The crew and I hike into the south end of Sawtooth Canyon this morning.
Hiking trails go off in all directions from Sawtooth Canyon Campground, south of Barstow. They vary from easy walks to difficult climbs. Bridget, Spike, and I choose an easy-to-moderate trail. Bridget is almost back to her strength and stamina before she tore the ligament in her left, back leg. She and Spike enjoy the adventure. At the sound of the camera case being unzipped, they know the hike pauses until I zip it back up again!
On the way back we rest in the shade of the boulders overlooking some of the campsites.
I share these photos especially for those of you who want to camp here someday. This weather in southern California in early November is wonderful!
Looks like a great place! So glad Bridget is doing better! So is Radar, back to his bouncy happy self! Now “Grandpa Scotty” has a hurt foot! Sheeeeesh! You would love City of Rocks State Park! We are gonna camp there for a week after we finish up here! Wonderful boondocking areas tucked in amongst the rocks!
Great to hear Radar is better. Get well wishes to Scotty. It’s always sumpthin! City of Rocks seems similar to the Alabama Hills. Enjoy your stay and have a great time at the dentist. Ooh, that wasn’t nice.
This is a very good dentist in Deming NM! He is wonderful! Dr. Gordon !!! I don’t mind going to a dentist who in not only very nice but very gentle!
You and the crew live such adventurous lives! Neat rock formations…lots of new smells for the crew. Looks peaceful AND quiet!
Ever worry about rattlesnakes?
At first when we came to the desert, I was leery of rattlesnakes. Now since we’ve spent so much time walking the desert without seeing any, I’m not nervous about them. I am very careful, nevertheless. Just because you’ve never encountered a rattler, doesn’t mean the next step you won’t!
Loved the slide show.
Thanks for letting me know…. Nice of you not to say, “Oh no, more rocks?”
Do you “boondock” in AZ in the winter or do you have a base?
Don’t forget I have the AZ Republic newspaper for you. I never got the dvd/video from Scott…oh well…you managed to save it to your site.
I don’t have a base. I boondock in Arizona in the winter.
I haven’t forgotten about the newspaper. I’d have you send it to the Barstow P.O. but I may be driven out of here by the weekend campers. I appreciate you holding it for me.
No problem…………..I’ll remind you when you get to AZ.
No matter how tough a day I am having at work…seeing the babes in the most serene spots makes me all happy and the perfect reminder, my day will be here soon. I’m so glad Bridget is running the paths with you again…just wasn’t right she couldn’t participate in such fun! :O)
It’s a pleasure for me to help people keep their dream life in sight, and knowing my blog brightens someone’s day is a fantastic reward for creating it.
So glad that Bridget is doing better. And I am glad that YOU like the desert. I loved the slide show but now I am so thirsty…Water…Water…Water!!!! LOL Love you Susan!
Love you, too, Big Sister.
Oh your lucky crew…………the joy in their faces as they explore with you each day. So glad that Bridget has healed and can keep up with mer man Spike. Loved the photos…..keep them coming Sue. Cozygirl is so right………………….it brightens each of our days to get our daily fix of Rv Sue and her crew !!
Bridget only plopped herself down once on our hike. A week or so ago she would’ve stopped the hike five or six times. Makes me happy… Boy, would I have felt guilty if she didn’t heal, after two vets told me she had to have surgery. She’s bright-eyed and enjoying our walks again!
Love seeing the pictures! Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, mj.
I love to read your blog it always makes me smile and my day starts happily..Good your little doggie is doing better, I commend you for trying to rescue those dogs you mentioned on your blog, you have a big heart..People in these parts of the usa dump cats all the time, I rescue them to a shelter only for abandoned kitteh cats, they place them with loving parents and they are saved! I do believe there is a special place in hell for people who do that to helpless kittens, only I like to think those cruel and heartless people suffer here on earth, I really don’t believe in an afterlife of HELL, it is here, when a hurricane blows thru such densley populated areas such as the jersey shore, and nyc killing people and detroying their homes, livelihoods, the hell is here…I like your pictures of you and your children spike and bridget…I yearn for sunshine living in the pacific northwest with over 200 days of inclement weather it surely looks good to me, happy holidays very early!
Hello, Mary Jane,
One of the wonderful things about fulltiming that I didn’t anticipate is always living in perfect weather. Once you get the hang of it, you can avoid bad weather and live in an endless spring/summer. I love that!
Bless you for rescuing homeless cats.
Great slide show. Our weather here in Las Vegas is gorgeous right now too. I guess we have to suffer through the summer heat to have low 80’s in Nov. Although the news said a storm is coming through this weekend to really cool things off.
Yes, enjoy these beautiful days, the cold is coming. . . although I don’t think it’s going to be terrible. Glad you liked the slide show.
Like the new profile pics. Good job! I really liked the slide show that you did and the way you show us about the campgrounds. Gives me an idea which one I will choose when I go Rving. I have my folder of places I want to camp and it grows every week. I glean info from the blogs I read and your’s has a wealth of info, so thanks!
I’m happy to share with you the places where the crew and I camp. I try to be honest about them. This place is about the nearest to perfect you can get, in my opinion. The only downside is the lack of water. That doesn’t bother me because I always carry about 8 jugs (a gallon each) of water, in addition to the fresh water tank.
This place is definitely going on my “list” for next time we pass through Barstow!
We never would have found Sawtooth Canyon if you hadn’t recommended Owl Canyon . . . I’m happy to return the favor!.
Great slide show.
Nice of you to let me know!
OMG Sister!!! What happened to the calendar list that was on the right side of this website?? The one that lists this story from the beginning…day one…. May 2011…
Julia! You are an observant lady! It’s been condensed to a drop-down menu. If you want, I’ll put it back the way it was.
I put it back. I missed it. It shows off the work I’ve put into this blog!
Love the portraits of you and crew. They look like they are giving us all the eye. Another great place for my list. I would never have thought of the Barstow area as a destination spot but now I do. The Chamber of Commerce should give you the key to the city. LOL!
One of the great things about Barstow is it’s on the way between Mono Lake and Joshua Tree National Park . . . kinda.
Thanks for the great pics. We do plan tobe there in about a year +/- Very helpful. Looks like the camera is getting to know you quite well!
Hi Wayne . . . This camera is so much fun. Taking photos has become a big part of my life on the road.
RVSUE, Don’t you ever get “Scared” in these deserted campsites? I’m a city girl, and I love to see all your adventures! Don’t forget if your ever in Phoenix and need a haircut, hit me up! Keep safe all 3 of you 🙂
No, Tracy, I don’t ever get scared. I don’t know what I’m supposed to be scared of.
Thanks for the offer!
It’s so good to hear that Bridget is getting better! I was wondering the other day: you seem to live such a fun, adventurous life. Was your “previous life” this full of adventure? Or is this something new that you’ve ‘adapted’ to?
Thanks again for sharing all your fun, I just love getting notifications from your site and popping in to see WHAT IS SUE UP TO NOW? And I like the new pics on the side, great shots!
Overall I have to say no, my previous life was not this “full of adventure.” I’ve always lived on a low income, so that kept me from the travel I wanted to do or activities I wanted to participate in. Also I had a lot of family responsibilities. The years prior to fulltiming were restricted by the demands of my teaching career which kept me exhausted most of the time and by the frugality required to save for setting myself up to fulltime.
In short, my life now is payday!!! I waited so long that now every day is an adventure.
Well for what it’s worth, I’m so happy for you! You’re a good example of ‘take care of today and save for a rainy day’. You deserve to enjoy the fruits of you labor and we love going along for the ride!
Looking forward to all of your next adventures!
So happy to hear of Bridget doing so well now!! Great news!! Love hearing about the pups especially and the photos of them…such cute little faces!! Well, nice to see the other photos too…but you know how us doggie people are!!
We are having a great time ourselves…going to classes (no tests, no grades…just learning)…who would have dreamed we would do this in our “old” age? Still pondering the next next thing too…after our Seattle daughter is done with us helping her with the new baby in Spring…RV life still a big consideration. Thanks again for sharing all you learn too!!
Your life is full of new things (and a little baby, too!) and I can tell you are enjoying yourselves. Good for you! Seek out that which makes you happy — that’s what you’re doing.
I’m glad you love hearing about and seeing the crew because I can’t help but show them off!
Tracy asked if you ever got scared? I just read your “The Aliens are coming, the Aliens are coming “. That was a typical reaction from anyone who ever saw a UFO. If you do ever run into an Alien. Stand straight and bow slightly never taking your eyes off of them. Then say, ” It is the custom and manner of my people that permission be asked before entering my space “. This is letting them know that you have free will and you are asserting your souvernty. The good Aliens will abide by your decision to let them stay or go. The bad ones will take you aboard the flying saucer and subject you to medical testing and then make you forget the experience or give you screen memories usually. Desert skies are so beautiful that more UFO’s are seen than anywhere else I think. I have had 4 experiences of seeing them and I treasure each occurance.
I admit when I saw those lights I was intrigued and a part of me wanted the experience to turn out to be something extraordinary. However, it makes a funnier story to play up the fear factor!
When I look up at the gazillions of stars in the desert night sky, it seems preposterous to assume we are the only forms of life with “higher intelligence.” Your comments are always thought-provoking.
To read the blog entry Rattlesnake Joe mentioned, go to https://rvsueandcrew.com/2012/01/27/the-aliens-are-coming-the-aliens-are-coming/
Loved the slideshow Sue. Let’s enjoy this lovely So. Cal weather while we can. Glad to hear that Bridget is improving.
The clouds moved in overnight and it’s cooler today (Thursday) which has given me some ambition to tidy and clean.
I thought I would spend more time cleaning after I retired but only seem to do so thoroughly when stormy weather moves in (lol).
What a beautiful camp site. Here I live in the desert–well, Sun City, but I never get out of my little area and really see what lies beyond. Thanks for bringing all the beauty of the desert to your faithful blog readers. You truly inspire me, and I am sure that goes for others too. Love those doggie pictures–keep them coming, never get tired of looking at those two little beauties.
I so enjoy your blog…and envy your lifestyle. I’m a retired man with 2 old doggies myself. I really am at the point of throwing it all to the wind and taking the full-time rv boondocking plunge. I have a couple of questions for you…if you have the time: How did you go about getting rid of your “stuff”? I have a home and a bunch of furniture to dispose of. Am wondering if I should have an estate sale or what. I would choose a small trailer myself….I’ve had experience towing a 32′ one when I was married and the kids were young. Wondering whether to buy it here (Minnesota)…or perhaps in Arizona. At any rate…thanks for the grand posts and lovely pictures. Best of wishes to you and your pups.