Trout, rabbits, a new friend, an old friend

Wednesday, September 10

After breakfast Bridget and I ride the Perfect Tow Vehicle to the “rise” of the Popo Agie (pronounced Puh-PO’-Shuh).  The river surfaces after flowing underground for a fourth of a mile.

1-P1000170The “Rise,” Sinks Canyon State Park, Lander, Wyoming

When the water rises it forms a calm pool.  This pool is home to different varieties of trout.  The pool isn’t stocked; it naturally contains trout up to 10 pounds.  Some locals believe there are trout in there as big as 20 pounds.

Bridget and I stand on the pier above the pool.

I watch the fish swim below and toss in some fish food I purchased from the vending machine.  The water swirls as lunkers grab a snack.

1-P1000142Hmm . . .  I think I’ll see what the zoom on my camera can do . . .

From approximately 25 feet above the surface of the water, I take this photo of a fish underwater.

1-P1000144Not bad, eh?  Do you know what kind of fish this is?

“Okay, Bridget.  We can go on our walk now.”

She’s in her harness on-leash and excited to trot down the paved walkway.  The walk takes us through “overlapping riparian zones”  — three in all.  (See, I did read the interpretive signs).

1-P1000147Bridget tolerates the new camera better than the old one.  She stops and allows me to snap the above photo.

“Oh, look!  There goes a rabbit!”

Bridge watches it hop up the walkway and into the grass.  The rabbit stops and sits motionless, the way rabbits do in these situations.

Heh-heh.  Now I can give my camera another test!  

1-P1000145Photo taken approximately 20 feet away (hand held)

Bridget and I continue along the walkway and cross a bridge over a stream bed of boulders that fills with mountain runoff during spring.  The Popo Agie is underground, remember?

I dart ahead, turn, and take this picture of Bridget.

1-P1000158It’s a cool morning and much of the canyon is still in shade due to the early hour.  We hurry along until we reach the “sinks” where the Popo Agie disappears into an underground cavern.

1-P1000149On the walk back to the Perfect Tow Vehicle, we meet our furry friend again . . . or one of his relatives.

1-P1000155Photo take from 40 feet (hand held)

We walk further and the rabbit moves slightly and then freezes, as if to give me a chance to locate him in the frame.  I’m awestruck to see this little bunny holding up that big boulder!

1-P1000153Photo taken at 15 feet (hand held)

Back at our campsite in Sinks Canyon State Park, we relax for the rest of the morning.

Inside the Best Little Trailer Bridget takes a nap on the bed and I go online.  Around one o’clock I suit her up in the harness again and we walk the campground loop.

We take this exercise program very seriously!

About a third of the way around the loop, I come upon a man looking at one of the yurts.

I use the yurt as a subject to start a conversation.  I learn that Bob and his wife live in Casper, Wyoming, on a ranch where they board horses.  Bob also does part-time driving for the postal service from Casper to Lander.  Before returning to Casper he likes to do things in Lander like visit the state park.  Sometimes he fishes the Popo Agie or hikes the canyon.

Bob and his wife are in that pre-retirement stage of trying to form a vision for how they want to live their retirement years.  Naturally we talk about full-time RVing and I relate some of my experiences as a full-timer.

We end up sitting at a picnic table and talking until 2:30!

1-P1000124Um, RVSue . . . The exercise program?  Remember?

Bridget and I return to our campsite.

I’m expecting a visitor!  When I opened up my laptop this morning, an email from Larry was waiting for me.

Larry is a guy the crew and I camped next to up at Brooks Lake, Wyoming, in July, 2012.  If you click on the link below, you can go back to that camp — one of the most beautiful camps we’ve ever experienced.  (Also at the bottom is a slide show including the grizzly bears and two photos of Spike enjoying a soak.)

“Grizzlies visit our campsite at Brooks Lake!”

Larry soon arrives and we sit outside in camp chairs and visit while the river tumbles past in front of us.  Larry lives in Riverton.  He used to lead dudes, sometimes involving 50-60 horses, on trails up into the Absaroka Mountains where they would camp for a few days. He had to give up riding horses due to health problems which he still battles.  Two recent surgeries prevented us from camping next to each other this year as we had hoped.

It’s great to see him again!

1-P1000152Before Larry leaves for home, we promise each other to keep in touch and to camp together at Falls Campground the next time Bridget and I visit Wyoming.  (The crew and I camped there recently.)

What started with a chilly morning became a full day warmed by good people and sunshine!


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223 Responses to Trout, rabbits, a new friend, an old friend

  1. Edie (OK) says:

    Can’t be first? Sounds like a lot of fun!

  2. Edie (OK) says:

    Wow, I was first. Amazing, and I read the post and admired the pics from the new camera. WOW! Pretty cool that the Bridge isn’t afraid of it (or whatever) lol.

    Really neat place. Sounds like you found some good company also.

    Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Judy E says:

    Visiting old friends is wonderful, especially when on the road and the faces change so often. Glad you caught up with one. Safe travels!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Judy,

      It took us a while to get together. It was nice of Larry to drive all the way from Riverton for a few hours with me.

  4. Denise -Richmond VA says:


  5. gingerd says:

    It’s beautiful where you are. The new camera takes some great shots…love the rabbit picture.

  6. Denise -Richmond VA says:

    Hi, Sue,

    Wow! What a great day you and Bridge had! No more stink eye for the camera! Little Miss is even smiling pretty for the camera!

    Great shots of the fish and bunny. The water is so clean and clear! Based on it’s markings, I think the bunny is the same little guy in all the pictures. I know you are loving your new camera! I am looking forward to seeing how well it captures the moon!

    New friends, old friends…a good day for visiting. Thanks for adding the link about Larry …it helped refresh my memory!

    Thank you for sharing your day with us, Sue. Sweet dreams…nite-nite! Hugs to you and Bridget from me and Gracie pup. 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, again!

      I’ve looked at the moon every night and, tho a lovely moon, I haven’t “seen” a good photo yet.

      I didn’t know if rabbits have their own individual markings. In other words, if one rabbit has a reddish spot on its neck, maybe all the rabbits in the area have the same spot. Why I thought that, I don’t know . . . .:)

  7. Jolene/Iowa says:

    Hi Sue, I am simply in love with this area.
    Oh those trout, what a tease. I could just see one of those trout rising slowly to the surface to snatch my fly off the surface of the water. Or I would put on a weighted one and let it drop and then watch them race around each other to see who can snatch it up! Ahhh… the dreams.

    You and your camera are doing a great job! The pictures are just breathtaking!

    What a wonderful treat to be able to spend time with an old friend. I am glad you had that time. I am also thankful for the link to Brooks lake and the past blog post. That was one of my favorite places you have been too and it was so great to see those pictures of Spikey. So glad you have this blog and the pictures so Spike will continue to bless our lives. Even if it is just memories, they are still heartwarming.

    I am sure missing the notifications. I understand what happened and I just have to keep checking it. Take care and will talk to you soon.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jolene,

      I took the zoomed photo of the trout for you and all the fishing blogorinos. Glad you liked it.

      Under a recent post someone put a link in their comment to a site where one could have email notifications set up. I looked through a gazillion comments and did not find it.

      READERS: What is the website that Jolene can use to get email notifications of my blog? Thank you.

      • weather says:

        per – info given yesterday by Susan

        • rvsueandcrew says:


            • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

              weather, I signed up for the notifications but it’s not working for me either.

              Any suggestions as to what I could be doing wrong? Thanks!

              Cat Lady

            • weather says:

              Golly,between WordPress,ISP’s and Windows “help” given through updates and add on services recently,restoring basic access to the internet became tedious this morning.Until Sue receives an easy fool proof way to make notifying us of new posts possible,I’m going to return to the page I used last to get here,and see if it’s the same or a new one,myself.Cat Lady,we’re not doing anything wrong,the developers are -I expect a clear path here to be available soon.Hang in there with us 🙂

            • weather says:

              Oops,Cat Lady,forgot to mention that most of us no longer get EMail notifications of posts,lots of blogs,Sue’s included use WordPress -their glitch shut it down.

            • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

              weather, I didn’t make myself clear…I signed up to the “change detection” url but they did not let me know about today’s update to Sue’s blog. I’m trying to find out what you and others selected when you signed up that will notify you/me instantly when Sue’s new blog is published. Thanks!

              Cat Lady

          • weather says:

            Good morning Cat Lady,I didn’t end up using the Changedetection service because I didn’t want Hundreds of Emails daily.Did you realize they notify you of ALL changes to the page?Perhaps you’re fortunate it didn’t “Take”!Thanks for replying,I wondered about you.

        • Jolene/Iowa says:

          Thanks Weather!!

  8. Hi Sue,
    Looks like a rainbow trout.
    Many moons ago I rock climbed in the Sinks. Great area.
    BTW I think I’m camped at your Ivie Creek spot near Maple Grove CG. I looked at a few other forest roads but the best sites had been taken. I’m awaiting mail in Salina.
    Hope you’re doing well,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      I saw some people climbing the rocks yesterday and thought, “What crazy people.” Not you, of course! 😉

      You’ve been in some nice camps lately. I’ve enjoyed the photos. I read your post about a guy parking in your campsite in order to go walk his dogs and how annoyed you were. The same thing happened to me and I had the same reaction. It is annoying how self-centered some folks are!

      I’m looking forward to seeing a pic of the Ivie Creek camp. Hmm…. I wonder what “other forest roads” you’re talking about. I didn’t find many good ones in that area around Salina.

      • I took a walk up to the campground and think I found your site. I’m a little further down the hill, but still along the creek. Once Geordie knew this was camp he jumped through the creek….Goldens!!
        The other roads were closer to Salina. Willow Creek road. 102 on the Benchmark.
        Attempted Gooseberry Rd. but it’s closed for road construction.
        The last camp some guy drive around the circular camp I was in one evening. You’d think the guy would just back out at the sight of my camp.
        I thought rock climbing was crazy too, but it’s a total mind game. It better be!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I started up Gooseberry Rd and came upon the under construction sign. Later, friend Del told me you can go up there far enough to camp. I never did though.

          Yeah, you see some dumb human behaviors while boondocking. It would’ve been fun to blow the tooters at that guy! Enjoy Ivie!

  9. Susan in Dallas says:

    I think you got your monies worth on your new camera! Beautiful pictures, especially that last one. I think Bridget is looking slimmer. How funny that she doesn’t mind this camera. Don’t you wish she could tell you why that is?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Susan,

      I think Bridget hated the other camera either because the shutter made a noise and/or because I’d used the flash in her eyes. Maybe with time she’ll hate this one, too! She’s a moody little girl. Thanks for the compliment on the photos.

  10. Ladybug in Mid-Tenn says:

    The only thing I can say after seeing the fish is….where’s my net?!?!? 😉

  11. Kay says:

    Oh, you know, I love the photos. I am especially fond of Ms. Bridget permitting her photo being taken. She’s such a little doll.

    Well, I took a nap. I was crabby so put myself down. Woke up a wee bit better. You see, I get really bent out of shape when projects gets started, one after another, and soon there are 3 – 4 – 5 going and none finished. It’s like, ummm Kay has to go around and spot check and then making mental notes to later dish out the next days assignments. Grrrrrr

    Suppose to rain for the next two days, guess we shall work inside on that house. Maybe with luck, we’ll get that all ready to move into. Oh boy, then call the semi and order our belongings to be delivered. Oh, wait, can’t do that just yet, because I don’t want all that junk in the house, have to wait for that shop to get done. Grrr

    Think I need a storm shelter, a KAY SHELTER. Yep…. this waterbed in the RV works for me.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kay,

      If anyone needs a Kay Shelter, I’d say it’s your husband! 😉 Now I know another good reason for bad weather, to slow down people like Kay . . . .

      Always enjoy the updates on the RV Park!

  12. Barbara (Nashville) says:

    Great Pictures! I hope I will be able to see some of this beautiful countryside someday soon. This new camera is fantastic. I know it is a Panasonic Lumix, but forgot the model number. Can you refresh my memory?
    I think Bridget might like having her picture taken as she has all of the attention now and she knows it makes you happy.

    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      LUMIX DMC-FZ70, if you don’t mind me answering.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I appreciate you answering for me, John K. I closed up the laptop early last night.

        • Cat Lady (on the road in Bradyville, TN) says:

          Suggestion: why not put the camera in the Shopping Links above? I’m so forgetful I’ll be asking you for info about it in a few months and won’t remember the details.

          Cat Lady

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barbara,

      Bridget does have a wants-to-please personality most of the time. Certain things tick her off though if she’s in one of her moods.

  13. weather says:

    It’s easy to tell that you’re going to have a lot of fun with that camera!What a bonus that it bothers Bridget so much less than the older one.Gotta wonder why.Also wonder what a couple eventually decides about retirement options after spending time with you.

    What a relief to hear that Larry and you planned camping near each other again,until that point I wasn’t sure he expected to be able to.He must be recovering well.Perhaps this time you’ve had camping at your current beautiful home,with just Bridget,was best just as it has been anyway.

    The zoom’s capacity for your capturing wildlife,like that sweet rabbit,has me excited,and glad you’re traveling a bit more through areas that so much lives in.Had you gotten it later in the year when in the desert ,capturing all the upcoming opportunities might have been lost.

    Your hiking will continue for so many years,I hope you always choose meandering days and visits on a whim instead of making it into more than it needs to be.The way your day,and so many of your other ones,drifted by among snippets of sweet things and people,is a great part of what makes your posts so charming and inviting.

    This world’s held us too long in too many regimens-you hold us in dreams and smiling peace-thanks.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, weather,

      The fella’ I talked with — Bob — is intrigued with the idea of living on a boat, a big one. He and his wife are in the early stages of planning and, like many couples, they haven’t yet had “a meeting of minds” on which way to go with their plans.

      I am looking forward to taking more wildlife photos! Seeing the close-ups when we get back to camp adds more enjoyment. As always, you are very perceptive. My days are rarely goal-directed. I often let the day wash over me, rather than dive into it.

      The coffee is fresh and good this morning. Hope yours is/was, too!

      • weather says:

        let the day wash over me… using that precise description speaks volumes about your sentience!That quality is what makes our experiencing life the way that we do possible.Applicable to how the stepping out of-away from-the ordinary and into realms of pleasurable wonder few but children retain the capacity for-it’s very high on the list of your gifts that drew me to you.

        Interesting about Bob,the men I’ve known with that dream wore a well placed mask to cover what they needed to escape from…,not that I think that’s true of him,just that it brought to mind guys I know or have known.

        Today’s coffee is so good that I’ve been slow to drink it,wanting it to last-sigh-it has 🙂

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, Bob is unusually open about his thoughts and dreams. Maybe he was with me because I’m someone he didn’t know and probably will never see again. We had a very enjoyable chat, as if we’d known each other a long time.

          Glad the coffee is good!

          Another key to happiness — seeing and experiencing life as a child. Good reminder. 🙂

  14. Julie B says:

    There is so much happiness in this post, Sue. You do such a great job and are a spectacular writer….and oh a new camera! So much fun! You are taking beautiful pictures. What a treat for all of us who are still doing the 9 to 5. And Bridget is facing the camera for you more often now. What a sweetie… glad I stopped in to read before bed.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Wow, Julie B! Such nice compliments… thank you!

      I’m glad I wrote a happy bedtime story for you.

  15. Great job on the photos Sue! You’re going to really enjoy the new camera, and we blogorinos will enjoy the fruits of your labor. 🙂 And a nice bonus that Bridget tolerates her photo being taken better now too!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Linda. I need Bridget to cooperate in photos. She gives a focal point and a reference for the size of objects in the photos. I wish I could communicate to her what an important job that is. I do praise her after each photo shoot.

  16. AZ Jim says:

    Stole some more of your pics from this issue. The fish are Rainbow Trout. That camera is doing a great job. Don’t leave this one outside unattended. I see Bridget still dragging her leash. Hope she stays where she won’t get caught again. She looked pretty sad in those rocks. Good post Missy….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks, Jim.

      Don’t be fooled by Bridget’s sad face. She’s a master with her expressions. I don’t want to call her manipulative, but . . . well . . .

  17. Deborah says:

    Sue, I’m so glad you are in such a beautiful area with such obvious healing energy. The stillness of the water looks so nurturing yet teaming with life.

    Congrats on your exercise program! I’m sure you know that having an exercise buddy is highly correlated to greater success! You and Bridget will be even more gorgeous in rather short order!

    As so many have said before, great photos! I’d love to know why Bridget is so much better with this camera than the last. Any guesses? First thing that came to my mind was wondering if there might have been some kind of noise attached to it that only a dog might hear. Curious.

    Thanks for allowing us to live vicariously through you and your journeys!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Deborah. You’re right about having an exercise buddy. Seeing Bridget’s progress in the Butt Challenge often motivates me to take her on another walk. Maybe if I could get a better look at my own butt, I’d have even more motivation! Haha!

      Thanks re: the pics. I think it might be the shutter noise on the old camera that she didn’t like. Or maybe she senses my happiness with the new one and she’s kind enough not to spoil it with attitude.

  18. Elizabeth in WA says:

    Hi Sue,
    Enjoyed the photos as usual…very lovely spot! Sounds like you had a good day…happy for you in that! Thanks for sharing…

  19. Cinandjules (ny) says:

    Agie=shuh? Hmmmmm

    What kind fish you ask? That rainbow trout is dinner! Holy smokes!

    The rabbits are cute. I’m surprised ole ms skinny butt doesn’t take off after them! What a photogenic girl she has become…and NOW she poses?

    Nice to have great company!

    Absolutely gorgeous scenery. Love the camera!

    Question: I know how hard Spike’s passing was….does it bother you if we write/talk about him?

    It was a year ago today I left for CA….with the intentions of celebrating my mom’s birthday….which as you know wasn’t a celebration at all. Since I got back..we haven’t ventured out with the exception of going to town for groceries and the Post Office every ten days or so. I don’t want to run into people who will ask about my mom. It makes me really really sad…… 🙁

    I don’t EVER want to make you sad.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Cinandjules,

      Yeah, it’s taken me a while to remember to say Puh-PO-Shuh after seeing the spelling. It’s Native American… Crow, I think.

      I’m saddened by the depth of your pain at the passing of your mother. Do whatever (or don’t do whatever) helps you. I can understand not wanting to run into people with questions and chatter. . .

      No, it doesn’t bother me when people write about Spike or comment on an old photo of him. Larry and I talked about the camp where I buried Spike. Larry has camped in that very site himself, and he thinks I picked a good place.

      What bothers me are the unexpected moments when I recognize something that Spike loved or would have loved or when I call Bridget by his name by mistake. (I don’t know why I do that. I never did when Spike was alive.)

      I’m touched my your sensitivity toward my feelings. No need to be concerned. More and more, as time passes, I’m developing an awareness of how right it was for him to leave when he did.

      • Cinandjules (NY) says:

        Just like Spike I believe my mom passed at the right time…under her terms. She never got the pain associated with “pan can” or she never let it show.

        I am truly greatful for that!

        I’m sure my mom has her hands full at the Rainbow Bridge! So many fur kids including SA and now Spike.

        Last month on the night before my sister’s kitty died she had a dream. My mom was wearing the dress that she wore to sis’s wedding and she was petting Buddy. The next morning Buddy had passed.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          What a poignant dream.

        • Patricia from Florida says:

          My Mom also passed, years ago now, at the early age of 59.
          I would “see” my Mom in the expressions of other people, the way they held their hands, the way they walked…
          Her passing was hard on me but I can honestly say that time does heal. In time the good memories out shadow the times during her sickness.
          Be easy on yourself. If you need to be away from people for awhile, need to cry, need to be angry, then do it. Then pick up the reigns of life and move on. The love of your mother will always be with you.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:

      So sorry for your loss, Cinandjules. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    • R. (Western Colorado/camping Black Hills National Forest) says:

      Cinandjules, how about a little trip to the Lake Placid area? I’ll be there at the end of September too and my plan is, beside hiking, to pick Cortland apples. Maybe we can get together and talk about RVSue’s blog?

  20. Tawanda (Ut) says:

    Great pictures, the zoom has awesome stability but as always your great eye makes all the difference!!
    Ah, Ms Bridget has a neck 🙂 as well as a shrinking bum, and she is becoming quite photogenic…
    Beautiful area there, wtg on treating yourself to a vacation!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Tawanda,

      Thanks re: the photos. I’m pleased with the “image stabilization” my camera provides. It does compensate for my lack of stability!

      Well, today — Thursday — is the day forecasted for rain and possibly some snow. Oh my! It IS SNOWING! After I typed that line, I pulled back the curtain… It looks like a very wet snow. Gee, if it sticks I might get some good photos of it later . . .

      The weather widget says Lander’s temp is presently 35 degrees. This morning will be a true test of how committed the Bridge and I are toward the Butt Challenge!

      • Tawanda (Ut) says:

        Bet it is beautiful with the snow falling, enjoy, tomorrow it could be 80* as it is that time of year now 😉
        ((Hugs)) to you and Bridge..

  21. katydid in Chicago says:

    What fabulous photos! Your photography was always great but your new camera takes it to a higher level with details in these shots. You are gifted writer and the photos just add to the flow of the narrative.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, katydid,

      Thanks for the great compliments. I do like to have photos that match the “story” of the post I’m writing. They help me write. I hope you’re keeping warm in Chicago. Kind of chilly here!

  22. Sondra-SC says:

    I was glad to have this little escape from reality for me this morning while Im having my weak coffee,,,lately my Maxwell house has been letting me down…then Im off to the hospital…its a 45 min drive one way and involves interstate travel which I am not a fan of but,,,,, wth. A wonderful day of roaming with the camera the shots are awesome you are bonding very well with the new camera…its going to be so much fun to see what you bring home in your SD card everyday—- kinda like out back pockets when we were kids!
    The trout shot is amazingly clear through the water and all…love the bunny and Bridget too!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Sondra,

      Interstate driving… Ugh! Having to go to a hospital is bad enough, and then there’s the driving to get there. You are good to stand by your ex-husband, even if you do feel helpless. Be strong!

      Back to trivia talk….

      I like the back-pocket image you made. Looking at the memory card is like going through the treasures.

  23. Shirlene says:

    Good Morning Sue, I live with a professional wildlife photog and I would like to say that your quality of photos are better than ever. You have always had a good eye and now we see more clearly what your eye sees. The zoom is working great and even a 40 feet distance your resolution comes out really clear. Good job, I am enjoying those pictures even more. I was supposed to be trout fishing this weekend but plans cancelled and I have quite mixed feelings about seeing that trout in the very clear water..I do not think I could fish in such wonderful surrounding, nature is just too beautiful there. Alas, I will spend the day tomorrow with my dogs and enjoy the time with them and know that I will live to fish another day. You are in a very wonderful spot right now in all ways. The exercise you and Bridget are getting is uplifting both your spirits and your “butts”…I do not know about you, but Bridget is looking quite proud about her new figure. Have a good day….more trout pictures please if you get a chance.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      Your words of praise for my photos are very encouraging as I imagine you’ve seen a lot of excellent wildlife photos. Thank you.

      I’m sorry your fishing plans were cancelled. I did put the trout photo in for a tease for the fisherpeople who read my blog. Bob told me that sometimes the lunker trout escape and end up on the other side of the bridge where fishing is allowed. That’s where the 20 lb. trout stories come from. (tease-tease)

      Yes, exercise is uplifting! We haven’t taken a morning walk yet… wet, cold snow on the pavement for Bridget’s paws and here she is beside me under the warm covers. I haven’t the heart to drag her out into the cold!

  24. Teri in SoCal says:

    Wonderful photos! It sounds as though you are having a very good time, and I think that makes us all pretty happy. And Bridget looks fantastic, such a pretty girl.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      On behalf of Bridget, thanks for the compliment! And also, from me, for the photos.

      It was a good day. I really enjoyed seeing Larry again, although I hate that he has pain from surgery.

  25. Timber n' me says:

    Wow Sue, your photo’s are great, that camera is fantastic and that close up of the fish, it looks like ether a golden brown or a rainbow trout. Timber says hi to Bridget n’ you ,,,,, me

    • WTXCal says:

      Hi Rusty,
      It’s good to see you online. I was wondering how you and Timber are doing. I hope everything is working out for you all on your place. Good Luck and take care.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Rusty,

      I’ve been thinking of you, too, especially when hearing about the rainstorms. Good to see you here. Hi to Timber from the Bridge!


    Glad to see that you are still in the picture taking mood. They are extraordinarily good!! I had to find just the right word to complement you on GREAT photos !!!
    Thanks for bringing us along on the hike !!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Colleen, and thanks re: the pics. It was a gray morning when I took those shots and I can see how the camera tried to add some sunshine!

  27. Monica says:

    Nice close ups! The trout looks yummy and the bunnies are too cute. Your new camera works well. All my photos are taken with my phone since I don’t feel like carrying a camera. Bridget is a good sport posing for the photo on the bridge. My dog would freak out on that bridge; she hates bridges.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Monica,

      Bridget doesn’t like bridges either. There are several around here and I’ve had to carry her across. I think she didn’t realize this one was a bridge because of the width and concrete.

      I wondered if I’d be bothered by carrying a larger and heavier camera. I’m happy to discover I’m okay with it, using the shoulder strap. I still have pics in my phone of Spike soaking that I haven’t posted. Someday I’ll transfer them.

  28. MK in NE GA for now says:

    OHHH yummy fresh Rainbow Trout I can taste it now! Beautiful place and pics look great.

  29. Denise - Richmond VA says:

    Hello Sue and fellow Blogerinos,

    Hope everyone is having a great day!

    In rememberance of 09/11, the radio staion I listen to in the morning, Elvis Duran, said something along these lines…I don’t have it exact, but you will get the gist. “Four words come to mind when remembering 09/11…Love, Protect, Courage and Dream. Thank you to the military, first responders, police, fire personnel and EMTs who have the courage to protect us. While buildings were falling and lives were being lost, they were running to help – because they love us and our country. Dream….Live your dreams in honor of those who lost their lives – do not be afraid. They had dreams, too, and did not get to live them. Call someone today to tell them that you love them. One simple line comes to mind – I LOVE YOU.”

    Please consider this a Party Line call – Love to all!!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Denise, for reminding us of the significance of this day, and for the loving party-line call.

  30. JodeeinSoCal says:

    Woohoo – I’m 29! Well, 29th commenter anyway :-). All those trout are amazing – and the underwater photo is very impressive! It looks like you and the new camera are going to give us quite a show. Glad your visits were delightful – both planned and un-planned 🙂

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jodee,

      It really is amazing that one can point an object at a creature several feet away and under water and end up with an image like that.

      Yes, visits with two good men in one day… I’d say it was a delightful day!

  31. Shirlene says:

    Hi Sue, from the looks on the web cam, it looks like you and Bridget might be inside for a while, raining all over, and I guess snow for you. How do you stay warm in that little cozy egg of yours. 36 degrees is quite cold and not a lot of room to run around to keep warm…maybe baking some cookies? Anyway could you tell us how you manage your day if you are shut in by weather? Hoping for blue skies.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Shirlene,

      Well, the snow has stopped for now. It is quite cold out and chilly inside because I didn’t turn on the heater until a few minutes ago. I must tolerate cold well because it didn’t bother me until then and it’s in the 30s outside!

      How do I cope? Last night I threw another blanket on the bed, but we didn’t need it. The comforter would’ve been enough, especially with Bridget making a warm pocket of air for us. This morning I had hot coffee and hot oatmeal. I dress warmly and soon the propane heater will have the BLT cozy again.

      Since I spend most of my time outdoors, there’s usually plenty to do inside on a bad weather day. I can read, re-organize, work on this blog, cook, clean, play with Bridget, snooze, and bundle up to go outside for short walks.

      No baking cookies… no oven. I don’t mind an occasional indoors day. It’s supposed to reach 80 again in a week or so. Not bad, eh?

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        You should think about getting a volcano grill with the hood. Not only can you make cookies but you can pretty much bake anything. I got mine from Amazon of course.

  32. Shirlene says:

    Love the party line by the way.

  33. Alan Rabe says:

    Well as usual your images are great but there is a small issue with focus. Nothing in the images of the bunnies are actually in focus. Don’t get mad art me or alarmed it has nothing to do with you, but my pedantic nature forces me to try and teach. All hand held cameras (HHC) have the same issues when shot in full auto mode, that’s focus and exposure. HHC’s when in auto mode use the fastest shutter speed and widest aperture to take the picture. This makes for very short Depth of field, or depth of focus. In you images the bunnies are almost in exact focus but not quite, while the rocks in front and in back go gradually out of focus. This is desired but the bunny needs to be in focus. It’s being slightly out of focus is due to the auto focus of the lens and how it does it’s job. When you have a subject that stands out by itself the lens has no problem focusing on that object. But in the bunny case all the rocks and such are so close to the same plane that it has nothing that it can use to focus on, so it averages it out and makes a guess. Quite often this guess is off by a little bit and along with the aperture being so wide the actual subject is a little fuzzy.
    So teacher, I have a homework assignment for you. 🙂 Read your manual and try and figure out how to control the depth of field. You should be able to find a phrase like controlling depth of field or focus. Or something like making far and near objects in focus. This isn’t something you need to do all the time for every picture, just need to understand how your camera works and recognize its short comings and then apply it when needed.
    True case in point. When I was taking some of the images I sent you via email I had a photographer join me, uninvited I might say, but he tagged along with me. He was complaining about his brand new auto everything camera and its results. Well he setup next to me for one shot to take the same picture, how rude, but while I manually focused and manually determined my exposure, f22 at 20 seconds, his camera was going nuts. It was just whirring away going back and forwards. Well we were shooting in a canyon that was in effect a tunnel and the lens couldn’t find anything to focus on. He was complaining about the camera when the problem was him. He didn’t know how it worked and what its limitations were so he could override it when it was needed.
    This is one of those little technical bits that photographers need to improve their images. But as I have said before your artists eyes are the main quality you need for good and usually great pictures. So don’t think bad of me, as I said I am pedantic as all get out and I can’t help it. 🙂
    As always Enjoy.

    • Shirlene says:

      Wow Alan, that is a lot of information. Did you get that Sue? Nice to have a teacher along for the ride.

      • Shirlene says:

        Now we know what you do on a rainy day. Read your manual.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Do I HAVE to? (whine-whine)

          • Shirlene says:

            LOL. No.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Oh, it’s snowing again! 🙂

            • Alan Rabe says:

              Now is when you go take pictures.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              When it’s snowing? I don’t have a lens hood! My precious camera! (I did take one from the protection of the doorway.)

            • Alan Rabe says:

              get a large zip lock baggie. One you can fit your camera and hands into. Then position the lens against one side and mark with a felt tip a circle about a quarter inch smaller that your lens. Then put the camera in the bag and push the hole over the front of the lens. You should now be able to put your hands in the bag with your camera and operate all the buttons and gizmos but keep it from getting wet. It is ok if the lens glass gets wet, just take along a micro cloth to dry it off before taking an photo.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Alan, for teaching me more about cameras. I admit my interest starts to fade when going to the technical side of photography. I need better focus in my brain!

      I understand what you mean about the focus problem to be overcome in an instance such as the rabbit among boulders. Although I’m perfectly happy with the level of quality of those pics, it’s good to know they could be better.

      As you can see from the collection of photos in this and other posts, I don’t set out to capture a high quality photo of rocks, for instance, such as you and the rude photographer were doing. I’m walking with a dog leash in one hand, enjoying the walk, my mind hither and yon, when I click a photo here and a photo there, going from a zoomed-in rabbit to a long bridge to landscapes, near and far.

      I suppose with practice I’d be able to change settings fast enough to go from a mountain shot to a bunny shot before he disappeared. I suspect I’d miss a lot of wildlife photos while practicing!

      It must be annoying for an accomplished photographer to know what I could have gotten in a shot. . . . Right now I’m having fun. I need that now. A time may come when I do study that manual, set up a tripod, experiment with focus and light, etc. In the meantime, I’ll bumble along. 🙂 Thanks again for the lesson!

      • Alan Rabe says:

        Not annoyed. I have just spent so many years with my camera club and judging photos that I see this all the time. Now with those people they are trying to get the best picture they can, but incidentally, they don’t like being told they have to get out of auto mode in some instances either.
        I do know how and why you do what you do, but you also on occasion will denigrate your work. And it is that issue that I am trying to help you with. Your work is very good most of the time. But there are situations where the nature of the image at hand conflicts with being in full auto mode and getting the best picture possible. Note: Use of filters is one of those situations.

        • Alan Rabe says:

          What is annoying is seeing pictures of grandma with a tree growing out of her head. You never do that.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I understand what you’re saying. If I took the time to learn the skills you are trying to teach me, I would recognize when I need to use them and they probably would become automatic. I’d see a shot and immediately think… oh, I need to leave auto-focus and do this or that…. It would be great to have that ability. Just have to settle down and do my homework.

          For now I have a lot more camera than I know what to do with. . . .

          • Alan Rabe says:


          • AZ Jim says:

            Sue, I spent many years as a commercial photographer with General Dynamics and in those days, 50’s and 60’s I knew about parallax, depth of field and how to increase or decrease it, circle of confusion, lots of film and lighting tricks. But, that was how I made a living. Now, I use a more or less point and shoot, auto-focus cam and make pics that are perfect for my now “amateur status” and sharing with family and friends. You do a great job with your cam and you need change nothing to continue to bring us delightful pics. No offense to Alan or anyone else, but I love your pics and wouldn’t change a thing.

            • Alan Rabe says:

              No offense taken Jim. But a little education never hurt anyone and on occasion one would like to use that education to create a better image if just for their own self gratification.

            • AZ Jim says:

              To a degree I agree, but in Sue’s case she is just a person trying to give us the adventure she is enjoying. She is not exhibiting her work in a show. Many who worry about the mechanics of the shot ruin the fun of taking it to begin with. 90% of a good photo is due to the eye of the photographer, not the f stop or any other controllable feature of the camera. As a hobby, photography is a fun thing but here is only a way to transmit a feeling about the latest camp. Anyhow, I won’t run it into the ground but suffice to say, I like what she does and how she does it. Nice chatting with you Alan.

            • Geri Moore-Hajek says:

              Alan, sorry, but I agree with AZ Jim on this issue. Sue is having fun with her photography, showing us her every day adventures. That is all we need.

      • Sondra-SC says:

        It has been my experience wildlife photography is an on the fly kind of thing! Its bird, then directly behind you its a bunny, then a deer jumping out of the woods edge…hit or miss its a fast kind of thing…Now to set up and shoot on a tripod –I will do it if I’m in the mood and always do when shooting a waterfall or the moon..mostly tho its in auto settings walking with a backpack sweat all over me and the camera and that is the fun part and it is all about the journey… the photos are a bonus!!
        I feel better today as “John” is eating now…yaaaa! hopefully more progress will follow–when he sees me he thinks I’m his sister, I kinda feel that way by him anyways at this point that feels comfortable.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m glad you feel better today, Sondra, and that you are hopeful for “John.” Thanks for letting us know.

          Your description of walking with a backpack and camera has me looking forward to more walks with Bridget. She’s been under the covers all day! I want to increase our stamina to the point that our walks evolve into hikes. We could do that once and we will do it again.

    • Mick'nTN says:

      I think some of the blur on the rabbit is due to the image stabilization as well as the auto focus. Another variable in the new electronic cameras is the digital signal processing (DSP). DSP can extend the depth of focus beyond what is possible with optics alone. Although you should really look at the full resolution pictures and not the re-sized published on this blog, look at the picture of the “Sinks”. The stones in the foreground and the cliff in the background are both in decent focus. This would be difficult to achieve with optics alone. IMHO

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Bear with me here, Mick. Your first sentence throws me off. I thought the image stabilization feature was a good thing. Is it like auto focus? Too many planes (no, not the flying kind) at similar depths?

        You do bring up another factor. My photos are re-sized for publishing and often they are “zoomed” automatically by Picassa when I crop out what I want in the frame.

        I’m having to fight an urge to become self-conscious about my photographs with all these eyes analyzing them. I’m only kidding, Mick. Your photographic insight is helpful.

        For me it’s all about content, composition, story (borrowing from weather here), beauty, and the particular moment. 🙂

        • Denise - Richmond VA says:

          Hi, Sue,

          Just continue to do what you are doing. Have fun, enjoy the new camera, and know that we are immensely enjoying your photos! No adjustments needed!! 🙂

      • Shirlene says:

        You guys are killing me! Take the darn photo. We love them all.

  34. Shirlene says:

    If you can get out in that snow, we would love some of your slightly out of focus pictures….Thank you Alan, I am learning from your comments also. Thank you for taking the time to post.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The flakes are much bigger now and they are coming down much faster. Maybe by this afternoon it will stop and, before it melts, I can take some photos for the next post. I love the sight of snow-frosted evergreens.

      Yes, Alan is a teacher, through and through. I appreciate his help for this somewhat recalcitrant student. 🙂

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        I think that when you are shooting a picture and are all zoomed in on your topic (the bunny) and you are also holding the camera in your hands there is going to be some fuzziness. It is very hard to hold a camera perfectly still and take a sharp picture. You’d need a tripod and use the timer mode to take your shot.

        But, that isn’t the type of picture shooting that you are doing. You saw a bunny, you zoomed in on it and took the shot. Looked at the bunny some more and moved on. I’ve seen people setup a camera in order to get the perfect shot and wait for hours for the sun to rise over a ridge for instance. They are there long before sunrise and wait and wait and wait. I’m sure the image is very nice but who has time for that? Professional photogs for one, I guess.

        I do appreciate the advise on how to make a run of the mill camera take better pictures though. The camera is just the tool, the person taking the picture is the artist and their abilities are what make an image bad, good or great.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          A well-reasoned reply, John K. What makes photography a wonderful hobby is one can explore it in ways that suit one’s goals. Some people don’t care if their photo has a tree growing out of grandma’s head. Some do care and try to grow trees elsewhere. Haha!

          My goal is to record the moments of my day and to do so with some artistry in order to come up with photos that inform while being a pleasure to look at, mainly for this blog. The phrase –some artistry– is where technical expertise could help me greatly, and that’s where Alan’s teaching comes in.

          Right now I’m relying on content, composition, and auto-features on my camera to produce images for my blog. I expect in time I’ll grow from that level and will want better quality. Your comment reassures me that it’s okay (dare I say desirable?) to photograph at my present level. I appreciate that. And I appreciate the nudgings from Alan, too. 🙂

          • John K - Mobile, AL says:

            I see nothing wrong with the bunny shot, but my eyes aren’t as good these days… You are doing a great job of communicating to your audience through your posts and photos. There’s plenty of time to step things up if you want.

  35. weather says:

    Fascinating to read two experts -each in their own field -discuss photography.Alan -a master in the art of using it in capturing perfect rendition of the physical ,and Sue-a master in the art of using it in capturing perfect rendition of story.As one with a deep appreciation of the beauty of those things,I love sitting at the feet of both of you to learn .

  36. Looks like a beautiful new home, Sue and Bridget!

    I haven’t totally abandon you two. We are in Canada for the month and only have WiFi when we stop Tim Horton’s to catch up on life. So I am reading but have to pick and choose who to respond to since time is short.

  37. Evie says:

    Hi Sue,
    We are hold up in Riverton just up the road from you. We came for one night but might stretch it into 3 because of the weather. Going to take kitten Rose to vet while we are here and do shopping. We are/were headed back to Montana so will wait out the weather and hope for the best. It is so beautiful out here compared to northern Calif. We love it out here. Maybe we will pass you on a road someday
    Evie and mom Joy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Gee, you are close! I’m wondering if it’s snowing in Riverton like it is in this canyon. I hope Kitty Rose is okay.

      Smart of you to wait out the weather. Mountain driving ahead. This spate of winter will pass soon and you can be on your way.

      Hello to Joy! I’m glad you love it here. Happy shopping!

  38. rvsueandcrew says:

    NOTE TO ALAN…. I’ll take a “large ziploc baggie” and then I’ll “mark with a felt tip a circle about a quarter inch smaller” than my nose, cut a hole and stick the baggie over my head and I’m good to go out in the snow!

    (Don’t you hate it when students get silly?)

    • Shirlene says:


    • Alan Rabe says:

      That isn’t so funny. I have actually done this with a 50gal green trash bag and actually put it over my head and stood under it to focus my 4×5 camera in the same manner. What ever works. 🙂 I seems I stirred up a hornets nest about all this, I apologize, it wasn’t my intent. I will refrain from such comments in the future.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Oh, no! This isn’t a hornet’s nest. I see it as good discussion. I like this! Puts some dynamism into the blog comments. It made us think about photography… Please don’t refrain, Alan.

        Kidding about the ziploc baggie when you were being helpful. Sorry about that.

      • AZ jim says:

        4×5 stirs memories Alan. We used them in our studio for some failure analysis was requested by Engineering. We even had 8×10 that we occasionally used. In our field shots we mostly used Hasselblads or Rollies. Of course that was ages before digital. All of our closeup launch pad shots were done with Hulcher Hig Speed cameras which rolled film without sprockets. I now am a old guy who is more concerned with content than technique. I enjoy your posts. I hope my comment didn’t offend you. Jim

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        All that matters is that Sue didn’t mind. And we’ve all learned fun things to do with a plastic bag. 🙂

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        Please don’t stop Alan. Or if you decide to stop here point us to where ever else you are posting good advice. We are never too old to learn. We might be a little stubborn, but never too old…

    • Jenny Waters says:

      If you do put a plastic bag over head (with holes for breathing!) I would very much like to see a picture. 🙂 I will just ignore the snow though, covering my eyes and pretending it isn’t real. It is too early!

      These pictures look great. I like the zoom shots you are shooting with the wildlife, and that picture of Bridget by the flowers is very cute.

    • Denise - Richmond VA says:


  39. AZ Jim says:

    Missy, Just take the damn picture…………………………………………………………………:)

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I will! I will! My gosh, everything is covered in snow! I can barely wait to get out there . . . It’s still coming down lightly. As soon as it stops, Bridget and I are going for a walk/photo-shoot. What fun!

      It doesn’t escape me that what makes this snow “fun” is knowing it will leave soon and temps in the high 70s and low 80s are forecasted for next week.

  40. Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

    Super shots with the new camera!!! Beautiful site to enjoy life from as well. The photos of the trout and the bunnies are really great. Little Miss Bridget is looking good and just so darn adorable posing for you…LOVE it.

    Question: I had solar installed and it is not working. The RVIA certified tech who installed it told me I have to run extension cords to the inverter (which he installed behind the seat I sit in) for EVERYTHING I want to use. Now I know that is not right. HELP…how should it have been done? Not a happy camper. Anyone have an answer? If so. I would appreciate anything you have to tell me. Thank you.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I do have a surge protector plugged into a 410W inverter and the inverter is plugged into one of the BLT’s 12v sockets. The surge protector has several outlets. That’s what I plug my laptop, chargers, radio, etc. into. It’s not elegant, for sure. Sorry, I think the tech may be right. I don’t know anything about “it is not working.”


    • John K - Mobile, AL says:

      Picture this.

      Solar panels are connected to a charge controller.

      The charge controller is then connected to the batteries.

      The inverter is also connected to the batteries.

      Solar—>>>Charge controller—>>>batteries—>>>inverter—>>>hair dryer!

      The solar panels feed voltage to the charge controller which converts the power to the correct levels and recharges the batteries. The batteries provide 12 vdc to the inverter. The inverter takes the 12vdc and changes it to 110vac. So, your tech is right. Anything you want to run will need to be plugged in to the inverter.

      • John K - Mobile, AL says:

        What kind of RV do you have?

        • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

          It is a 2011 Class C Thor Four Winds.
          Another couple here had Starlight do their solar and they do not have to plug anything into the inverter which is in a bench seat.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            No inverter I’d like to know more about that. Starlight in Yuma is where I had solar work done.

          • John K - Mobile, AL says:

            OK. What the installer should have done is to connect the output of the inverter to a device called a transfer switch and from there to the RV power center. The transfer switch would automatically switch between shore power or battery power allowing you to use the regular outlets in your coach without having to resort to extension cords. Doing this will be a bit more costly as you will need the switch and have a certain amount or rewiring done to your existing shore power in order to route that through the transfer switch as well.

            • John K - Mobile, AL says:

              I should have added that not everyone is qualified to do this so you want to make sure the person doing the work is well qualified. A hack could very well burn your RV to the ground! (not kidding!)

            • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

              Your explanation is what I thought it would be. Not so much. Thank you for that explanation…it is exactly what I needed.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Although I’d be careful about plugging in a hair dryer! 🙂

    • Shirlene says:

      Hang in there, someone will help. A good resource is IRV2 Forum. There are many, many smart and good people who can give you good advise and where to get things done. I ask all my questions there. Here is a good place to start though. Good luck.

    • Alan Rabe says:

      Krystina, I hope you aren’t in Box Elder when I get there oct 14th. 🙂 all kidding aside. If your RV already has 110 outlets then you don’t need extension cords. The inverter is supposed to connect to the power panel just like the shore power does. When you aren’t connected to shore power and have the inverter on then it supplies the power to the panel. I’d bet a dollar your tech knows this and doesn’t want to do it. He knows you have to run 2 12 ga. cables from the inverter to the power panel and it is usually a PITA squared. Many RVs and mine is one came with batts and an inverter already hooked up. So all I have to do is bye the solar cell side and I am off the grid, something to check for when you are buying an RV, they are not the same especially in this aspect. I hope this helps you. You should be able to get this done in Box Elder/Rapid City. If not and you are going in the Flagstaff Az. area I know of a place that specializes in this stuff. Best of luck.

      • Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

        Thanks for the information Alan…I will take it to the owner and see what happens. Are you coming to Box Elder to get your license? That is why I am here and have gotten it…yeah. I have had a super time with all the folks here waiting the 30 days for their concealed gun permit. 32 degrees and snow here this morning. Burr. Thanks again for the info.

  41. Pauline from Mississippi says:

    WOW!!! The pictures area fantastic!! I can’t believe how clear and sharp they are at such a distance. You have very steady hand and a great zoom feature . Always enjoy the pictures…and of course hearing about your day. Love ya!!

  42. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    According to the weather radar, it is snowing in the middle of Wyoming over to the Black Hills … Thursday afternoon…

    Are you seeing it? I hope not!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m seeing lots of it, Connie! It looks like three inches have accumulated on top of the PTV and it’s still coming down. Gosh, I’ve never been in a blizzard in September before . . .

      I left the lounger outside last night and now it looks pretty odd, covered with snow… Gotta’ get a photo of that!

      • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

        Yes, it is early, but not unheard of in this part of the country. It won’t get to me this time, but if it did, it wouldn’t be a first. Enjoy… it won’t last long.

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        I just looked at a webcam of Lander and it looks like a clear day! Not up here in the canyon. Poor visibility and continuing to snow.

  43. Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

    I posted before I had time to read… photos on the next post? 😎

    • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

      The funny thing is that I had read the comments while I was waiting for my new tires to go on this morning, so I posted before I went back to read any new stuff. But I just happened to check the weather because I caught the last bit of a story on NPR about snowing in the Black Hills. So I checked the radar and saw how far back into Wyoming it was. I think it is heading East, so it should last too much longer… hopefully. LOL

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        New tires! Yay!

        • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

          6 new tires and my “wallet” is feeling significantly lighter. But the FMCA Michelin Advantage program saved me $375… which will help to pay just over half for the two new AGM batteries that I will be getting next week. Daddy always said that having an RV meant that you always had something to do when that extra money that was burning a hole in your pocket.

          • rvsueandcrew says:

            Love those AGMs! Anything that comes with the label “no maintenance” rates 5 stars from me.

            • Connie & Mugsy (MN/AZ) says:

              Exactly!! Even though I could replace with regular batteries like I have for less than half the cost. blah…

  44. Shirlene says:

    Hey Sue, it has been fun playing the Interactive Sue game today. I know that this will not be an everyday occurrence, but the snow kinda of kept you housebound and within our keyboards. So much fun for us. I will be AFK for the next three days…can’t wait to see the snow pictures, I know they are going to be FABULOUS…You and Bridget keep warm and cozy tonight, the “Sun will come out tomorrow”…

  45. Diann in MT says:

    Oh, Sue! What gorgeous pictures! You are on such a permanent vacation. I envy every step you make! LOL
    That new camera is way more accurate than the previous one.
    That’s a big fat ‘bo (short for rainbow trout). My question is, why are people feeding them fish food and not dangling their fishing poles over that hole? Is it protected, or something? HAHA I haven’t seen such a fat trout since my last visit to Cabella’s in Billings! They’ve got a big fish tank in the middle of the store.
    Bridget looks really, really good. Is she coming out of some sorta shell since Spikey’s leaving? She looks, hum, I don’t know…calmer, more self-assured. I don’t know what I am seeing. Looks good on her.
    Keep on having fun, dear Sue and Bridge!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Diann,

      Right now I feel like I’m vacationing at the North Pole! I read a report a few minutes ago, predicting a low in the 20s tonight! You know what that’s like…

      Bridget was submissive to Spike. Most of the time anyway. Maybe you’re seeing a response to all the attention I’m giving her, now that she’s an only-child.

      Thanks re: the photos. No, you can’t fish at the trout pool! That’s why the trout are fat and happy.

      • Diann in MT says:

        Keep warm and enjoy the novel and blog! Lots of hot coffee, cocoa, good food! Enjoy!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I just went outside and scraped the snow off the solar panel. Geez… Nothing like snow in the face on a frigid day.

          • Diann in MT says:

            Brave girl. I guess we belong to the Frozen Fingers Club!
            Oh! Get back inside and stay warm, Sue!

  46. weather says:

    For a while today it snowed here at Sue’s home as she and several others gathered about oohing and aahing over scenery,pointing out different or clearer ways to see it.Like a family spending Christmas eve at a lodge,appreciating the quiet conversation and each other,discussing and displaying artistry, knowledge,skill , caring …getting silly because it really was fun!

    Once a humorless reader said she wouldn’t be coaxed into reading comments,simply reads the posts and goes on with her day.Generously, I’ll say “Well,thankfully at least she once took the time to tribute Sue for an exemplary blog.”

    The stark difference between those two experiences -here a delightful warm community enjoying being set apart from a harsh thankless world

    out there-endless striving to stay in the mainstream with scant moments to spare for such things

    thank you ,Sue-for the lifelong sacrifices,overcoming hardship,enduring heartaches,use of skill,time and love it’s taken you to give this to us.May the rewards for all of that,and for being what you are- be felt and seen endlessly increasing

    freedom fighters don’t all wear uniforms,two of my favorites are most often pictured in sandals 😉 9/11/14

  47. Laurie from Southern Oregon in Wyoming says:

    Hi Sue,
    They are saying we may be able to see the Aurora Borealis thurs and friday nights in Wyoming due to a solar storm. You may be just below the line of seeing it. I will have to drive outside Cody city limits but it would be worth it. Snowed here last night but it’s clear now and most snow has melted. Just following along and enjoying your blog.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Laurie,

      Thanks for the heads up on the Aurora Borealis. The sky here is like a white shroud of mist. The hill on the other side of the river is totally obscured, snow continues to fall, very wet snow which will freeze tonight when it drops into the 20s. I won’t be out looking for the Aurora Borealis. I hope you see it!

    • Sondra-SC says:

      OH boy Sue you gotta get the Aurora Borealis no clue how to shoot that…ALAN—how the heck can we shoot the A.B. on a snowy night in Wyo?

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        No, I’m not going out in the cold to take photos of the Aurora Borealis. I’ll stay near my little heater and look it up on the net. Haha!

  48. Glenda in OZ! says:

    Loving your new camera…………….great photos from such a distance. I recently went on a house boat trip on our mighty Murray River with my camera club. My Lumix captured many types of birds high in the trees with such wonderful sharpness and definition. Wish I could share them with you…………I love bird photography. That trip I was able to take photos of pelicans, all types of cockatoos, kites and falcons……….even a shot of a blue fairy wren….love your photos always!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That does sound like a fun-filled trip! I’d love to do something like that, Glenda.

      It is fun photographing birds with a zoom, birds that you can’t see well with your eyes. Then opening the photos is such a treat.

  49. AZ Jim says:

    Sue, Detta wanted me to tell you….you better head down this way now. Winter may come early up there.

  50. Krystina in Box Elder SD says:

    I forgot to mention that there are two Casitas here in Americas Mailbox campground!! One of them is Micky who follows your blog and once in awhile responds and the other was a guy who wasn’t staying here but came in to sign up for the mailing service. Wonderful folks.

  51. Edie (OK) says:

    Stay warm Sue. Enjoyed the conversation, although probably after the fact. I was at work most of the day and missed all of the fun. 🙁

    Maybe I can be first and last on this post. Lol

  52. R. (Western Colorado/camping Black Hills National Forest) says:

    Sue, I enjoy every picture. Bridget looks happy.
    This morning I woke up to about 8 inches of snow. There is so much beauty seeing trees covered in a fresh pure snow. Camping at Black Hills NF (Orville campground). On the way east to the Adirondacks to pick Cortland apples, camp and hike.

  53. “…blow the to others”. That just cracked me up, Sue! Jim & I were talking about water flowing underground. He said there are “seeps” in eastern Washington where the water does that. Good you could visit with Larry & help John dream of the RV life.

  54. Cari in Plano Texas says:

    Darn, missed the real time party “Chat Online Now with RVSue” – but it was fun reading everything.

    Your pictures with the new camera are awesome, which is not to denigrate your previous photos by any means. I love the bunny photos – how nice of it to stop and pose for you! And I appreciate Alan’s comments and education on how to improve the photos.

    Today is rainy and much cooler, which is good because we need both the water and the cooler temps. Snow???? Yikes! I’m glad you have your BLT to hunker down in!

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