Goblin Valley State Park and what happened to the little blog that could

Oh what a lot of catching up I have to do!

Saturday, May 18

The crew and I make one more exploratory hike around Camp Primrose in the San Rafael Reef.  Then off we go to Goblin Valley State Park!  It’s only about ten miles away.


Admission to see and walk among the goblins is $7 for the day.

I park the PTV, get out, open the side door, and the crew explodes out onto the pavement.  Gee, guys, calm down.  Unlike me, Bridget and Spike are energized by crowds.  With much skipping, yipping, and pulling on the leash, the crew maneuvers me across the parking lot to the viewing area.



Children bail out of vehicles and run down to the goblins.

This little guy finally noticed the goblins and stopped throwing a tantrum in the parking lot.

This little guy finally noticed the goblins and stopped throwing a tantrum in the parking lot.

Ah, to be a kid again!

No, no, thank you.  I watch the activity among the goblins below.  Children run hither and yon as children are wont to do.  They climb on the goblins, slide down the goblins, fall off the goblins, play hide and seek around the goblins, and have a grand ol’ time.  Parents position kids for photos.

A twenty-something guy about six feet tall with a ball cap on his head comes up beside me and gets his first glimpse of the goblins huddled below.  “Awesome!” he exclaims.  Oh, really.


Oh boy, have I got a case of Internet Spoiler Syndrome.  ISS is when you go to an interesting place and no matter how hard you try, you can’t ramp up any interest of your own because you’ve already experienced the place in the virtual world.  Yep, that’s what’s going on here.  I already know what it looks like to walk among the goblins, so why bother.  I watch for a few more minutes, take photos, and let the crew nose around among our fellow tourists.

Yep, there's the goblins.

Yep, them there are goblins.

“C’mon, guys.  Enough with the goblins. Let’s hit the road.”

I wonder what goes on in the head of my co-pilot.

I wonder what goes on in the head of my co-pilot.

“Bye-bye, goblins!”

Security goblins

Security goblins

So.  What the heck happened with my blog?

Well, it goes like this.  I sort of entered blogging through the back door.  I stumbled upon WordPress, played with it, and before I knew it, I was signed up with the free platform and blogging my fool head off.

Time goes by, the crew and I hit the road, the blog grows.

I want some more features, so I upgrade the blog to pay-for-it WordPress.  The blog keeps growing.  I find myself spending a lot of time at the laptop.  Hey, I should get paid for this.  So I apply to become an Amazon Associate.  Fast forward.  Blog readers respond with great enthusiasm as well as with their credit cards.  Money starts to roll in from Amazon.  I’m one happy little blogger.

A fellow blogger tells me I ought to self-host my blog. 

Yeah, good idea.  I should do that.  But instead of doing that, I procrastinate which is my go-to modus operandi.  Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?

Apparently WordPress has dealt with plenty of procrastinators.


The crew enjoys a vacation from the blog.

WordPress knows you can’t deal with them (the procrastinator people).  Reminders, nagging, threats — None of that works.  What does work is lowering the boom.

And that’s how it came about that my blog was frozen solid like a hamburger patty left too long in the bottom of the freezer.

WordPress’s terms of service do not allow ads (other than their own ad program).  The blog must be self-hosted to have Amazon links.

Immediately I swing into action!

I sign up with Hostgator and try to transfer the blog.  It doesn’t work.  I have to turn it over to Hostgator’s “migration team.”  They dust off the freezer burn and do whatever it is tech people do, and here we are!

There’s still more work to be done.

As I type this, the slideshows are not appearing and the widgets for photos of our faces in the right-hand column are missing.  I sent a help ticket to Hostgator.  The “live chat” guy tells me everything should be fixed soon.

Damn, I missed you guys.  It’s great to be back!


Note:  Thank you for your wonderful messages of support this past week.  I still find it hard to believe so many people care about what’s happening with RVSue, Bridget, and Spike.  Tomorrow’s blog will cover a lot of ground as I try to get us all together in real time.  There’s so much to tell!


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204 Responses to Goblin Valley State Park and what happened to the little blog that could

  1. Janet Johns says:

    Whew! Glad you are back!

  2. Pamela in Louisiana says:

    Soooo very happy to see you back in blogging land! Welcome back, dear lady!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Pamela! I had become so used to answering blog comments with my morning coffee. This past week my coffee hasn’t tasted very good. 🙂

  3. Ladybug says:

    YAY!! Still a little frozen around the edges, but you’re back! Sorry, Sue, but we that can’t go full-timing yet live through you, so we have withdrawals. And I can see me getting ho-hum about seeing in person the things I might research beforehand.

    (and nice story about WordPress being the issue, but I think it was really those goblins you gave short shrift to!) 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Ladybug! Oh, no, I’m the problem. Usually when I find myself in a fix it’s because I’ve procrastinated.

      • Rev. Mary says:

        You sound like me, and at 70 years young I am not getting any better at getting things done, ha, ha.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hi Rev. Mary!

          Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, but as a fellow procrastinator I’m sure you understand. 🙂

  4. marcia in pa says:

    Missed you all!!! The picture of your co-pilot lost in his thoughts is fantastic.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I missed you, too, Marcia!

      Spike likes to get in the passenger seat and look out the window or the windshield when we first hit the road. Soon he falls asleep.

  5. Laura says:

    I’ve missed you! I’m glad you’re back. Your tales make me smile, especially on days when a smile is hard to come by. Thanks for allowing us into your life in such a delightful way, Sue.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Laura. I hope you have many days where smiles come easily.

  6. Michelle, SLC, UT says:

    So glad your back! Have truly missed tagging alone.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And it’s so nice to hear from you, Michelle. I’ve missed my tag-alongs!

  7. Barbara goodman says:

    Happy Days are here again, I’ve missed you guys Oh So Much….

  8. Pauline says:

    So glad you are back blogging. A day without RVSue and crew is like a day without sunshine.

    Love you!!

  9. Mark Watson says:

    Well look who’s back !
    Hope your having a blast between bouts with information technology snaffus.
    Mark Watson

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s been quite a mess, Mark! But I’m finally coming up for air. I hope my all my readers will find us here.

  10. Susan in Dallas says:

    I loved, loved, loved the goblins! Haven’t ever seen anything like them. They must be great in person. And it goes without saying I am even MORE thrilled that you and the crew are back!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Sorry I was such a goblin about the goblins. I guess I loved our camp in the San Rafael Reef so much that I wasn’t ready for the goblins who live down the road from there. Thanks for the kind words, Susan.

  11. So good to hear from you and the crew again!! Glad you are getting things straightened out.

    Love the goblins! A stay there just wasn’t in the cards this time.

    We finished our visit to Bluff. Never did get to the Bluff City Cafe. Instead we had a recommendation for the Cottonwood Steakhouse. So we ate there our last night. Very good but pricey. I did get blue corn meal today, so I can make blue pancakes. Can’t wait!!

    Looking forward to more stories tomorrow so we can catch up!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and seeing the photos of Bluff. You really explored the area, master hikers that you are! The crew and I aren’t nearly as adventurous as you two!

      I’m glad you had a good time. Chuck and Geri warned me about Cottonwood Steakhouse being pricey, although they agree the food is good.

      I bet I wouldn’t have enjoyed camping in Goblin Valley State Park with all the families that were there. I’ve spoiled myself with camping so much by myself.

  12. cinandjules (NY) says:

    WOW! All that internet gibberish was to technical for me to understand. Self hosting? Ad program? Me who still has a flip phone and wouldn’t know how to text someone to save my life. Hash tag?? I know what a skin tag is! Whatever works!

    Bottom line is I’m glad you are up and running. Missed you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I missed you, too. I think of you every time I make a salad. One of these days I’m going to do a pictorial essay on my green salad bags. Gosh, the greens are very crunchy!

      I know what you mean about internet gibberish. It’s a hoot trying to communicate with these tech guys. They’re very patient attempting to decipher what the heck I’m saying with my made-up technological terms.

      • cinandjules (NY) says:

        When the green bags effectiveness diminishes let me know and I’ll send you more. Just got a new batch when I was out in Caleefornia.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Can’t I buy them somewhere? It’s time I start acting like a big girl and get my own.

          • cinandjules (NY) says:

            It’s called giving forward. A friend in Calee buys them at QVC by the truckload….she gave me two packages…..I can share.

            Most ACE hardwares carry them..but I don’t think you need a whole box.

            Up to you…………the offer is always there.

            The goblins resemble cow plop mountain! heh heh

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              It’s strange that the bags aren’t sold in smaller quantities. You are so generous to offer me more. I’m still using the first one.

            • Connie & Mugsy says:

              I’ve seen them for sale in those places where they have “as seen on TV” stuff… and in catalogs.

              I’ve been offline for a week, but good to see you back up and running. 🙂

  13. Dave says:

    Glad your back. Guess you’ve heard Tioga George quit blogging.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, I did hear about George. In fact, I wrote a snarly comment over there because some people were rude to him. George has been my idol for so long! Without George’s blog I wouldn’t be here.

      • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

        LOL, I saw your comment on George’s site. You said what I wanted to. I don’t blame him for retiring from blogging if I had people like that commenting on my site. I’m glad you spoke up.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Of course, I regretted writing it immediately after I hit the button and it appeared. Your comment makes me feel better for letting my emotions rule! It’s just that George has meant the world to me for so long.

          • Teri in SoCal says:

            I was glad to see what you wrote on George’s blog. He’s had a couple of snarky commentors lately, and I hate the things they write. I do hope that George will check in once in a while, he seems like a nice guy.

  14. Cherylyn says:

    Glad you’re back!

  15. Rita says:

    WOW! The goblins are anything but ‘ho hum!’ Amazing! Of course your blog restarted with a big bang of fantastic photos including ‘the thinker’ Spike. It was worth the wait. So excited and can’t wait to hear what you all have been up too the past week. We missed you soooo much.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The goblins are amazing, I agree. I wasn’t in touch with my inner child that day!

      Love you enthusiastic comment, Rita. Nice to hear from you, as always.

  16. Debra says:

    Glad your back, I have missed keeping up with what you and the crew have been up to.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Debra! These past few days while the crew and I were seeing something new or I was taking a photo, I had to keep it all to myself! It’s good to be back.

  17. Linda White says:

    I am so glad you are back.. I was worried something happened to you. I just checked the comment section of your last post yesterday and discovered what was going on. I love reading your blog and hearing about your adventures. Welcome back!!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Linda. I wanted to post an explanation on the old WordPress blog but I also didn’t want to push my luck with WordPress. I appreciate your friendly comment.

  18. JerryC says:

    Welcome back. We missed ya!!

  19. gingerda says:

    Yeah!!! so glad you got most of the bugs out and are back to blogging. You are really missed.
    I love the pictures, as usual. I think those goblins are pretty fascinating.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I missed you, too. Yes, the goblins are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Maybe I shouldn’t have written about my cavalier attitude that day. 🙂 I’m fortunate to be able to visit such interesting places.

  20. Penny/Texas says:

    My day is complete now, I got to read your blog 🙂 So glad you’re back up & running, sure did miss you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Penny, for the nice comment. My days can get back to normal now, starting each morning with coffee and comments. 🙂

      • Cherylyn says:

        Funny, I was thinking the same thing. My day back to normal, starting each morning with coffee and RvSue. Thank You

  21. mary ann (pontotoc ms) says:

    so glad you’re back, sue! we were getting punchy~i don’t think you need to worry about people finding your new site! do we need to re~register?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I don’t know about re-register. You’re here commenting, so I guess not. You might want to make a new bookmark though. Sorry I left so abruptly, but WordPress was in control!

  22. Val R. Lakefield On. says:

    Oh Sue & crew, so glad your back. Reading your blog made this decision easier . Aliner is now sold….Appointment Monday for ordering the new Taylor Coach…Now to ad
    Goblin State Park to the list…..thanks for everything.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Val! I’ll have to look up Taylor Coach and see what it looks like. Glad you got the money from your Aliner. Sounds like you’re moving toward your goal. Good for you!

  23. TexasTom says:

    Glad you are back. I bet Bridget and Spike are giving you what for. Type away I’m missing all the adventures of the three of you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, TexasTom! Bridget and Spike have been the recipients of a lot of attention these past few days. Bridget is lying next to me as I type this. A few minutes ago she started a very soft whine, so I had to stop and give her some lovin’. She probably hates that my face is back in the laptop so much.

  24. Walt says:

    I hope I don’t need to sign up again (or whatever it was I did) to get the e-mail notifications when you have a new post. Regardless, glad to see you back in the blogosphere.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Walt, thanks so much for mentioning the email notifications! That’s another thing missing that I didn’t notice. I’ll see if I can get that feature back on. It will be a while before everything is back how I want it. Even the color of the background is off. Looks kind of pukey on my monitor!

      Nice to hear from you . . .

      • Jeannie in WA says:

        It’s great to see you back online…we all worried for a while. Regular email notification came thru within a few minutes of your entry so it apears to work.

        In less than three weeks I’m heading to Texas to pick up my new “Juanita” Casita. So excited!!!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Jeannie! Less than three weeks to go! How exciting for you!

          You will love your Juanita. I haven’t regretted choosing the BLT for one second. It’s a great little home.

          I appreciate you letting me know the email notifications are coming through. I do need to figure out how to have that option available to new readers though.

          Gee, you’re picking up your Casita at a great time of year, what with the summer ahead of you. The crew and I picked up the BLT in mid-August when Texas temps were, oh, about 189 degrees in the bloody shade!

          • Walt says:

            Interesting that the e-mail notifications work for some. I have not received a single notification since the change in hosts. I guess I relied too much on those and never got around to actually bookmarking the site. I probably better remedy that. 🙂

  25. Dave Burdick says:

    And all this time I thought it was because I made the comment, “Where the “H” did that guy come from!” …..glad to have you back. We have been busy on our end here….traveled to Little Rock to pick up our fixed 1998 diesel pusher, went to Camping World in Bartow, Florida yesterday and purchased a 2008 Jayco Melbourne 31B which we pick up on Friday. Should be back on the road after a week-long shake down!

    Dave (Marcia and Bubba and Skruffy)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow! Exciting times for Dave, Marcia, Bubba and Skruffy! Congratulations! Good luck with the shakedown cruise.

      Ha! You thought I was censored . . . Well, I guess in a way I was.

  26. Geri says:

    Welcome home….. to our home I mean! Feels like you have been gone so long! When Chuck and I were at the Goblin campground, it was only about half full, probably because it was 100+ degrees while we were there! But we enjoyed our stay!
    That was the first test of our newly installed swamp cooler in the MotherShip! It worked great! Now…. where the heck are ya?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Give me another day . . . so I can bring everyone to our new camp in a blog post with photos!

      (Actually, if you really want to know, our location is in the sidebar. Shhh… don’t tell anyone.)

  27. Alice and Rudy Scheibelhofer, Chilliwack, BC Canada says:

    So good to have you back and look forward to when the techs get you all set up again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Alice and Rudy. I’ll be glad when all this tech stuff settles down.

  28. Rose says:

    So glad you are back. Tioga George leaving and you off line all in the same day was too much for this wanna-be full timer!


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I thought the same thing, Rose. I couldn’t blog and I couldn’t read George!

      I remember what it’s like to be a “wanna-be full timer.” Blogs kept me from losing hope.

      • Walt says:

        I’m still a wanna-be full-timer. Unfortunately, my job is being eliminated in a couple of months and I’m neither old enough to retire or young enough to say what the hell and just go. That plus having a special needs child to help care for means the dream will be delayed – but not given up!

  29. I REALLY MISSED YOU!! I just asked this morning over on Google + if anyone had heard from you recently. Then I saw on Al from the Bayfield Bunch blog that you were almost back and sure enough here you are. Looking forward to your catch up stories tomorrow. Agaiin Welcome back!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Betty. I appreciate your loyalty to my blog. I need to write a thank you note to Al thanking him properly for letting me use his blog. It’s a big help in letting folks know the crew and I are back.

      I missed you, too!

  30. Karen says:

    SOOOO!! glad you are back. You are my inspiration for solo traveling. At first I thought something seriously had happened to you. Then found out about the technical problems you were having and just waited and waited for your return. PLEASE don’t ever leave us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, there was a time in my life I felt everyone would be happy if I just LEFT! Now you ask me not to leave. How sweet!

      I’m sorry for dropping everyone without warning. I hated that. Oh well, the blog is up and I have lots to write about! Thanks for writing, Karen.

  31. Chuck says:

    Glad you’re back. OK to order yet? Got some Loius LaMour books for you. When you know where you’ll be for a bit, I’ll send them General Del.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, that would be great! I want to try that author. Very thoughtful of you, Chuck.

      My Amazon sales took a dip while the blog was stalled, but I’m happy to see orders again!

  32. Barbara B says:

    It is so wonderful that you are back and now I can return to my few minutes of complete relaxation in the evenings. Did you ever think you would be so missed and loved? Teachers are the best!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara!

      No, I never knew I would be missed by so many people… ever. You know, math teachers are rarely the students’ favorite. We have to make our students WORK once in a while. I’m sure I’ve been the target of many a curse word from kids doing their math homework. 🙂

      I’m far more popular as a blogger than as a teacher!

      • Az- Vicki says:

        Sue as a blogger, you’re still a teacher! You’re teaching all us wannabe, newbe and oughtabe’s just how wonderfully exciting Rv full timin, boondocking life can be! (Even how to handle a curve ball thrown at you once in a while.) 😉
        Sooo glad ta have ya back in blogland!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Just don’t ask me to write a lesson plan . . .

          • diaryqueenMirta says:

            Hate those things…but they do keep me on task! I could wander forever. Then again, I DO b/c I teach Journalism and Spanish – non-state mandated-testing FUN classes! 😉 🙂

  33. Gaelyn says:

    Sure glad you’re getting this sorted out. I know all about procrastination. Usually revolves around getting posts written, amongst other things. You’ll find there’s many options in WP to add all kinds of widgets and plugins to do what you want. But it takes time.
    Those goblins are wild.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Gaelyn!

      My WordPress administration page is kind of lame. Lots of stuff didn’t transfer over so I can’t do all the things I want. In other words, the capability isn’t there which is frustrating. I’m hoping Hostgator will fix that for me soon.

      I did enjoy the goblins. It was enough to watch other people run around in them.

  34. Eileen P. says:

    Love the comment about ISS. I, too, have experienced that in some of my travels, especially where crowds of humans are involved. But rather than let ISS be an affliction, I think that it frees us to experience the beauty and loveliness in the less-photographed world.
    Glad you are back.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Good point, Eileen. I’ve taken a break the past few days from the big tourist spots. I’d rather photograph everyday things. Nice to hear from you!

  35. Sierra Foothill Mama says:

    When we saw Goblin Valley it was going to be a quick side trip because the sign got us curious on our way to other Utah destinations. No preview for us. When we arrived we found our inter-child and explored most of a October weekday day with few other people there. We ended up boondocking nearby. Often the best thing about travel is what you find if you are willing to go where the road takes you.

    I am so glad you are back. Right now our travels are limited to vacations with 5 more years of work in our future. Your blog allows me to enjoy the journey when I get home from work. Missed you Sue!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Your day at Goblin Valley sounds wonderful. I love it when a “quick side trip” turns into something special. That’s the way it is when I drive down a BLM or Forest Service road looking for a place to camp and find a lovely setting for our home. It’s happened many times already and I count it one of the greatest joys of boondocking. You probably have experienced the same.

      I missed you, too. Five more years. It’s great that you know what you want to do in retirement. Too many people don’t have a vision and that’s sad.

  36. Billiam says:

    Thank goodness and Hurrah!. You know, your blog has grown to be a part of our lives here in toasty Alabama. Partly envy, partly because you love your hairy partners just as we love our own mutts, partly because we just love what you’re doing, whatever, we like reading about your travels and travails. So keep it up.
    Bill and Joy Weekley

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Bill and Joy!

      Thanks for reading my blog and telling me you enjoy it. I hope I have more travels than travails coming up!

  37. Ron says:

    Posted your new addy on the two Casita sites.
    Welcome back lady.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for doing that for me, Ron. I appreciate the help, believe me. My tech-to-do list keeps growing!

  38. tinycamper says:

    YOU’RE BACK!!!! I MISSED YOU! And Spike and Bridget, too!

  39. Sierra Foothill Mama says:

    Folks – remember to use Sue’s links to Amazon. It can be a way to say THANKS for all of Sue’s effort and for sharing her life with all of us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh you dear Sierra Foothill Mama. . . I love your flair for marketing! 🙂

  40. Nickie says:

    Just wanted to add that my husband and I are soooo glad that you are back! It has been so much fun reading about your adventures. We anxiously await each new entry. Thank you so much! You make our day!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Nickie! I’m glad you have some fun reading the adventures of me and my crew. We sure have a great time making them! Nice of you to add your comment . . .

  41. Carol in OK says:

    So happy to have you back. Missed you, and Spike, and Bridget.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Carol… I missed you, too, and I pray you have no more tornadoes out your way!

  42. Alison ~ pacific northwest says:

    Welcome back Sue! Hope the blog crisis didn’t cut too far into your days of walks and photos and adventures with the crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Alison! Actually it was like a mini-vacation from blogging for a few days. That is, until I got the go-ahead from Hostgator and had to work on putting it back together again. Fortunately, Hostgator people did and are doing most of the work. Thanks for the welcome. It’s good to be back.

  43. Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

    I am so glad you’re back! I too am a huge procrastinator so I’ve had similar things happen. I’ve been wanting to go back through your blogs and make notes on your tips and places you’ve seen and I’ve been putting it off. This has lit a fire under me to finally do it!

    I definitely have the goblins on my list. I can’t wait to be able to see, smell, and touch the places in nature that I have only seen in photos. Actually, this is the first time I’ve seen the Goblins at all and and I have to admit, I caught my breath at the awesomeness of the area. Thank you for sharing!

    p.s. I’m saying this to be helpful, not to be a noodge. I noticed that the times listed on everyone’s post say tomorrow morning. It’s still the 29th on the east coast.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hey, you’re right! The post’s date and the comments dates are wrong! Something more for my tech-to-do list. I appreciate you letting me know, Donna. You’re very observant.

      I saw a lot of photos of the goblins over the years that I was a wannabe full timer, so I guess I was jaded. Do make a point of going there and let your inner child play!

  44. Patrick A 51 says:

    Welcome back…….hpe we will get the post like we did before.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Patrick!

      Your comment is my first of this morning. How nice to sit down with my coffee, open up my laptap, and see your welcome back as well as others’. Thank you.

      I’m assuming you mean you hope you’ll be able to turn on the email notification feature. (If you mean something else like formatting, let me know. I don’t know anything about notebooks and ipads, etc,)

  45. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    The Big Void is gone…glad you’re back Sue. Life with out a daily dose of RV Sue and her K-9 crew is like…well a Big Void that’s all. My hands perch above the key board and I wonder where I use to go before there was RV Sue, then magically my fingers type for the thousandth time and bingo you are back. Hurrah…yip..yip..yip..Yippy!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Well, Joe, the Big Void was gone, but now she’s back!!!! Haha!

      Love your comments. You have the quirkiness factor, just like I do. How wonderful to start my day with a hurrah! Thanks.

  46. Lana in Phoenix says:

    Hi, Sue! So glad you’re back!! This week my daughter-in-law was hospitalized and RVSue disappeared – very stressful time! My daughter-in-law is now home (positive results on all her tests so far!) and RVSue is back! Can life get any better? Well, maybe if I were out there full-timing……

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hallelujah! So glad things have turned around for the better in your life, Lana. Best wishes to you and your daughter-in-law . . . and your whole family!

  47. Tawnya says:

    Aunt Susan I’m glad you are back! I always go to your blog at night so that I can finish the day knowing you are ok. Love you lots!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, Tawnya. I wish I could wrap my arms around you and give you a big hug. You are the sweetest, most loving person! I hope everything is good in your life right now.

  48. Laurie from Southern Oregon says:

    Hi Sue, I’m so glad your back in action and will be blogging your little fingers off to get us caught up. Your return was definately worth waiting for and appreciate the effort you put in to get it back up and running.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay. This is the “Laurie from Southern Oregon” who is in South Dakota right now and loving it, right? The lady who got some wheels under her and off she went like a bird from a cage!

      I’m glad to be “back in action.” Thanks for waiting for the crew and me to return.

  49. Colleen says:

    Glad you are back! I have been following your travels for a few months, I really missed your daily blog. I so enjoy your style of blogging. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Colleen! It’s good to know you like my style of blogging, because it’s the style that’s easiest for me. When I sit down to type up a blog post, I try to write like I would talk if a person were sitting here with me in the BLT. Nice comment. Thanks.

  50. DesertHawk - Las Cruces, New Mexico says:

    Likewise, Welcome Back.

  51. Glenda says:

    Let me join in will all your followers in saying….”So glad you are Back !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Glenda . . . And I am so glad I didn’t lose you during this Week of the Frozen Blog. I missed you!

  52. Well, here you are! I also have the procrastinations about moving to self-hosting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      If you aren’t self-hosted, Roxie, I hope my fiasco breaks your procrastinating. I don’t think the blogosphere could stand losing the Duck!

      • Lol! Thank you for being kind. The blogosphere might say what the quack? and then it would move on.

        • Bill & Ann says:

          No, No, No; all you bloggers mean a lot to those of us that follow along but are too lazy to join the group. We enjoy you all. Our favorites; RV Sue, Good Luck Ducks, Phunnyfarm, the Bayfield Bunch, Glenda. We really enjoy you all. Don’t procrastinate. We don’t want to lose you. Only we are allowed to do that.

  53. Timber and Rusty says:

    Wow and LoL on the Goblins’, And we’re very Happy your back too, Timber says hi to Spike and Bridget

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi to you, too! I feel like the crew and I have been away for ages. It’s good to be back.

      • diaryqueenMirta says:

        Glad you are too, Sue. I lost track b/c of the whole .com and .net thing but this site seems better organized – not b/c of you but b/c of the site itself. Since I haven’t read anything (yet?) about Rusty & Timber (but I saw him comment) how goes the whole house thing with him? Did he finally get his house through all the paperwork! Greetings to him & Timber – I was actually thinking about them recently – do they still want Subway cards? 😉

  54. Timber and Rusty says:


  55. Dave says:

    Happy you’re getting things worked out and back on the air. The short time I’ve been following you has been an inspiration to continue my own journey. Thanks

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      What a nice thing to say, Dave. It’s good to be back. BTW, I like the header on your blog . . . Trains speak to us vagabonds, don’t they . . .

  56. BuckeyePatti says:

    Whew! Glad you’re back. I also worried it was “something I said” that got you booted. If that were the case, I’d be running like “H” because there’d be a whole lotta people mad at me!!! LOL Thanks for giving us non-bloggers a heads up on the twists & turns of blogland.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Funny picture… BuckeyePatti running from all my followers!

      I wish I could have given you a “heads up” BEFORE my blog froze up, but I was as surprised as anyone when it happened. I’m glad you are still with me and the crew.

  57. Kay says:

    Exciting to see your .net site come up today. I did not know why you went down, then I scanned your last blog. What did not make sense is the fact they froze you when you PAID them??? The .com domain name should have been able to be pointed to the new hosting server if you own the .com. Ugh, why must some make it hard for others.

    Glad you’re back. I too quickly gotten into the habit of checking what you and the crew are up to. You’re ADDICTING RVSue! You may want to start a second blog for the Withdrawal issues. LOL

    Don’t feel too bad with hang ups. I’ve had to replace 2 front tires… $1300. Still waiting on a couple window locks to arrive from Winnebago. Thursday I will take the RV out to the service center for their finally check. Then I can finish loading/packing it. Hopefully, we will pull out in the next 10 days or so. Or Gary is liable to give up on me and drive himself in his power wheelchair. He’s anxious to get going.

    Glad you and the crew are back online.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Kay!

      Well, I paid for certain features on WordPress. But I also agreed to their rules, which included the rule for no ads other than through their ad program. Somehow my selective memory kicked in and I forgot about that!

      Sheesh… Expensive tires. I can understand Gary being anxious to get going. This time of year is perfect for RVing and the whole summer stretches ahead of us.

      Nice to hear from you, Kay. Best of luck with the loading and packing!

    • Eileen P. says:

      RvSue, I second Kay’s thought about your main domain (the .com) being able to redirect to wherever you choose. Have you worked with the folks at Go Daddy on that? I would think that you could choose to have both .com and .net resolve to the same server of your choice.

  58. Dawn says:

    Glad you’re back. Glad it wasn’t something more awful that kept you away. Can’t wait to see where you go next!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Dawn!

      I’ll be glad when this blog is patched up and polished so I can get my focus back on the adventures of the road. I’ve been staying in one place for several days because my trusty antenna can pick up internet signal here. It has been good though to slow down after the many fantastic sights of the past month! Nice to hear from you . ..

  59. Troy says:

    Glad to see you’re back, Sue. I just recently started reading your blog (found you over at one of Bob’s blogs) and all of a sudden the posts stopped. I kept checking back, but no Sue. Today, I see you have a .net. Well, that’s weird. What’s up? I thought. Good to see you got it all worked out.

    There are many bloggers out there on the free platforms (WordPress.com and Blogger) but many of them probably don’t realize that the free platforms own their content. They can shut you down at any time for whatever reason. If you spend 5 years blogging and make one mistake, your site can be gone.

    It was a great move to go to a self-hosted site, even if it wasn’t necessarily by choice. There may be more technical things to learn but if you can watch a YouTube video, you can learn anything. Good luck with the new site. I’ve enjoyed reading about you and your crew.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Troy, and welcome to the land of rvsue and her canine crew!

      One of my big concerns during this week my blog was dead was my new readers. I thought, great, somebody comes to my blog a few times and the same old post keeps popping up. Thanks for your comment and for not giving up on us!

      Bob’s the blogger (cheaprvlivingblog) who told me to self-host. That guy sure is a fount of good information and wise advice! Too bad I didn’t take his advice and do something right away . . . 🙂

  60. EmilyO says:

    What more can I add but everyone has said “Welcome Back” in so many ways. Glad you are here.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      And I’m glad you’re here, Emily (in more ways than one, considering the weather your state has suffered).

  61. Carla (C. J.) Hall says:

    Sue, you should not be so surprised about how many of us missed you. Your blog is like a continuing serial story or TV drama, except it is real and inspiring. Further, you write with honesty and humor. May I recommend that one day when you are near the eastern edge of Montana, you go to Glendive and then to Makoshika State Park? You can look it up, as the grandeur of being in that huge landscape cannot be captured in photos. LOL If you’ve been there in the past, I’m sorry I missed your blog about it…I’m a relatively new reader.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello Carla or C.J., whichever you prefer!

      I will definitely get out my Montana Benchmark atlas and find the state park you mention. I fell in love with Montana last year and I know, God willing, I’ll revisit the state many times.

      I do hope you’ll go back and read my posts for 2012. It was an incredible year!

      Boy, you know how to make a lot of compliments in a few sentences! Thank you. I enjoyed reading your comment. 🙂

  62. Mindy Reed says:

    Thank the stars your back…I’ve been going through severe withdrawls!! I’m trapped in muggy buggy NE GA but when the farm sells I’ll be joining the fulltimers I think. I get cranky if I don’t get my RVSUE fix…please say hey to the dogletts too.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The “dogletts” haven’t got up out of bed yet! The mornings are chilly here, but since it warms up around mid-morning, I don’t bother to put on the heater. So the crew likes to stay “under cover” until later in the morning. You should hear Spike grumble if I happen to bump him while he’s counting his zzzzzs!

      Gee, Mindy, I commiserate with you. Georgia should adopt “muggy buggy” as its byline. You know how New York is the Empire State? How about “Georgia the Muggy Buggy State?” Oh no, now my Georgia readers will be after me . ..

      The “I think” in your statement about becoming a full-timer has me wondering if you are committed to the lifestyle change. Good luck deciding what is best for you. I hope my blog helps.

  63. So glad to see you back Sue! Grant says to tell Spike and Bridget he missed them while they were on vacation from blogging. He is eagerly awaiting a canine corner post.
    Juley and Grant

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s nice to be back, Juley! Yes, I need to get the crew back to work on the Canine Corner. I wish one of them had an IT degree. Thanks for commenting, even after so many ahead of you. It’s reassuring to know I haven’t lost you!

  64. Patricia Leonhardt says:

    Oh Sue welcome back! I have REALLY missed you and Spike and Bridget all week! So glad things are working out. Sincerely a fellow procrastinator.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello Patricia!

      Why do we procrastinate so? When I was a teacher I couldn’t procrastinate about anything as the gears of the school year keep turning no matter what and there’s no stopping them. But in my personal life? Oh boy. One of these years I’m going to do my taxes before April rolls around.

      Thanks for the welcome. I missed you, too! As for Spike and Bridget, they’re clueless. With them it’s all about food, sleep, walks, and adventures!

  65. Jenny J says:

    Gee, Glad to have you back — I have missed Bridget and Spike and their antics (well, I missed you too) Keep on writin’ and I will keep on readin’

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jenny! I realize you and most of my readers enjoy the antics of Bridget and Spike, and I’m happy to share them with you, but, remember, I have to live with them! Sometimes they drive me batty. Bridget is little Miss Passive-Aggressive and Spike is, well . . . SPIKE!

      Thank you for your loyalty to my blog.

  66. rvsueandcrew says:

    I missed you, too, Linda. I appreciate you dropping in with a comment.

  67. Ms. Minimal says:

    I have been gone for a week without internet connectivity, but I’m thankful for that because you have become a daily part of my coffee life and I would have been wondering, “What the heck!!”

    Looking forward to seeing what RV Sue & Crew has in store for us.

    Ms. Minimal

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great timing, Ms. M! We are in sync!

      I’ve been saying “What the heck!” a lot lately, trying to get back into blogging again. All these warm welcomes make it worthwhile, including yours. Thanks for writing.

  68. Louise says:

    Hurrah! You’re back! I was so hoping that your absence was from technical problems instead of something really scary!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That was my first thought when I saw my blog frozen. People will think I drove the PTV off a cliff or the boogeyman got the crew and me or the BLT is stuck in sand up to her high-lift axle and my laptop died and Spike hid my cellphone, and, and . . . . 🙂

      Good thing I was able to post messages in the comments section. Thanks for dropping in, Louise.

  69. Jeanne says:

    Glad to have you back Sue! You are a wonderful resource for those of us on the road (and those that want to be). Your blog is so well written, and I missed not seeing the posts popping up in my Reader. Glad you were able to get it all worked out.
    Safe travels!
    Jeanne (and Riley)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Jeanne! (Love that name, Riley)

      I’ll enjoy everything going back to “normal.” And I love my full-timing “normal!”

      It’s fantastic to be able to look at the future as if it’s a huge platter of delicacies . . . Hmmm . . . What shall I do next? Where shall I go? Shall I have another one of these, or should I try something new? LOVE IT!

      Thanks for the compliments.

  70. Marcia GB says:

    SO GLAD you guys are back – yay! What would we do without our daily dose of Sue and the Crew? I look forward to hearing your adventures for much time to come.

    The Goblins are amazing! I just put them on the old bucket list 😉

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The goblins are quite a sight. It must be a fun vacation for children whose parents take them camping at the state park campground and then let them play among the goblins all day with a picnic under the shelter. It was fun watching the families having fun (in spite of the tantrum-throwing kid!).

      Thanks for adding your kind words, Marcia.

  71. Sherry says:

    Glad you are back.Have really missed you and the crew.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Sherry. With all this attention, maybe I should go away more often. 🙂

  72. Cherie from OH says:

    Soooo glad to have you back, Sue. I missed ya somethin awful! Love the pic of your copilot, but tell him to move over and make room for me!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Cherie . . . For the time being, you can get inside Spikey’s head and see the world through his eyes on this blog. Thanks for the sweet comment.

  73. Wayne says:

    glad to see you are back.

  74. Jim Walter says:

    I came across your blog because the name Goblin State Park caught my attention. It’s a very interesting post with great photos. But nowhere on your post do you mention what state you’re in. It would be helpful to occasional or first-time readers is you led each of your posts with your location by city and state. Just a suggestion. Thanks. Jim

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Great suggestion, Jim. I usually do mention the location at the beginning of each post or somewhere in the first or second paragraph.

      Another thing you can do is look at the sidebar for Where We Are Now. I try to keep that up-to-date.

      I’m so glad you found my blog. I hope you will stay with me and the crew and this wonderful community of readers who have adventure in their hearts and gypsy in their souls!

  75. Ed says:

    I too am overcome with ISS when I go to those places that are on everyone’s ‘bucket list’. That is one of reasons that I avoid them as much as you do. Another reason, as you also well know, is most of the ‘bucket list’ places are not dog friendly.

    You did take a great picture captioned “Security goblins” that I don’t remember seeing before. I would prefer to call those chess pieces rather than goblins however.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Ed!

      Yes! Perfect! Those goblins do look like chess pieces. I should’ve made the connection immediately, as a former member of a competing chess club, but that was many years ago.

      It’s good to hear from someone who also experiences Internet Spoiler Syndrome also known as Interesting Stuff Saturation. A person can only absorb so much spectacle!

  76. Diane says:

    Glad to have you back in cyber space. I missed your posts. I hope things clear up with the new blog. Nothing like being pushed to get you out of procrastination mode.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Boy, do I need a good push once in a while. I put off doing the dishes, for instance, just throwing them into a dishpan. Then when I can’t find anything off of which I might eat a meal in a civilized manner, I get around to washing them. I use the excuse that this method conserves water. Sure.

      I missed you, too, Diane. Thanks for the comment.

  77. Bill & Ann says:

    Glad you are back! Missed you. By the way, we have a good connection again. On to La Pine State Park for several months. Take care and keep posting.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, guys! I’ve been missing you, too! Great to hear you’ve got a good connection and can visit us. Good luck settling into La Pine. I’ll be wanting an update on your house-building, once you have the time. 🙂

  78. Don in Okla. says:

    Hooray Sue
    So glad to see you all are back up and going. Your absence sure left a void in my day. It’s just like seeing a dear friend again.
    Best wishes to you all.
    Don in Okla.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      “It’s just like seeing a dear friend again.” What a tender sentiment. Thank you, Don. It’s amazing that the internet can bring me and the crew into people’s daily lives in such a personal way. It’s hard for me to fathom sometimes.

      Best wishes to you, your family, and all the folks in Oklahoma.

  79. John fossildreamer says:

    Hi Sue, It’s only 9:45 am but I feel like my day is complete,, So glad you are back,,
    And has fate with have it you return the day TIOGA GEORGE Posts his last blog..
    This with out a doubt in my mind leaves you as the, Queen of Blogs
    May you also rein for many years… ps thanks for really making me feel good..
    Safe travel’s Sue

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, John! It makes me proud to think my blog can brighten someone’s day.

      Oh, I don’t want to be the Queen of Blogs… What I really want is for the King of Blogs (Tioga George) to be posting again. But the grown-up part of me realizes the man deserves some rest. He’s made quite a positive contribution to the world.

  80. Dixie (N.MN.) says:

    Hi SUE!!! Oh my goodness!! I’m so relieved! I was really getting worried about you and selfishly I was really missing my regular dose of Sue and the Crew! What a joy to open my e-mail today and find that you are back!!! Happy day! I always look forward to whatever your latest adventure is. Hope all your “techno” problems are solved.May the rest of your summer go “smoothly”. Hugs to the Pups!,Dixie

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Dixie! Good to see you here!

      No, my techno problems are not solved . . . yet. My biggest heartache of the entire ordeal was the loss of my slideshows. I still have the photos, but the slideshows are kaput. I’m going to go back and try to reconstruct them individually which will probably take about an hour for each one, if I can do it at all.

      Best wishes to you, too, for a carefree and enjoyable summer!

  81. lynne says:

    What a Memorial Day vacation! You can’t have another one until Labor Day weekend.

    Missed you, too! You provided so many of us a lesson in the blog world. Who knew?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Lynne!

      I think Memorial Day Weekend delayed my comeback. I missed you, too! Yes, there’s a lot to learn about the world of blogging. I’m walking a similar tightrope with Amazon. One wrong move and it’s gone!

      Thanks for adding your thoughts.

  82. Ed says:

    ” I still have the photos, but the slideshows are kaput. I’m going to go back and try to reconstruct them individually which will probably take about an hour for each one, if I can do it at all. ”

    I don’t know if what I’m going to suggest will be any quicker but I would think so.
    1) You need to be able to open your old blog, be able to go to the archives and open the posting that has a slide show. I assume that you can.
    2) Click on View Page Source and then scroll down until you find this on line #166: This slideshow requires JavaScript.</p……..
    I have used your posting of April 18, 2013 in this example.
    3) Compare the code that you see in your old posting to what is shown in your new page for that same date. I assume that you will find that the slideshow coding is missing.
    4) This is the part that I do NOT KNOW if you can do or not but will be easier than re-building the slide show from scratch. Copy ALL of the missing slideshow code from the old page and Paste to the new page for that same date in the space where it is missing.
    Good Luck!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you so much, Ed. I’ve copied and saved your instructions and will see what I can do with them in the morning when I’m fresh (I’ve been online almost all day.)

  83. Allen Flanagan says:

    Donna & I along with Dakota, Isabelle & Pippy are glad you’re back. Every post is a lesson learned. Keep it coming’.

  84. karen says:

    Yippee! So glad and relieved to see you back. Was really getting worried! Love reading your posts! Safe travels to you and the crew!!

  85. Ruth Rocchio says:

    I love your blog and have learned a whole lot reading it so am very happy you are up and running as usual. In fact I just put your blog as a link on the vandwellers page on facebook because your break down of expenses is so very helpful. Thanks Sue, I know you are not much of a people person but we people just “loves ya to pieces!”

  86. Crystal Baker says:

    I’ve missed you! We live vicariously through you, ya know 🙂 The comments in my camping Facebook pages were all the same: What happened? We hope she’s back soon!

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