Thoreau got it right

Friday, July 21

“This is going to be so much fun!”

Reggie, Roger and I have returned to Kootenai Falls.  The parking lot is pretty full because I didn’t bring us here as early as I’d planned.

Having Wifi at the RV park lured me into spending most of the morning blogging and catching up on emails and the news.  Then there were groceries to shop for.

Before lifting the crew down to the payment, I remind them, “Okay, poopies.  I need you to be very good boys.”

We set off on the path through the woods.

I have only a few photos due to people being close by.  Anticipation grows as the path turns at this sign.

We wind our way down the narrow path.  Roger is in front of me and Reggie is behind.

People going the other way squeeze by us and this excites Roger.  He barks and jumps and pulls on the leash.  He’s not being aggressive or protective.  The guy just loves meeting people. This from the dog whom only a short while ago couldn’t be caught.

Some folks are forgiving and smile; others shrink back and flash a look of contempt.

Oh , well . . . That’s their problem.

We come to the walkway over the railroad tracks.  

I wait until the crowd goes by.

We walk out to the middle and here comes the train!

I stick the camera up to one of the openings in the fence.

Surprisingly the crew isn’t affected by the noise coming up from below.  We reach the other side where there are stairs going to a landing and then more stairs.

“Oh, nooooo!”

The stairs and landing have “holes” too large for chihuahua paws!

To make it worse, each opening has a rough ridge around it, probably for the purpose of keeping people-feet from slipping.

I stare at this monstrosity of an obstacle.

If no one were here to jostle us and get impatient with us, I could sit down holding Reg in one armpit and Rog in the other, and scoot my butt down the steps.  Then I’d have to stand and . . . .oh, that would be a job.  Gee, Roger is so strong and wiggly when excited. It would be hard to hold him with one arm while keeping my balance . . .   No, we’d better not.  

I turn and catch another pic of the train.

Darn!  I really wanted to see those falls.

A woman notices our predicament.

Roger and Reggie have already made her acquaintance, jumping up to receive her affection.  She loves on them both while I express my disappointment.

The woman offers “I could carry one while you carry the other.”

“That’s very nice of you, but then we’d have the way back . . . .”

(The woman is leaving and wouldn’t be around to help us up the steps.)

“I’m so sorry,” she commiserates.  “These two are the cutest!” she adds, still involved with the crew. I tell her their names and she mentions again that’s it’s too bad the stairs are made that way.

“It’s okay,” I shrug.  “There’s always youtube and I did see the train!

~ ~ ~

The crew and I motor northwest on Route 2 to our next camp.

I’m disappointed, yeah.  But, really, am I in a position to be disappointed?  So I missed the falls.  What about all the experiences I have?  The beautiful scenery, the different and interesting camps, the wildlife, trees, flowers,dogs, the crew having fun . . . . I have much to be grateful for.

As I drive along, I enjoy glimpses of Kootenai River.

And the rivers, oh, all the rivers . . . No, I’m not in a position to be disappointed!

Only about 20 miles from Kootenai Falls, we turn into Yaak River Campground.

Slowly we ride around searching for the best site for us.  The campsites closest to the river are occupied.

That’s okay.  We can walk to the river.

There’s an Airstream . . .

And an R-pod with slide . . .

And a cute, little vintage trailer freshly painted in blue and white with a yellow stripe . . .

I find a pull-through that looks good and is away from the other campers.

I park the PTV and BLT.

“Hang on, guys.  I know you’re excited.  It won’t be long and you can get out.  In fact, I happen to know there’s a rotisserie chicken . . . .

Oh, my.  I don’t believe it!  A deer right beside the campsite.  What a graceful creature . . .

That’s the sort of welcome I like!  Wow!  No, I’m not in a position to be disappointed.  Not at all . . .

About the title of this post . . .

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” — Thoreau


NOTE:  Under the previous post a new reader of my blog asked why I chose a travel trailer over a Class A or Class C.  We’ve discussed the pros and cons of different types of rigs at various points in the past and several of you know my reasons for wanting a travel trailer.

I spend so much time preparing posts while sitting in the PTV with the crew along the road where there’s internet that there’s no time to reply the way I’d like.  If you are so inclined, please do me a big favor and answer the new blogorino’s question “Why did RVSue choose a travel trailer?”  Thank you! — Sue



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65 Responses to Thoreau got it right

  1. Dave Stewart (in missouri for now) says:


  2. milliehubbard says:

    Yes Dave, you made it!!

  3. Willow (AZ) says:

    What an enjoyable post, and then have the excitement of the deer 🦌 to welcome you. Life is good.

  4. milliehubbard says:

    Oh Sue, such beautiful pictures and such a wonderful spirit coming through your post. I always enjoy your observations on life 🙂

  5. Judy in East Texas says:

    Hi Sue and crew. Those stairs are the worst. The Donald and I happened up on them once, The Donald took one step and looked up at me like “Yea momma, in your dreams I’m going up this thing” I’m actually surprised that there wasn’t a ramp for H/C persons!! The older I get the weaker my knees get and I always opt for ramps as opposed to stairs!
    The picture of the deer was great. I have a few that wonder around the farm and sometimes I’m lucky enough they wonder right up close to my office window.
    Well back to the grind and thanks for the adventure,
    Stay safe out there my friend, judy

    • Judy in East Texas says:

      that should be WANDER not wonder!! should have checked my thoughts before posting….ha ha ha

  6. Sharon in MO says:

    We have seen the Kootenai Falls, and they are beautiful! Maybe another time you can work it out to see them. Anyway, you are right that there are so many beautiful sights in this world to enjoy that missing one is not that big of a deal.

  7. Kristi w/o Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

    Northwest Montana is always beautiful and one of my favorite places. We had to say good-bye to Daisie last Saturday. Her lymphoma progressed to where it was affecting her breathing, although she never lost her appetite (my little chunky dunk) and she seemed okay in so many other ways. But watching her struggle to breath was hard and I didn’t want her to be anxious over it–our furbabies don’t understand why things happen to them. Our local humane society was beyond compassionate and I will always be grateful to the vet who assisted us. I totally understand your loss of Bridget and Spike. Some day I may find another companion for my travels, but today is not that day. I need some time to grieve the loss of a wonderful canine companion.

    • Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

      I am so sorry for your loss. Your pain comes through in your comment.

    • Pat from Mich. says:

      Their lives are too short. I remember each one that I have lost, even the 2 day old baby girl that died in my hands. I’m so sorry for your loss. Daisie sounds wonderful.


    • Gail from Buckeye AZ says:

      I am so very sorry for your loss. I recently lost one of my little ones so am still feeling the deep painful hurt you are experiencing. In time the pain will be easier to live with but the pain and the emptiness will never go away.

      • Barbara (Nashville) says:

        Sorry for your loss. It takes me about 6 months to recover enough to think about another pet.

    • Pam from Wisconsin says:

      So sorry for your loss. Your little Daisie was well-loved, and in time maybe a little one will find you and it will feel right again.

    • Dawn in MI says:

      Kristie I’m so very sorry about Daisie. She sounds wonderful. I know you will misd her terribly.

    • Elizabeth in WA says:

      Never a good day to say goodbye…so sorry to hear of your loss…sending hugs and prayers for your comfort!! I so miss many of our fur babies long passed.

    • Krystina says:

      So sorry to hear about Daisie. It must be such a loss. Sending prayers that your heart heals a little bit every day.

    • Geri in the FL panhandle! says:

      So sorry it was time to say goodbye to Daisie! When we had to say goodbye to our sweet DoogieBowser last December it was so hard! Chuck and I loved him so much, so I do understand that pain and sorrow.
      What did surprise me was the very next week, Chuck wanted to go to our humane society! He felt the tug that a new friend was there waiting for him. That is when Tater introduced himself!
      This turned out to be the best thing ever for all of us! The pain of Doogie being gone was still there, but the joy of meeting Tater (who really needed us) eased our loss. It may not work that way for any of you, but it sure brought a lot of happiness to our home!
      Just a thought I wanted to share Kristi, hope you don’t mind!

    • Kristi w/o Daisie (Nampa, ID) says:

      Thank you all. <3

  8. Linda Sand (Minnesota) says:

    One reason Sue bought a trailer is that she can park it in the shade while putting the PTV in the sun thus getting solar power without the heat.

  9. weather says:

    Your reasons for not believing you’re in a position to be disappointed make a perfect illustration of what I just mentioned in a comment on the last post. I was writing that when this post arrived. I’m on my way to take care of a few things at the moment. If no one else has provided an answer about your choice of an rv here before I get back on line, I’ll try to do that, and respond more to this post when I’m not so busy.

  10. Pat from Mich. says:

    I have always loved motor homes and I look longingly at every one I see. However, to be practical, a vehicles engine is much shorter lived than the rest of the vehicle. Every time you have to have work done on a motor homes engine, your whole house must go into the shop leaving you temporarily homeless. A good travel trailer will outlive 3 or 4 tow vehicles. Also, unless you are going to tow a car behind your mh, you will have to pack up everything everytime you want to go to the store or go sightseeing.

  11. Barbara CA says:

    For me, pulling a trailer allows you to stay free of a home, yet have the necessaries of a home when needed. How else to experience the things we normally drive or walk by without notice? I’ve thought a lot about Sue’s and other’s choices for traveling and just figure that perhaps the choice rests upon experiencing that personally balanced contentment of travel and life. Like the woman says, there is little time or need to feel disappointed when so much is allowed by travelling with your home and crew.

  12. Joyce sutton says:

    Also sue can unhook from trailer and use van to explore and and look for campsites away from the general populate. The solar will still be charging batteries as she carries them in the van. When she returns to trailer she plugs in and is good to go. I wish for that setup but have a motorhome and am reverse challenged. But it is easier setup. In fact I seldom bother to do more than plug in. It’s according to how level the site is. But my rig is hard to look for the isolated sites I yearn for as it’s so big I don’t do risky. I need to look where I’m going first which I can’t do. Sigh. Hard to have everything you want on a SS check. I do have a small nest egg left after all the repairs this summer so still may find a suitcase type solar set up in the future. I saw just the right setup in kalispell this spring. 2 folding cases for the rig and tiny one for the phones. But will have to find someone to rig the right setup as I don’t even know enough about it to be dangerous. Just as well probably as then I’m forced to get the expert and get the right stuff installed right. pS and if I turn right at the next block will that be the right way or off the right away. Lol

    • Mostlylost says:

      Yeah, we have a motorhome, too. We would have loved a trailer, but couldn’t find a toyhauler that would hold up to us full-timing in it – and the motorcycle had to come with us. That’s another reason RVsue choose a Casita – these fiberglass ‘eggs’ have a reputation for being very sturdy. Considering the roads she likes to explore, that’s a good thing!

  13. Marilu in Northern California says:

    Okay, I’ll attempt to answer the question about why Sue chose a trailer and a van tow vehicle over a class C or class A.
    First, welcome to the new Blogorino who asked the question. We’re a pretty friendly group and we enjoy chatting with each other and answering questions when Sue doesn’t have internet.
    I believe Sue chose her Casita trailer because:
    1) She wants a home to come back to rather than hauling the home with her everywhere.
    2) She can explore little roads, towns and sights in her tow vehicle where it would be difficult or impossible to take a motorhome.
    3) She researched for a long time and found the Casita to be a well-constructed, sturdy little trailer that made her happy and feel comfortable.
    4) Packing up everything and securing it every time she needed groceries or wanted to check out new camps would be a real pain.
    5) The van provides a tremendous amount of storage for items she needs but doesn’t use everyday.
    6) She could afford to buy it and the maintenance is affordable.

    How did I do, Sue?

    How did I do, Sue?

  14. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    This is a reply for Annie who wanted to know why Sue chose a pull behind instead of a Class A or C. The primary answer is flexibility followed by cost. With a tow-able trailer you can set up camp and then disconnect the tow vehicle and take day trips around the area sightseeing, go to town for groceries or whatever you want without needing to re-level the vehicle or losing your camping spot. This is important especially in the winter when she camps for several weeks at a time in the same place. The solar system on the PTV allows Sue to park the BLT in the shade for comfort and the PTV in the sun to charge the batteries. The PTV cargo van/BLT combo is easy to maneuver and provides more combined easily accessible storage space than a single vehicle would.

    Sue bought a used Cargo Van and a New Casita. By choosing a new Casita she got exactly the features and floor plan she wanted (and didn’t pay for stuff she didn’t want). Choosing a used Cargo Van saved her a ton of money. Together, it was the most affordable and practical combination. Fiberglass trailers like the Casita last for 30 years or more and when the PTV wears out as it eventually may, Sue will only need to replace it and not make any changes in her home. She also doesn’t have to find a place to live if the PTV needs repairs.

    RVSue decided that this was the best choice for HER. Everyone needs to evaluate their own personal needs and preferences, camping style, and budget and make the decision that works best for them.

    • Well said. We decided on our Casita around the same time as Sue. Made the trip to Rice and picked up MiniPearl on Valentine’s Day 2012! Our decision was for all the same reasons and we have never had second thoughts. Lots of folks say you have to go through several rigs before you settle on the right one for you…we could not afford to make a mistake and after 5 years and over 40,000 miles on her…MiniPearl was perfect for us.

  15. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Good job Reine & Marilu. Believe you both got is exactly right, if my memory serve me right. As much as I always wanted a B+ to travel, weighing the pros & cons as Sue did, as well as the costs, convinced me that a small trailer and tow vehicle was the best way to go. Plus I think the fiberglass egg-type vehicles are really cute.

  16. Maryanne Davis-Baldwin says:

    I’ve not seen my recent comment show up here. Maybe I did the so difficult math problem wrong!! Re the trailer choice by Sue: my understanding is as others have said, having your house separate from your propulsion is better. One can be fixed while the other can be used, either can becompletely replaced, the house can be at the camp site while the car/truck/van visits the sights nearby or even goes someplace overnight. Some feel backing a trailer may prove difficult. To me, the learning curve was steep but short. And so far, there’s always someone who wants to help. At first I used drive through sites but practiced in empty parking lots-ones with bright paint marking the parking places were the best for that. Hope that mirrors Sue’s thoughts.

    • Marilu in Northern California says:

      Maryanne, sometimes for some inexplicable reason comments show up way out of order. You probably did nothing wrong, it’s just taking its time.

  17. Barbara from Camano Is. says:

    What beautiful pictures. I love the deer. It is so regal. The steps looked down right sinister! Thanks, Sue, for all the thought and time you put into each travel log. I so enjoy reading them. And I love the ongoing saga of Roger and Reggie. Their pictures together warm my heart.

  18. Gary says:

    I don’t blame you Sue, those stairs aren’t for the faint hearted or dogs. I saw some larger dogs using the stairs, but I wouldn’t let my Aussie do the steps, even if he wanted to. I was told the spacing is due to the weight of the large amounts of snow in the winter time.

    I actually went back without back K-9 companion this year and found the falls very beautiful. The bridge is a little spooky if you are nervous about heights. Especially if you have younger kids along. It’s all fun.

  19. chas anderson says:

    Lots of variables in what rig to choose.I towed a trailer for years and switched to a Class C.My trailer was a large one and towing a large trailer is much harder (in my opinion) than driving Class C and towing a small compact car.Also, we flat tow and it takes less than a minute to hook or unhook the toad.I would not drive a Class C if my toad had to be up on a dolley.

    If I were a small rig person like Sue, I would tow a trailer.I think 24 to 26 feet is the grey area.Less than that trailer.More than that Class C.

    Just my opinion but I feel much safer and less stressed driving the Class C.

  20. Mary & Paul & Micky says:

    Just wanted to say how much we continue to enjoy “the Crew’s” exploits. Reading about your adventures has helped with our own travels. Can’t say how many times we’ve gone to your archives for suggestions and help. Thanks to you and the crew for being you!

  21. Karen in Pacific NW says:

    There are lots of all fiberglass trailers to choose from but not very many molded fiberglass motorhomes on the market. Trust me, you want molded fiberglass for longevity and for way fewer leaking issues too.

    Then there is the benefit of setting up camp and leaving it set up for a long while and having a vehicle to go into town with. With a motorhome every trip into town means breaking camp and stowing everything securely away. Plus the trailer reserves your precious camp spot so that no one moves into it while you are away.

    It is a lot easier to find parking spaces when you go shopping if you don’t need a double long spot.

    Yes trailer in the shade and solar in the sun although you can do the same with portable panels. However portable panels are much more inclined to “grow legs” and follow a new owner home than something that is fixed in place up on a roof.

  22. Reine in Plano (when not camping) says:

    When you’re determining what RV or combination of RV plus tow or toad, everyone needs to consider their budget and how much space is needed to be comfortable. Budget, space and camping preferences may rule some rigs in or out. Figure out what’s really important to you and go for it.

    Going back to and reading the posts from the very beginning of this blog might help some folks understand all the decisions that went into RVSue’s lifestyle.

  23. Renee from Idaho says:

    I love the title of your post and the quote from Thoreau. So, so true. As an artist I can identify with this quote. So often, I am disappointed in the results of my work, but in that disappointment, I learn so much . . . from my mistakes. As a result, the next painting is better because of the lessons I’ve learned in the disappointments. So goes the many travels we embark on. When my husband and I have to take another route due to time or avoid an area due to fires, we always find something sweeter that leaves us fulfilled. Thank you, Sue, for your wisdom.

  24. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Snow stairs…so humans won’t slip! It’s just a sign…that you realized continuing on wasn’t meant to be.

    In a nutshell….RVSue chose the BLT, number one…it fit best for her needs! She can drop it and take the crew on adventures….and smile when she sees her home as she returns. She certainly isn’t worried about climbing into the cab of a C for a quick getaway! An A wouldn’t be practical for where she likes to stop.

    Had a C and it did what it was meant for…CA to NY with the furkids. No chance to sightsee without dragging our house with us..or trips to the store…losing our site etc. inhibited for sure. If we were to do it again (not drive across the USofA) but to go on an adventure…a travel trailer (molded fiberglass) for sure!

    What works for one might not work for another!

  25. Archae says:

    That last photo with the dogs looking at the deer is priceless!!!
    And Thoreau got so many things right.
    Thanks Sue and Reggie and Roger for your adventures!

  26. Jim says:

    Hi Sue
    I’m a full time RV’er who has followed your blog for years and will continue to do so. But I must comment on something you said.

    “People going the other way squeeze by us and this excites Roger. He barks and jumps and pulls on the leash. He’s not being aggressive or protective. The guy just loves meeting people. This from the dog whom only a short while ago couldn’t be caught.
    Some folks are forgiving and smile; others shrink back and flash a look of contempt.
    Oh , well . . . That’s their problem”.

    Actually, I don’t think that a barking snapping little dog is their problem. Many people like nature for the peace and quiet of it. And a little dog barking and snapping at them is no fun at all. It’s sort of like being in a beautiful quiet campground and having your neighbor fire up a generator. Or paddling a kayak on a quiet beautiful lake and having a jet ski’s blast by you. Or ATV’s roar by you as you hike quietly in the desert.

    Many of us like nature for the simple peace and quiet of it. I like dogs. But I like well behaved dogs. I don’t like strange dogs barking and jumping on me and I think most people would say the same, if they were honest.


    • ReneeG from Idaho says:

      Well, Jim, you have a point, and then again you don’t as it depends on the person. I love dogs, even slobbering ones. Had I been there with Sue, I would’ve greeted Roger gleefully. I’ve noticed what Sue has noticed because my little terrier is overly friendly and I too keep her at bay and notice who is a dog person and who isn’t, but I just hold her back out of respect for them. I also ask if I can approach them with her because she just loves people and doesn’t get enough exposure at home.

    • Cinandjules 🌵 says:

      I believe the “problem” is when an individual simply ignores an “issue” and FAILS to make corrections.

      This is not the case. Rog has come a long way in such a short time. He’s doing better with passing vehicles…and with exposure become obedient.

      Screaming kids, barking dogs, loud music, generator, ATV, OHV…..etc.
      Training a dog can be a difficult task…as opposed to a child/adult ..I’d rather
      take my chances with a dog!
      Best regards!

    • I didn’t scroll back to the top to reread her post, but I don’t believe Rog was “snapping” at anyone. Also, I’m lead to believe this is a tourist attraction with quit a lot of people coming and going as opposed to a nature vista exuding peace, quiet, and tranquility. Having never been there, I could be completely wrong…

  27. Elizabeth in WA says:

    I am sorry you found such a dangerous stairs to the falls…I personally, being quite klutzy, would not want to chance falling on those stairs either!! You know, Sue, there are some people who are just petrified of dogs…maybe with good reason…though most dogs are friendly to me, I confess I will go far out of my way to avoid some breeds…we all have our reasons for how we feel. I would not take offense at anyone who did not appreciate a barking dog near them. Glad you found a good spot to land…you are sure fortunate…we are in the midst of a heat wave here plus tons of smoke…it is difficult here as most do not have AC and we have to keep the house closed due to all the smoke…though probably the smoke did us one favor in helping keep the temps lower than it might have been!! I will sure be glad when it all clears…I see we have only a 10% chance of some rain tonight…sure hope and pray it does so!!

  28. Eileen Dykeman says:

    I love the Thoreau quote, and it’s so true!

  29. Terri in Texas says:

    Well Jim has a point, but I don’t think Sue said Roger was “SNAPPING”, just barking and pulling on the leash. A snapping dog denotes hostility, not excitement. Nobody likes mean looks from other people and I am sure RvSue was keeping Roger away from them. So in that regard, yeah, it was their problem.
    I am now going to youtube to look at the Falls!
    Safe Travels!

  30. Libby Nester WV/PA says:

    RVSue has many reasons for her choice of accomodations………

    Sorry the steps were so inappropriate. I guess they would be good for snow.

  31. weather says:

    May 31st,was Roger’s first whole day with you,by July 21st he loves to meet people and his excitement about that shows. What a delightful transformation in just seven weeks. You’ve mentioned several times that with your guidance he is making progress, and we can trust that to continue. I’m impressed by how quickly his being loved and gently encouraged to behave more sedately has worked already. I think your instincts about how to best help him adapt have been spot on, and believe you should trust those.

    My last male dog had been abandoned in the woods near my home in the country. His fears indicated prior neglect and abuse much like what may have been part of Roger’s past. My first memory of him, so afraid to trust, was heart breaking. Several months later he was at peace inside, so you wouldn’t have known his history had been tragic. An encounter when approaching someone new to him was much nicer for all involved. Like you, I wasn’t in an environment where my dogs had frequent opportunities to socialize with people and other canines he didn’t know. Had we been among the public more often perhaps progress would have been more rapid. I knew he needed time to heal, though, so let our normal lives flow without forcing changes.

    You didn’t say that Roger was snapping at people or jumping on them, you said he barks, jumps and pulls on the leash. Crossing paths with other folks takes what, a few seconds or couple of minutes if the crowd is walking slowly? I guess that might be long enough to upset someone easily troubled by barking dogs or noise in general. It’s not your job to make sure no one encounters whatever they are afraid of or annoyed by. I know that you care about people, are a very considerate person and would like everyone to be happy. But, your primary responsibility is taking care of yourself and those in your care.

    For now, I agree, how others react to Roger’s behavior is their problem. If something about people and animals traumatizes me it’s my choice to avoid it or not . I choose not to live in total isolation, but that is an option available to most people. I can see why someone unfamiliar with you might see “Oh well, that’s their problem.” and think you meant it doesn’t matter to you that Roger isn’t the model of perfection around people. I hope folks take the time to see that phrase in the context of the whole story of your experience thus far with Roger and think it through, though. Who among us could do any better or has the right to judge another’s efforts without living in their shoes?

    • Ruthie in Fontana says:

      Weather, you are always spot on, Since Jim felt the need to comment maybe it would do him good to get the whole picture before commenting again! Sue is doing a great service to those who love dogs and need help with various behaviors.

    • Diann in MT says:

      weather, I understand both sides. I encounter persons who are fearful of dogs, just being within the same perimeter. Something in their history, I suppose. I cannot judge anyone whom I encounter with my dog. I respect their responses and do the best to mitigate my dog’s presence if the humans are fearful. I move my dog away and move on. I agree with Sue in the fact that “it’s their problem” because it really is and we cannot understand.

  32. Terri Texas says:

    What Weather said!

  33. Jim says:

    Well, I seem to have annoyed a few by my previous post. . . and that was not my intent. As I stated, I have followed this blog for quite some time and I do not for a moment think Sue is some “shrinking violet” that is not able to see the other side of an issue.
    I am not one that would simply troll a blog looking for a fight. In fact, the owner of this blog had mentioned that she hoped that respondents would start to interact among themselves.
    I love good cigars. And I mean really good cigars. I know that the smell annoys anyone within 100 yards of me. And so, when I’m in a campground near people I keep that in mind. I will walk or ride far off , because I understand that what I love can be an annoyance to others.

  34. Cinandjules 🌵 says:

    Minor inaccurate details….were addressed…..I don’t believe anyone was annoyed!

    Cigars eh? Kind of reminds me of clove cigarette vapors….back in the day! Do they even sell those anymore?
    Never smoked a cigar…
    Jules’ brother smokes them…and swisher sweets.
    So Jim…..where are you? We already have an AZ Jim….and Detta..

  35. ValGal (westernWA) says:

    More fun adventures! The crew did pretty well with railroad bridge and train. I’m glad you didn’t try to scotch down the stairs on your behind. I think those steps would have shredded your pants. That would be embarrassing!

    I think people have mentioned most of your reasons for getting the BLT other than, well, it’s the BLT. With a name like that, it’s gotta be good. Coupled with the PTV, Sue has what works extremely well for her.

    I hope the Canadian fire smoke is not bothering you. It’s been been awful here.

    Hope everyone is staying cool.

  36. Oh those dreaded non-slip gripper surfaces!! We find them on boat docks quite often and Tessa is not a fan! They don’t cut her paws, but they’re not comfortable 🙁 No, we certainly can’t complain when something turns us back from something we want to see – or if a planned sight is less than we expected. Because our norm is just the opposite!!!

  37. Only one person mentioned a toad with a class C. That completely changes the picture when you have that combo vs. class C only. I’ve had both, and prefer to tow a trailer. If I was FT that might be different, but being a weekend camper, or trips of a couple of weeks here and there, I found a Class C more difficult to maintain. If you have a toad, most of the reasons given (can’t sightsee, can’t save your “spot”, want a home to return to, etc) are negated, except for being nimble or having your “home” in for repairs. I wouldn’t take a C places where I’d take a small trailer.

  38. Shirley Altenes says:

    What a beautiful picture of the deer! Yesterday evening two deer ran out right in front of us! My husband had to slam on the breaks and we just missed them! We have seen many deer cross the road where we travel but this was the closest we have ever been to almost hitting one! They are such beautiful creatures and from now on we will make sure to go very slow in this area on the highway. Your pictures of Montana are so beautiful! I’m really missing Yellowstone right now! Last weekend was so nice up there and I didn’t want our getaway weekend to end.

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