Registrations due and a badger, too!

Friday, August 10

Our first few days here at Clark Canyon Reservoir have gone by quickly.  I’ve puttered around the campsite and taken the crew on explorations along the lake.

Clark Canyon Reservoir on a sunnier day

Today the weather is dreary, a good day to go to the Dillon post office.  I need to purchase and mail a money order for $116 to the Pennington County Treasurer in care of America’s Mailbox in Box Elder, South Dakota.  This is payment for the renewal of registrations on the PTV and the BLT that are set to expire at the end of the month.  It’s been a year already!

The postal lady says I can receive mail there via general delivery.

Now I’m committed to this area until my new registrations and tag stickers arrive.  The crew and I can stay at the Clark Canyon Campground until August 21st.  I hope the registrations arrive by then.

Our home comes into view . . .

Back at our campsite the crew and I are surprised by an unexpected visitor.

Hey, Buddy! You’re a brazen little fellow!

A badger! 

We saw him last night and now, here he is, passing right by our shelter, rooting around in the dirt.  My first thought is . . . yikes, rabies!

I toss Bridget and Spike into the BLT even though they are up-to-date on their shots.  I follow the badger until I get a photo of him. He apparently isn’t rabid, just very bold.

He goes on my summer’s list of “Wildlife I See for the First Time,” along with fresh water pelicans, mule deer, otters, bald eagle, moose, and grizzly bears.  Oh my!

The dark, overcast morning turns into a rainy afternoon.

I lie on my bed reading until the sound of raindrops on the roof puts me to sleep.  Bridget and Spike nap peacefully on the bed with me.  When I awake, I look out the window and see that, despite the rain, campers continue to pour into the campground, towing boats for weekend fun.

Hazel, the camp host, stops by.

Pals forever

I mention the haze (to Hazel!) that blankets the mountains to the south.  She says it isn’t haze; it’s smoke from a fire in Idaho.  I watch the boaters and water skiers come in to the boat dock.

The sun slides behind the hills on the opposite side of the lake, spreading silver sparkles across the water.

“Well, guys, time for your nightly walk around the campground.”


Canine Corner: “Why I’m a Good Girl” by Bridget

“I can tell when Spike is getting on rvsue’s nerves.  She says, “What’s the big deal with you anyway, Spike?” or something like that.  I wish Spike would be good so rvsue doesn’t get all mad and stuff.  I try to be good every day.  That’s why I get to sleep in rvsue’s arms, all cozy and comfy, getting kisses on my head.  Spike sleeps by her feet. I tell him time and again that crime doesn’t pay, and you know what he says?  “Oh, shut up, Bridget.”

I think that’s just plain rude.”


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48 Responses to Registrations due and a badger, too!

  1. Glenda Cornwill says:

    Love the doggy posts!! Laughed out loud!!! Dear darling dogs………… lucky they are to have a Mum like you Sue…………..I wish my two Coco and Chanel could read…..Ha!!!!!

  2. Gayle Cooper says:

    Ah, a blog by a dog! THIS must be the new blog feature we are waiting for. FYI, for reasons unknown to me, the hottest T-shirts these days say “Honey Badger Don’t Care.” Maybe you know why …

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Not a clue. . . some youth culture reference, I guess

    • Sue, how LUCKY you were to see a badger!!! I’d love to see one in the wild some day. I also want to see a porcupine someday (from afar). Have you seen a porcupine yet? Okay, and for “honey badger don’t care” – that is a viral hit on youtube telling all about honeybadgers. (49 million + views). Really interesting – funny – and woops there are some bad words, but still, it isn’t toooo bad, definitely worth watching. Either do a search for that phrase on youtube, or if this link will post it is at :

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Yes, I’ve seen porcupines at various times in my life, most recently when camped in the Kaibab Forest of northern AZ. Spike chased a porcupine and I chased Spike.

  3. harrietann12 says:

    Such a sweet little face on Bridget, she is a good little girl. I love the picture of your camp from from that high vantage point. The lake looks so inviting. Wish I was there.

  4. Steve says:

    That is an awesome view of your campsite. I don’t think you will have much problem staying in a place like that for another 10 days….fantastic.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m thinking the same thing. If my registrations don’t get here within 10 days, I think there’s a campground way at the south end of the reservoir that isn’t checked often. Maybe I can squeeze a few more days there.

  5. cinandjules says:

    Bridgett looks so innocent…her eyes are so precious.

    As for DMV tags they usually take about a week.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’ll be lucky if I get the tags within 10 days.

      Bridget uses her eyes to her own advantage.

      • cinandjules says:

        Don’t they all!
        Funny how no matter what size mattress you are on…the “kids” always have to touch! Are you still sleeping on one side of the table? Sometimes I wake up and can’t figure why I feel like a human question mark..then I realize the “kids” are at the foot of the bed…or rather I’m at the head of theirs!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Yes, I’m still sleeping on the skinny “twin” bed along one side. Somehow the crew and I have staked out our territory and we manage to sleep comfortably. The dog bed turned into a “day” bed, so now I put it in their pen or between the passenger seats of the PTV when we’re on the road.

  6. geogypsy2u says:

    Really nice campground with so much space around the site, plus the lake.

    Bridget you just have to keep reminding Spike.

  7. LOL how can Bridget look so innocent in that portrait! You must have photoshopped it! LOL! Great campsite once again! The HoundHerd sends bow wows and arf arfs to the crew!

  8. Cathie Laurent says:

    I love the picture of the BLT sitting in the big open spaces with lake in background.

  9. Sherry says:

    What a beautiful place you are in. And a FABULOUS picture of that badger. They really are very beautiful. I didn’t realize they were even in the US. I thought they were all in Britain. Too much Wind in the Willows I guess. LOL

    It is so very clear that Bridget really does try to be so good. I mean just look at those eyes. I had a pair of beagles much like Spkey (Scooter) and Bridget (Scamper). But Scamper was a serious actress…..she tried to framed poor Scooter all the time for things he actually didn’t do. Not that he didn’t do a lot on his own.

    Hope you’ll post a comparison shot of your campground with the warriors all around. Looks mighty peaceful in this shot.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I was thinking the same thing… a comparison photo. Only I was thinking of a sunshiny day as opposed to the dreary day I took that pic.

      Sounds like your Scamper was a highly intelligent dog.

  10. Chuck says:

    Dear Spike,
    Even if you are out numbered…STAND YOUR GROUND or you will be picked on forever.
    Signed, Scotty, Radar and Doogie Bowser

    Dear Sue,
    That has got to be on your top five best campgrounds!!!! Beautiful! After the great 70- 80 degree temps at North Rim, the 102 today at Page is terrible.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Oh, you’re at Page! That must be a lot lower elevation than the Kaibab Plateau. Yes, this reservoir and campground both are pretty. The temperature has been good, too. There have been some hot afternoons. Usually the breeze moderates it enough. Yesterday and this morning were long-sleeves and long pants weather.

  11. Angie2B says:

    Bridget lookes so sweet. Her ears looked like Spike had given them a licking! haha

  12. GingerDa says:

    Ahh cute post. You take great pictures!! Love the doggie commentary.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Badgers coming close to humans? Never heard of that…they are fierce creatures!! Do be safe, you 3!!

  14. Ed says:

    I’m guessing that the smoke is coming from the Halstead fire just north of Stanly, ID. I have been in Challis, ID for almost a month now and have had the dubious pleasure to be socked in by the smoke for a couple of weeks. It is far worse than a haze here.The prevailing wind is from the west and you are not that far east of Challis so you are getting what is left after I get my big dose.

  15. Bob Giddings says:

    I’ve just got back from a small trailer experience in Colorado, and was sorta catching up with you this morning. The Casita is as cute as ever in the photos, not to mention Bridget. But I’ve got a question for you.

    After all this time, do you have any desire for a bigger or different trailer? If money weren’t a factor, how would you change your traveling life? What shortcomings of a 17 foot trailer remain an irritant, and what have you gotten used to?

    I’m pretty sure from your comments you are happy with the big decisions, like taking off and having the dogs with you. But how about small ones? What would you change if it were easy to do so?

    IOW, how about a year end review? Are you still a happy camper?


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Nice to hear you’re interested enough in my blog to catch up! I love to hear my Casita is “as cute as ever.”

      I have no desire at all for a bigger trailer. This is the sincere truth, not me unable to admit a mistake. It’s big enough to provide the space for the crew and me, yet it’s small enough to be maneuverable in tight spots. I love how I can make a U-turn with such a short radius. That proved important when I found a deadfall across the road when deep in the Kaibab Forest.

      There aren’t many decisions I regret, because I had lots of time to think everything through. I’m an analyzer by nature. I probably wouldn’t have bought the GPS. I haven’t used it in months. I’m still mad at it for putting us on the Coyote Road in NM, otherwise known as The Trail of the Devil. I’m happy with the options I chose for the BLT. Even though I rarely use the outside shower, I’m glad I have it. I may put up a shower enclosure around it at some point.

      I’m glad I bought a stabilizer bar. Forgot to put it on before driving from Bozeman to Butte and I noticed the difference. I’m thrilled with the PTV. You probably already know that!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I neglected to answer your question… Would more money change my traveling life? I don’t see how. Maybe I wouldn’t be as conscious of the money I spend at the gas pumps. Maybe more money would be a detriment . . . I’d have no restraint on gas usage and would drive around too much. As it is, I go slowly, see more, enjoy much.

      Nothing about the BLT irritates me and I haven’t had to get used to anything. Sounds too good to be true, but it is true. Great questions, Bob.

  16. Karen says:

    Hello, Sue. The pictures are so interesting and beautiful. We thank you for sharing. I hope you zoomed in on the badger and he wasn’t really as close as he appeared to be to you. I’ve heard that they are just plain mean if they feel at all threatened and that it doesn’t take much to make them feel that way. Loved sweet little Bridget’s blog. Funny how those two (Bridget and Spike) have such insights into the dynamics of daily life on the road. I recall you asked a couple of months ago what changes or improvements you could make to the blog to make it more interesting. I’m glad that Spikey and Bridget have decided to chime in on the Canine Corner. Enjoy your day.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s good to hear you enjoyed the photos. Yes, I did zoom in on the badger. Most any wildlife photos I take are zoomed.

      Re Spike and Bridget…. It’s been a while since their input has been a natural part of my stories, and I’ve been conscious of the comments people made to include more of them. I’ll try the Canine Corner and see how it goes. I don’t want to be overly cute which is easy to do once you have animals talking!

  17. Dianne Long says:

    Hi Sue….Regarding the Honey Badger comment….There is a popular video on you tube which shows a honey badger in battle with a cobra….it’s become a favorite with the narrator using the term “honey badger don’t care”, among other things, as the fearless honey badger takes on the snake. Not sure, but it may have first surfaced in a commercial….
    Enjoy your site…I have been lurking on several blogs this week as I am in the planning stage of a RV full time adventure when the time is right. Your blog is especially appreciated as it makes the lifestyle seem possible via the simplicity you have chosen….. Carry on! Poppy

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Dianne/Poppy! Nice to hear from you. I like your comment “it makes the lifestyle seem possible via the simplicity you have chosen.” In my view the simplicity makes the lifestyle fun, too!

  18. George says:

    Glad to have found your blog, your sister pointed the way. Long time owner of multiple Jack Russells here and know they can be a handful. Your blog reminds me of Travels With Charlie by Stienbeck. Beautiful photos of an incredible country, keep up the good work.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi George,

      Welcome! Glad to have you with us.

      My crew are rat terriers, not quite as rambunctious as Jack Russells, but they are evil in other ways. That’s quite a compliment on my blog. Thank you!

  19. cozygirl says:

    Oh Bridget….you sweetie pie!!! I’m so glad you decided to speak up too…
    Your rvsue is the highlight of my day…you are so lucky to have her in your life!!

  20. Comaalema says:

    hi all

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