You really got a hold on me . . .

Bridget, Spike and I take a long walk this morning. 

It looks like we are set for a sunny day all day long.

The crew and I drive into Ajo to dump our trash and fill our five one-gallon water jugs.  There’s a trash bin conveniently located next to the 25-cents-a-gallon water dispenser.  This is so easy. 

Next I drive us over to the True Value hardware store and ask the lady behind the counter if they have any water containers.

“Nope.  We’re all out.  I’ve got some coming in tomorrow. Five gallon for $16.99 and they’ve got spouts on ‘em.”  The price makes me wince, but I smile at her and I head for the door.

Back at the campsite, I fix a new batch of hummingbird nectar.

The sugar water has been going fast  due to a pair of flickers who like to hang on to the feeder causing it to tip sideways so they can insert their long beaks in the little plastic yellow flowers.   These birds are about twelve times larger than a hummingbird, at least, so they can suck up a lot of nectar in a day.   The hummingbirds still visit.  They aren’t about to be intimidated by a pair of greedy flickers.

The crew and I visit with Rick at his campsite.

Rick’s Scamp

I tell Rick I’m thinking of moving on to Yuma, but I can’t seem to get myself going.  “ It’s so nice here.”

 He laughs.  “It’s the desert.  The desert  affects you that way, so you can’t make a decision.  People come up here, the first few days they’re doing their little routine.  Then the desert gets to them and they slow down. “

He pauses and then chuckles.  “I start to do something and, first thing ya’ know, I’m saying, oh well, I’ll do that tomorrow.  It took me three weeks to get my brakes looked at.”

“You’re right!  I’ve been meaning to go get water for three days.  It wasn’t ‘til this morning that I actually made it to town with the jugs.”

We have a nice visit sitting on his camp stools next to his fire ring.  During this time Spike marks territory around the campsite and Bridget chews through her leash, ruining it.   Rick’s dog, Lady, picks up a piece of wood, carries it around, and then decides to chew on it for a bit.  Rick’s had Lady since a pup.  Now she’s about seven years old.

Later, Rick and Lady stop briefly at our campsite on their usual, late afternoon walk.

Bridget and Spike are in their pen.  Spike is especially happy to see Lady again.  After they leave, I take the crew inside where they crash on the bed for a nap while I read my book and check emails.

Rick says we’ve got several sunny days coming up, right through Christmas.  The Tuesday after Christmas it’s supposed to get up around 68-70 degrees.

That’ll be nice.

Yep, the desert has a hold on me.



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38 Responses to You really got a hold on me . . .

  1. Oh my goodness,… you are just KILLING me with all those wonderful photos and lovely words…


  2. mickent says:

    The desert does look peaceful, glad your enjoying it.


  3. mickent says:

    Hurrah, I got status!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      For those of you who may wonder if Mick has gone over the edge, he’s talking about his name finally showing up in blue letters with an underline. Wow! Mick! That’s great! I’m so happy for you!

  4. Sherry says:

    Relaxes me just to read this. Can you really leave?


  5. Jean says:

    Hi Sue I don’t know if you have dumped yet but Belly Acres let us dump, I think It was $10.00. We stayed on Darby Wells in Nov. this year and last year in Jan. We love it there.

  6. Geri says:

    You seem so at peace with yourself at Darby Wells. This nomadic life is really agreeing with you!
    We are happy for you!

  7. Sassy Rider says:

    We just had a similar chat tonight while sitting around the camp fire tonight. Not a lot gets done yet the days fly by. Jamie had several things that needed attention yet the only thing he accomplished was putting on the gutter extensions. “Oh Well, There’s always tomorrow” seems to be a favourite saying. LOL

  8. Rubbertramp says:

    Sue, I bought a new 35 gallon weed spray tank and keep it in the back of my truck. Use a small one gallon per minute water pump to get the water into my Rv. Or sometimes just drain the water into jugs and call It good. Weight is the only issue for a vehicle but my truck has overload springs. No problem eh! Keep on truckin’ gurl…

  9. Shar Pei Mom says:

    Hubby just said “Ace ain’t the place” to buy 5 gallon water jugs…wait till you get some where a Wal-Mart is close by…6 to 8 dollars there. Love the photos…nothing like peace and serenity!

  10. Cathie Laurent says:

    Why ruin a good thing? Stay put as long as you like!

  11. Bob says:

    Hey, Sue and crew …

    I just got caught up again. As always I really enjoyed all your blogs and your pictures. I got a real laugh out of Bridget’s “Carry me, Mom” con job. :>)

    I am going to visit (by rail) my 85 year old sister in Virginia around Christmas time, so I guess I wil have catching up to do again. If I don’t chime in again, for a while,

    to you, Spike, and Bridget.

    Best regards,

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thank you, Bob . . . . Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too and to your family. I always wanted to travel by rail but it never happened. Have a good trip and don’t forget to come back to rvsue and her canine crew . . .

  12. Geri says:

    Enjoy your sunshine…. tomorrow night we are 90% chance of snow showers! Woke up to dense fog this morning…. looked cool with all the mountaintops peeking up through the fog!

  13. Sue, so glad that you and your crew are enjoying the desert and warm weather. Margy and I are both recovering from our brief illness and have plans to leave here on Dec.27th. We want to meet a friend at a dog show near Palm Springs on January 7th, and then we are on our way to Yuma, Ajo, or who knows where! We would love to experience some of that desert and warm weather too! The Bichon Brothers said some awful things to a neighbor’s hound that was taunting them from the other side of our fence today, so we need to get them out of town fast… It would be great if we ran into you somewhere down the road. Or maybe we’ll run into Rick or some of the others who faithfully follow your blog. Thank you for your generous sharing!

  14. JoJo says:

    Yes it was a beautiful day. Sun and very few clouds, temps were great too.

  15. There are lots of train rides available near you in AZ, NV, and CA. Take one, they are a blast. We are hanging out in Mesquite, NV about 40 miles SW of St George, UT. You are so right. The desert has a grip on ya. Did not do much today. Probably not tomorrow. There is always the weekend.

  16. Page says:

    I want to have nothing to do….Sounds absolutely idyllic, Sue.

  17. Pat Gabriel says:

    Thanks for sharing. I’d like to experience the desert that way.
    We put our house up for short sale and the first person who looked at it made an offer. So, I may be hitting the road with my 14 ft trailer as early as April first. The apartment I put in for won’t be ready until May or June, so I’m ready…
    Merry Christmas!

  18. longdog2 says:

    Doesn’t it make a huge difference when the sun is shining? We are so used to sun here in south central Texas that the last two weeks of cloudy, drizzly weather have been really depressing. Last night it rained pretty good all night and I woke up this morning to bright sunshine with so much steam coming off the neighbors fence that I thought it was on fire. Looks like a great day!

  19. rawclyde009 says:

    I’d take my time going to Yuma if I were you…

    Where you are at right now, if you’re still there, inspired the book, “A Love Song To The American Lizard,” by yours truly ~ but all Yuma is inspiring this time around is “A Ghost Town Called Love.”

  20. MargieAnne says:

    Sounds a lot like our life is some of the time only we live in a seaside village, normal pop 350, which is soon to explode to possibly 6000 in next few days. Then it won’t be so quiet.

    And as for not doing things until one needs to …. My Christmas gifts need to be sorted, labelled prettied up in the next 7 hours or else!!!!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Blessings from Anne and John in New Zealand.

  21. Kat says:

    Thinking of you today and daily. Have a good one. K

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