reading your current blog. I’ll be back for more soon! So sorry you had a stressful time, but it sounds like you’ve landed in a perfect spot. I just want to say that I absolutely love the background graphic you’re using. It fascinates me. I hope you enjoy your time in the mountains.

      • Hi, Suzette! The background graphic I think you are referring to was a shot I took when I lived in Costa Rica of a pond with water lilies in it. I’m glad you like it and thanks for taking the time to drop by to my blog! I’m doing my very best to de-stress here in the wonderful mountains of NC. I’m loving it here!

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Just been reading your blog, Deborah and I am so sorry you have suffered so much!! I hope your new live rving will be all you need and more!! I think you are so brave…and yep after a decade back in NC etc…those back roads though in very pretty country are killers…and we were only in a car!! I am glad those people came and helped you get to your location!!

  36. Lynn Brooks says:

    Just great!!!
    ALL OF IT!!!
    Love it!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  37. Debbie in VA says:

    Good job Reggie! Keeping the crew safe from harm :-). Tough job for a lil guy.

  38. AZ JIM says:

    Debbie, Reggie is only little on the outside.

  39. Carla says:

    I’m wondering if the smell of the crew does keep the cows at a bit of a distance? In some of my boondocks last year (especially in MT), several cows would come around. But they could come right up to the van and even bump into it to rub (spare tire is mounted to a back door). They love to lick in the fire ring ashes though I had cooked no food (must be a salt they like in the ash?).

    So, I would have cow dung, flies and sometimes rude shoving of the van. Yelling does no good. Sometimes me banging on a pan would shoo them away, but with a lot of work on my part. The I tried my hand-pumped air horn. Finally a fairly easy way to get them to (eventuallly) move on.

    Maybe they do not come right up in your yard because you do have the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Carla,

      Interesting cow experience… I haven’t had to use my air horns to shoo the cows. So far Reggie has handled them well. 🙂

      I don’t think it has anything to do with smell, according to our experience anyway. Some cows are more curious than others. The cows around here are probably used to seeing RVs and to smelling campfires and such.

      We had a camp in Arizona where the cows were rubbing up against the spare tire and licking the BLT and being a general nuisance, even with the crew there. That camp wasn’t known to a lot of people. We were the only ones camped for miles around (previous header photo) which made us the subject of cow curiosity.

      • Chey (WA coast) says:

        Oh my my! You are too funny! “The subject of cow curiosity”
        Do rent the movie “Temple Grandin”. It will inform/reaffirm what you already know and is an all together good movie that enhances what you already know. Temple Grandin is autistic, our age, successful and inventive, and the film got an Oscar.
        Warm wishes to you and all Blogerinos

  40. C.W. says:

    It is wise to keep far away from cows.
    Not all cows are easy going .
    I have been around some that could be more mean than a large bull.
    If they ever drop their head low , be careful.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh yes, I remember from childhood, the rogue cow with her head dropped low and the charge that followed. I flew between the strands of barbed wire!

      Since this area is frequented by many campers, off-road people, and hunters, I think a cow or bull acting like that would be moved out. Even so, you’re right, C.W. It’s smart to be cautious.

  41. Teri LiveOak Fl says:

    Agree. Home looks very good indeed.

  42. Toni says:

    Hey everyone! I wanted to jump in and let everyone know what happened to me that may help someone else.

    I decided to upgrade to Windows 10 on my new computer. What a huge mistake!! It wiped out my entire operating system and with tech support and even a recovery drive that they sent me, it couldn’t be repaired. I had to return my computer and now I wait.

    They tell me that 10 is not compatible with many laptops and a lot of people are having trouble with it.

    Just thought I’d give you all a heads up!

    Carry on!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve hesitated with the download of Windows 10, mostly because we’ve been in areas where connection breaks frequently.

      Do you mind sharing what your laptop is? At least we’d know of one . . .

      Thanks for the heads up, Toni. I’m sorry you have to deal with that headache.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        I have a Lenovo and installed 10 with no issues. I love it. Mine is the Yoga Pro 2 and my son got the 3. He has hesitated to put it on his as it is his work laptop and he would be out of work if an issue appeared.

        Google your laptop and see if there have been problems.

        I have a touch screen and will never go back to a mouse.

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          My DH loaded Windows 10 on his 5yr old Acer Aspire w/17.3″ screen, 4GB memory 500GB hard drive. He loves it and has no problems. He also has an AMD Quad-Core 8 processor. I have the same set up with the smaller screen, but am hesitant to download it, as I also use mine for work at home. I see so many pros & cons that I am leery.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Good advice, Marilyn. Thanks. I didn’t find any reports of problems with Lenovo.

          I also checked the Lenovo website where one can download Windows 10.

          • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

            My son berated me for installing it. Maybe you would be wise to wait a couple of months until all the bugs are resolved. It is difficult to discern whether the issues are 10 related or due to the other programs not working out their bugs. He works in IT daily and has experienced the changes since XP or earlier. I have forgotten all the releases with age.

            Whatever you choose enjoy the day and the coolness. I went birding at sunrise and it was truly a steam bath in Palm Beach County. We are waiting for the humidity to lessen.

      • Toni says:

        Mine is a higher end HP Pavillion 2 in one with touch screen. When I first loaded it, things were fine. Then I started to get error messages. Then finally it crashed altogether.
        I’m usually hesitant to upgrade things. I didn’t upgrade my iPhone until I was reading that the latest one had fixed all the bugs. I don’t know why I was so quick to go with the 10 upgrade. I guess it would be best to research what people are saying about it.

        I won’t do it again. I have a nice little HP stream that I’ll use until my other one comes back.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      Thanks, Toni!

      I have reserved a free upgrade to Win10, but have been putting off running the download – glad that I did! I will let the dust settle a bit….I also have to make sure there are updated drivers available for my printer and scanner.

      • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

        The drivers may be an issue. I didn’t have a problem with mine and never gave it a thought. Blind move and not thinking as my son told me.

        They are working out the bugs as so many have installed 10 and submitted their problems. Quality control after release. That is how it is done with IT.

      • Toni says:

        I am not EVER going to use 10 again. I don’t care what they do to it.

        • Marilyn, Dania Beach, Fl says:

          I don’t blame you, Toni. It was just fortunate I didn’t have that issue. I hope all ends well.

  43. weather says:

    From a distance,as in your “Home looks good,doesn’t it guys?” photo, those few acres appear to not have much going on in them.The experiences of you and crew while there show that in fact it’s a world filled with all sorts of life’s big and small events. With so many of those being completely new to Reggie I think that only one of them resulting in his not being ready to eat on schedule is a sign that he really is and will be well suited to your lifestyle. Bridget and you ,familiar with so much of that,still encounter firsts,like the red tailed hawks approaching.Her and your taking it in stride helps him learn that most situations aren’t something to fear.I love how Bridget simply enjoys eating,watching and walking along calmly through it all,so often the model of beauty at peace .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Often I am enamored with your word choices, weather. The last few in your message … “the model of beauty at peace” … how lovely and true!

      Good morning! About places that look ordinary or uninteresting — Many times I’ve set up camp thinking, well, this isn’t anything outstanding but it’ll do fine for a day or two. I set up and the crew and I walk around, the days roll out with their surprises and gifts, like a turkey parade or flowers I hadn’t seen before or twilight’s magical glow, and what looked like not much at first becomes a place of treasures.

      No cows this morning. Reggie and Bridget are asleep. I hope all is calm at your home and that you discover many treasures today.

      • AZ Jim says:

        I love the way both of you can develop so many unique ways to paint your words on the canvas of our little home here.

        • weather says:

          “paint your words on the canvas of our little home here” is a creative and charming choice of words to describe an original to you concept,Jim.That’s a new picture. I love it.You express your thoughts in ways I really enjoy reading,too.Your being here makes it nicer to come home to 🙂

  44. Jodee Gravel on the road in Spokane, WA says:

    How lovely to spend days with just other critters around to delight and entertain. Tessa has been completely unfazed by the deer and squirrels we see on walks, but I think a cow might be a different reaction – especially a big one like that. Reggie is so brave 🙂 Love that you now give him a different routine in the morning to reduce his anxiety. They teach us what they need if we just pay attention – as you always do. Great photos for framing the story, with the perfect ending :-))))))

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      The day is starting better for Reggie now that I carry him around first thing in the morning so he can survey the perimeter of our camp and sniff the air without fear. It’s pretty chilly at this elevation at that time of day anyway. Being held is warmer than walking around in the cold grass.

      Thanks regarding the photos and I’m glad you like the ending.

  45. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    I know sometimes it seems like I may mimic your experiences, but I am not. I just don’t think about things sometimes until I read your blog. When we first moved into our condo community 17 years ago, it was pretty rural and our community has a pond with fountain, which draws a lot of wildlife including, ducks, turkey, Canadian Geese, deer, coyotes and skunks, just to name a few. There is also a railroad track the runs about 200 feet down the hill. Sometimes I think the animals get hit and draws the vultures, and other birds of prey. none the less is gets a little scary for the small dogs & cats in our neighborhood.
    Now the area is getting pretty well developed with a community of huge homes on one side and a light industrial area about 500 on the other side of the railroad tracks. Nonetheless, it is still very quiet and peaceful here. We are a mile off the main road and the businesses in the commercial area are quiet. Immediately behind us is open area, but the trees and bushes are so grown up, it has become very private, like our own private woods blocking the view neighbors up the hill. We love sitting outside, but our neighbors rarely do so very enjoyable. Thought I would give a little glimpse of where we live so maybe you could see why things are similar sometimes.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t think you’re mimicking my experiences. They are truly your own.

      You describe your place so well I can picture it very clearly. It sounds like you are able to relax there, enjoy peace and quiet, and appreciate the nature of your “private woods.”

      I can see why our experiences are similar, even though yours occur at a permanent home and mine happen while at camps. Even our dogs are similar. Thanks, Barbara, for giving us a glimpse of where you live!

  46. Kay Dattilio says:

    Good Afternoon! I just got back from Hamilton MO which is becoming the ‘Quilt Capital of the World’! I’m going to start on my second quilt soon. I told someone today that since I was getting older I have a lot of stuff I want to do so better get going!

    Sue, I love this peaceful place for you and your sweeties. I wonder how many times Bridget gets exasperated and ‘sighs’ when she sees Reggie barking or doing something she considers boring or not at her level of intelligence. They are both so adorable and as usual, I love your pictures. Stay safe!

    Kay from KC!

    • Barbara (Nashville) says:

      Kay, did you take a quilting class in Hamilton, MO or was there a show there? I, also, quilt and had not read anything about something going on there. Have you ever gone to the Big AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, KY at the end of April each year? They have so many classes, demonstrations, vendors and of course quilts. It is amazing. It is my favorite place to visit, shop, etc. There is also a quilt museum there as well as quilting stores galore. It is the Quilting Capital of the USA. If you are interested, maybe we could meet there next April.

      • Kay Dattilio says:

        Barbara, No I didn’t take any classes at all. My cousin is married to the family that owns the Missouri Star Quilt Company. It is located in Hamilton MO, which is the home of JC Penny! It is such an interesting story of how the quilt store came about. The grown children of Jenny and Ron Doan were worried about their parents finances, they had been living in California and Ron lost his job and they moved to Missouri, where they had family. The kids realized that Jenny was a very good quilt maker so they decided she could make quilts for people, then realized she was like a Johnny Carson! She could make people laugh and she has such a down to earth character. Anyway, the took out a loan and bought their first building, lots of material and they took off. From what I understand they are the largest internet quilt company. They now have 6 stores in Hamilton, on the main strip, plus they are building a ‘man cave’ for the husbands to go in a building and watch TV, etc. That is a great idea. Look them up on the web Missouri Star Quilt Company! Kay from KC!

      • Kay Dattilio says:

        Barbara, I’m only on my second quilt so not very good at it. My bedroom is a mess with material all over. I’m making my son a skateboard quilt with 96 skateboards, so I hope I can keep my cool! Kay from KC!

        • Barbara (Nashville) says:

          You are certainly ambitious for your second quilt, even though I shouldn’t talk. I started out taking 2 classes, making 2 different Christmas wall hangings. The first a log cabin wreath; the second was and applique with candles. Since I was in class, they turned out pretty well. My next project was full size bed quilt for my mother-in-law that I found in a book. The quilt top looked great, doing the layering was good until I was sewing them altogether and I guess I didn’t get the backing taut enough and I ended up with puckers on the back. I wasn’t too happy but my M-I-L loved it. I took the scraps and made curtains for her bedroom to match the following year. I ran out of time the first year, but she was going to get solid curtains, when she didn’t, I made them for her.
          Sorry, I got carried away. Are you appliqueing these skateboards or fussy cutting them or doing something else?

          • Kay Dattilio says:

            Barbara, the Missouri Star Quilt Co. puts out a magazine every few weeks and there was a skateboard quilt in it but it was a twin size so I am going to just try and double it. A friend of mine refurnishes or redoes furniture and she used an old quilt to cover a couch and it was so fabulous! Beautiful! I don’t know how to do that! Kay from KC!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Kay. How nice that you have a hobby like quilting, something creative and absorbing that produces a practical item of beauty. You must have a lot of patience, as well as skill.

      Bridget sometimes looks at Reggie like “What is WRONG with you?” Haha! She’s sedate while he’s bouncing up and down, zooming around, attacking his toys and tossing them into the air, jumping into my lap and out again, non-stop until he drops and falls asleep. The contrast is comical.

      Thanks regarding the photos!

    • Suzette (TN) says:

      Hi, Kay!

      It’s always fun to run into people who share your interests. I quilt, too. And, I have a closet full of fabric from Missouri Star. LOVE THEM! I’m working toward being able to quilt and camp at the same time. Cutting equipment can be stashed lots of little places. And I’ve almost got the sewing machine problem worked out. I have found a small portable antique machine that can be retrofitted for manual sewing. One of these days I’ll actually get the job done, but for now, the parts are in the garage ready to be put to work when the mood hits me. I will be able to piece while boondocking. I’ll never have the space to actually quilt my tops, and that’s fine with me. I’ll just ship ’em off to Missouri Star!

  47. Rebekah says:

    Reggie’s the man! They’re both so cute. Love your blog, Sue!

  48. bess says:

    hi sue, bess here. i am happy to see you guys are having such a great time.
    is boondocking a term that means “dispersed camping” or no-pay camping?

    i see there is no toilet or table so i am assuming it is no-pay. that is great. i like how this area has what you need within 20 miles and has internet too!

    how do you find these great sites? do you go to an area and ask the locals?

    are you going to write a book with all you camping suggestions? i would buy a copy for sure. your blog is wonderful! happy trail

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The terms “boondocking” and “dispersed camping” mean different things to different people. I’ll explain how I use those terms.

      Boondocking is camping on public land for free, in places away from groups of people. This could be on Bureau of Land Management land, in the national forests, at wildlife refuges, etc. You are on your own with no amenities at all. There are rules regarding this type of camping which are determined by the agencies involved. A typical rule is no camping beyond a certain distance from a forest road, for example. These boondocks are a clear place with a fire ring. The fire ring marks the spot as an established campsite. Boondocking on public lands is restricted to established campsites only. You can stay in a boondock from 10-16 days, depending upon the district. I believe there are a few places where you can stay as long as 21 days. It is up to the boondocker to learn the rules.

      How do I find these great sites? I use several strategies which, if you read my blog from the beginning, you will learn as you go through the boondocks we have found during the past, nearly four years. It’s very difficult to explain here but this will touch on my basic strategies.

      1) I study the Benchmark atlas for the state I’m in. I find where the public lands are, where there are campgrounds (BLM, NF, etc.), what types of roads go to the elevation I’m seeking, where water features there are such as creeks or reservoirs, distance from supplies, and much more. I use the names on the map to analyze an area I haven’t been in before…. Names like “Dry Gulch,” “Maple Grove,” “Dirty Rock Canyon,” “Aspen Glen,” “Rocky Ridge,” and such reveal a lot.

      2) After studying the Benchmark and finding a road that “looks” good for boondocking, I may try to learn more by online research such as “camping near McGulley’s Meadow” or “boondocking Dixie National Forest.” Sometimes this will bring up a blog or website where I can read other boondocker’s opinions of a place and see their photos. I don’t use the typical boondocking websites that many use because they tend to be over-used and aren’t necessarily pretty places because that’s where most people look. However, it’s a good way to start if one is new to boondocking. I’m talking about and others that come up with a search of the same phrase.

      3) I have found nice camping areas by asking the locals. This isn’t my primary strategy because one has to be in the location to ask locals, which, of course, doesn’t work if you’re covering distances. It’s a great strategy if you are already in a campground and want to move to a boondock. Talking with other boondockers often provides good leads on places to camp.

      4) Another strategy — Look! If a mountainside is covered in juniper and sage and that’s not what I want, I look elsewhere. I go up roads into the kind of area and elevation I’m interested in and then drive or walk up the little spur roads that branch off. Road signs help. If I’m going up the side of a mountain and I see a sign like “Sheep Creek Road” or “Nellie’s Pond,” I’m intrigued and check it out.

      5) I also look to avoid areas like mining operations, OHV play areas, touristy places, open areas with no cover (too exposed), etc. As a popular blogger who requires solitude, I am now avoiding areas near population centers or places with a high concentration of RVers.

      After a while a lot of the search becomes intuitive. The other term, “dispersed camping,” means to me camping without amenities but not away from people. This could be primitive camping right next to a campground, an overflow camping area at a popular tourist attraction, a LTVA (do a search), or other place where RVers gather for free or inexpensive camping.

      I don’t know if I’ll ever write a book. Several suggestions have been made by readers for fiction and non-fiction. Right now I’m happy writing this blog and seeing the country. Thank you for calling my blog “wonderful.”

      • edlfrey says:

        I think you did a very good job describing “boondocking” and the contrast to “dispersed camping”. However, I think the BLM, FS and other governmental agencies use the term “dispersed camping” to mean what you have described as “boondocking”.

        O, my head hurts just thinking about all these labels.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          That’s right, Ed. That’s why I pointed out those are my definitions, which, of course, I think are better because they allow for the distinction between the two kinds of primitive camping. Oh no…. primitive…what’s that? 🙂

  49. Karen LeMoine says:

    That last pic had me howling with laugher! Sue that b word is funny for you! Reggie is getting his fill of wildlife! Love your adventures!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Karen,

      It gave me a laugh, too, when it popped into my head! It’s like Reggie tells me what to write! He really looks like he’s saying that.

  50. Laura says:

    Since I need a watch anyways…. gonna buy one through amazon…for work… nothing fancy, not something where you get enough of a percent to pay your rent, but heck, if you add my watch to what others buy… you might just get enough to buy a wee doggie bone for the kiddies! lol! Huggles!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laura,

      One of these days I’ll share a little report on my Amazon sales. You’ll be surprised how the purchases and the commissions I get from each one add up. I really mean it when I say I appreciate every purchase, no matter how small.

      Thanks for buying your watch through my links!

  51. Gayle - SO CAL Beach Boomer says:

    Re: cow photo. RVSue: “difficulty with transitions” spoken like a true teacher! The bell rings: uh-oh, transition! Take out a new piece of paper and put your name in the upper left corner. uh-oh, transition! The sun rises, uh-oh, transition! Time for lunch, uh-oh, transition!!!

    Be that as it may, I imagine the cow saying: “Do these weeds make me look fat?”

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Guilty as charged! 🙂

      I don’t know what these cows may think. In their world, big is beautiful!

  52. AlanOutandAbout says:

    Hi Sue. It’s been a while since I commented. But I read your blog all the time and enjoy it immensely. Your adventures are amazing and your photos are wonderful. Your capturing the essence of the shot is really quite nice. I love how you have gotten so good at capturing the light at the best time.
    Reggie is a pip, Reggie the wonder dog is an apt title for him. It is easy to see he loves his new home and human very much. And I do believe he is aware of how good he has it, I know he remembers his former life and I am sure he knows what he has now is so much better.
    Well my time here in Grand Junction is about over. It has been fun but it is time to go. I have accomplished what I needed to do so there is no need to stay any longer. I’ll be leaving on Oct. 1 for Pahrump NV. It is right across from Death Valley and I have never been there so this will be my chance. I will probably be staying there for the winter, after then who knows.
    That’s about it. Best to you and the crew and as always Enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Alan,

      I always appreciate your encouraging words regarding my photography. Thank you. Often I have to take whatever light is available at the moment when I’m recording an unplanned event in our lives. When you see photos of the crew walking away from the lens those are usually taken not only with Bridget and Reggie in motion, but me also! I focus more on enjoying my day than I focus on my camera’s subjects. So it is especially nice of you to say good things about my shots.

      While reading about your RVing plans I was struck with how great it is that we can adapt our RVing to suit us best. I’m glad you’ll see Death Valley (I haven’t yet!). I’m sure you will find much that is visually interesting for your lens.

      Thanks for staying with my blog. Best wishes to you, too, Alan.

  53. Every afternoon a flock of turkeys forages in the small meadow here at the Wheeler Peak campground in Great Basin NP. Then the deer take their turn. They might do it in the morning, too, but I’m a late riser.

  54. Lisa and Tommie in SoFL says:

    Hello Sue,
    Oh my young Reggie and his language!! Miss B will have a sit down talk with that frisky pup. You can’t fault him too much since he does such a great job.

    Well it is Sunday, my depart date I mentioned in my last comment, so of course We haven’t left yet. Oh well, I should learn my lessons from you Sue and not blabber about my plans. I am fortunate I can change plans due to circumstances. My truck is packed with all that can with stand a few hours of FL heat. The delay is me…by the time I had all packed I was hot, tired and when I checked my atlas and saw I had underestimated how long the drive was to my first NF site, I decided to leave in the predawn hours Monday. The nice part is I can attend to some things I had put off, like a haircut, cooking some cornbread and a dish to have ready tomorrow night in camp, researching day two and camps ahead, finish that book I am reading, So you can see I still have lots to do!, so for now we are still in SoFlo. I guess we’ll get on the road when we are supposed to, there’s always a reason, I just don’t know what it is yet. Stay safe everyone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lisa and Tommie,

      You just wrote a perfect illustration of how I recommend timing your moves to a new camp. Always start out fresh! That way you are less likely to make wrong turns or have accidents or arrive irritable and worn out. Start in the morning, well prepared, like you’re doing. When you get to your camp early in the day, it’s fun to set up camp, rather than being a chore. This delay is good . . . When you get to your campsite you can celebrate with cornbread!

      Yay for you! Have a wonderful trip tomorrow!

  55. Pamela K. says:

    About those cows and cow’s milk 🙂
    I have a funny to share with ya. This morning the milk was a little old so we didn’t use it in our morning coffee. Oh No! No fresh milk for first-of-the-day coffee!? Can’t have that…there MUST be something we can use as a sub for the milk…
    Turns out Walmart’s brand of Equate Nutritional Shake in Vanilla or Chocolate works wonders! Yep, and it gives us the 24 essential vitamins and minerals if you drink the rest of it after your coffee 🙂 Win, Win!
    Bonus! It doesn’t require any refridgeration until AFTER it’s opened so it takes up zero room in the Fridge or the Cooler. How sweet is that?!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You know? That sounds a lot better to have on hand than that yucky Cremora crap. And, like you say, it doesn’t need refrigeration until you open it. Great idea… Yes, sweet!

      • Pamela K. says:

        Oh Yes! Seriously agree, way better than that Cremora crap! That stuff sets up like concrete on the shelf, I can only guess what it’s like after it’s been there awhile. I stopped using Cremora in the early 1970s…after about the second time I tried it, LOL.

  56. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hello, Sue!

    I loved this post and the pictures…especially those of little Reggie and Bridget. Reggie really is getting a true taste of boondocking at this site. Your back and front yards are constantly changing, depending upon who comes to visit or pass through. New sounds, too, with the coyotes at night, and the hawk screeching as it soared overhead. Must have been a bit overwhelming for the little guy! Your new routine of carrying him in the morning to investigate your site is very comforting to him, I am sure! Also, Bridget with her calm demeanor has to help reassure him that all is well. He knows that he is loved and protected. Priceless. 🙂 I have to wonder if he had run ins with big, black dogs in in his life before he found you and Bridget. Reggie has really found his voice….the last picture and comment says it all! He is the protector of his home and family.

    I have had a busy week getting things together for a yard sale (2nd sale in 6 mos). One of my sisters came to visit for the weekend and lend me a hand. She helped me clear out a coat closet (just how many cloth shopping bags and 6-bottle wine caddies does one need?!) and my guest bedroom, a.k.a. the catchall room. Friday night we hit it hard from about 6:30 to 11 PM. Items were sorted, priced, passed on, or pitched. She brought a car load of her own “stuff” for the yard sale (multi-family, with neighbors). Sat morning I had the alarm set for 5:45 to get an early start so we could put up additional signs, grab some coffee and breakfast, and set up. I awoke to the sound of thunder… the distance, I hoped. Rain was predicted for Sat afternoon. Well, by the time we were dressed, it was raining pretty hard. My neighbor across the street ran out to get her sale signs from the end of our street. Little Sis and I took my signs, duct tape, and scissors with as we headed out for breakfast in hopes that the rain would stop. No such luck – it poured! We had decided to donate anything that did not sell to a local church run thrift shop. When we got home, the rain had just about stopped, but black, threatening clouds were all around, and the neighbors decided to cancel and have the sale in a couple weeks. My sister and I were determined to get rid of what we had (her hubby told her not to bring anything home), so we loaded up my car and made our donations to the thrift shop. I gave some Halloween decorations to a couple of my neighbors who have small kids; I know they will enjoy them. My sister gave one neighbor lots of toy cars and trucks for their 5 yo son. Sis and I both felt a lot lighter….getting rid of items no longer needed. I will probably try to gather more items for the rain date sale in a couple weeks. I have more to go through….lots of Christmas decorations that have not seen the light of day for many years. After our busy morning, I took my sister to a wonderful antiques mall, and a Mexican lunch. We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and visiting – very enjoyable! 🙂

    Is you ear asleep, now that I have talked it off?! I hope you and the Crew have a great day! Sending you all hugs from me and Gracie pup! 🙂

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      P.S. – When I saw a camp stove on the Amazon purchases list, I, too, thought that BadgerRick had a weak moment! LOL! 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Denise,

      I really enjoyed your story of “The Garage Sale Not Meant To Be.” Nothing like being rained out to remind us Who is in charge! 🙂

      Well, the important thing is you got all that stuff sorted and how nice that the kids benefitted. I know you and your sister worked hard. As it turned out, you had a good weekend anyway!

      Thanks for taking the time to write this. I’m impressed with the progress you made! I hope you and Gracie pup are enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon. 🙂

  57. Pamela K. says:

    I really liked this post. Was fun to see the Reggie Man react to the turkeys, he is so funny when he reacts to something new. And as for those cows…I think Reggie has a new hobby. Yep, cow chasin’. He must see them as bigger-than-life toys!
    Hawks, never good around pets. Even if the size of a pet is too much for them to carry off they will sometimes try it anyway, get the pet up in the air and then can’t carry it and drop it to the ground. A nieghbor had that happen with their poodle a few years back. Sadly the hawk carried it too high before letting it go. I wonder if tin foil on the back of the pet suits would help to ward off a hawk attack. Tin foil has that sound that might scare the hawk off when it touches it, could maybe work. HA! The Tin-Man cometh 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Pamela,

      When the hawk kept coming back for another pass over our heads, I had Reggie’s tether looped in my hand, ready to strike. I probably wouldn’t have had time. I’ve seen how fast raptors go when they dive on prey. I think the best thing to do is draw the crew in close to me.

      Yes, tin foil on the crew. And a tin foil hat on my head. Haha!

  58. Joy Sutton says:

    I am a quilter Loved the comments on quilting. Mo is the home of quilting. For many yrs we were the only state selling long arms and most were made here. Nolting has moved out if state now in the big three, A1 is winding down and gammill under new management and Jenny Doan expanding and has fast become #1. Been in my thought lately as to what I can fit in my 30 ft mtrhm. Thinking of a special case on the back, have cargo carrier that fits on the trailer hitch. Have a walk in closet overflowing with supplies and 7 machines, can’t seem to make decisions on only one or even 2. Sigh, I’ll do it..

  59. corkerinna620 says:

    Just placed an Amazon order, my first, by clicking your link. Hope it worked!! Not very techy. Love your blog. I’m a wannaBe.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sure it worked corkerinna620 if you clicked one of my links first, like you say you did. Thanks very much for doing so. It means a lot to me!

      I love wannabes because I used to be one! 🙂 I hope you continue to love my blog.

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