A fickle boy and “the bum’s rush”

Thanksgiving with Chuck and Geri was fun, of course.

I am not shy about eating.  If someone puts good food in front of me, I’m not going to pick around and pretend to be dainty.  I’m going to EAT!  It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a real Thanksgiving with turkey and all the trimmings.  I’m thankful I could spend it with these good friends.

“I can’t help it. I love turkey!”

Geri treats their three dogs and my two by setting out individual plates of turkey with some gravy.

Oh, how the crew enjoys that!

Later I catch Spike lying on the couch, snuggled up to Geri, with his chin resting on her arm.  He ignores me.

What the heck? 

I devote every single day, year in and year out, to making sure his every wish is fulfilled.

Gee, Spike, that’s the thanks I get?

Last night’s rain and the cold wind means no long walk for Bridget and Spike.  “The Canine Law of Walks” kicks in:  As the length of walks shorten, the number of walks must increase.  We’re in-and-out the door all day.

Uh-oh.  My, how time flies.

“Hmmm, I think I’ll build a pigpen out back of the Casita.”

George, the camp host here at Elephant Butte State Park, knocks on my door this morning.  He’s a nice guy, but he has a job to do.

He informs me we have run past the 21-day limit allowed at New Mexico State Parks.

George says kindly, “You can stay through the weekend.”

The 21-day limit may seem silly in a campground that’s mostly empty.

However, I understand the fear that campers will start raising chickens or hoist a transmission up a tree, or something.

Sunday we’ll break camp.

We won’t go far, probably to Caballo Lake or Percha Dam State Parks, as both are less than 20 miles from here.  That way I can drive the PTV back to Elephant Butte for Chip to install the solar panel whenever he gives the word.



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21 Responses to A fickle boy and “the bum’s rush”

  1. Geri says:

    We had fun cooking for you and the crew! Come on back for leftovers! 🙂 Hope you don’t have to stay away too long!

  2. Billy Bob says:

    Rules, rules, rules…everywhere we go, rules. I never could figger out why they limit your stay when you’re the only one in camp. But I rekon with out rules, there would be some little old lady tak’n advantage of the situation an’ build’n a pig pen out back right next to the chicken coop.
    Stay warm and get solared up.

  3. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Geri!

    Well, you know the rule . . . We have to stay away for a week. There’s something about this place that keeps calling us back . ..

  4. Bob Giddings says:

    If you want to read a short personal anecdote and polemic about what happens when people are allowed to stay too long, read here:


    Besides, you don’t want any of your dreams to get flat spots on them. :o)


  5. rvsueandcrew says:

    Hi, Bob!

    I’ve been itching to get moving anyway! Enjoyed your writing . . .

  6. JoJo says:

    21 days is not bad, here its only 7 I never could figure that out either. They are just losing more money that way. But like we all say there must be rules.
    Sounds like you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Sue, you had laugh out loud comments in here – I so enjoy your blog! And I sure appreciate reading about awesome dog owners – you and Geri are my kind of folks. 😀

  8. Cathie L says:

    Can’t believe you have been there that long. Have a good moving day.

  9. Grace says:

    Hi Sue, I’ve been reading your blog since we were at Persha Dam and Elephant Butte the end of September (found you via the Bayfield Bunch). We boondocked at the Three Sisters Point at Elephant Butte and it was so desolate and wonderful. I really enjoyed Persha Dam, too. We stayed down by the dam with no hook-ups. If you go there, be sure to go through the woods and get to the other side of the dam. There’s a great place for you and the dogs to run and play in a stream. We only drove through Caballo Lake but it looks like you had a nice spot there, too. I’m excited for you to get your solar hooked up. We love ours and can’t wait until we can retire and RV full-time. Enjoy the beautiful weather coming your way this week. 🙂 Grace & Steve (in Tucson)

  10. Hi Sue,
    Moving occasionally helps to keep things fresh. I enjoyed reading Bob’s item on bad news campers. If the three week rule didn’t exist you can be sure there would be some parks plugged with folks ‘living’ there. It can be frustrating to pull into a campground after a long day on the road only to find the place full of ‘seasonal’ campers. twenty-one days; think of all the gas you saved.
    I enjoyed your comment about Spike. Taking him for a walk is one thing; turkey and gravy is true love (smile).

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Barrie!

      I think it’s a good rule. If you want to live in an RV in one spot forever, get a park model and go to a trailer park, right? I never would have stayed this long if it weren’t for all the free labor (and friendship) I’ve been getting!

      I think I detected a bit of scorn on Spike’s face when I pulled out the dry kibble on Black Friday . . .

  11. kayjulia says:

    Glad you and the crew had a nice holiday with friends and yes our pets can forsake us now and then to kiss-up somebody new, but they come to their senses later and snuggle up to their true love, hehehe 😀

  12. Jay says:

    Later I catch Spike lying on the couch, snuggled up to Geri, with his chin resting on her arm. He ignores me.

    RV Sue,
    I had a good laugh at that, but Spike was just showing his appreciation to Geri for the turkey dinner.
    I came to your blog by the way of the Casita site and have been checking in on you before you got your Casita and have enjoyed it so much that I check in on you two to three times a day.
    Looking forward to seeing more pictures of your adventures with you and the pups.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Jay,

      I hope you continue to enjoy our adventures. Thank you for writing such an encouraging comment.

      About Spike . . . I question his loyalty. Kathy (at the neighboring campsite) gave him a treat about a week ago. Now whenever Spike gets away from me, he heads right over to Kathy’s door.

  13. Rubbertramp says:

    Sue, free range chicken ranches are so cool unless the coyotes show up for a look see…… Hmmmm, second thought better stick with the motors etc stored in the tree.

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