A night in the Badlands, and on to Anza Borrego!

Sunday, November 25

It’s said that exercise is good for raising one’s spirits, so Bridget, Spike, and I take a longer walk that usual.  Out in the desert away from the community of motorhomes and trailers at Slab City that has been our home this past week, I resolve to remember all that the crew and I have to be thankful for.

One of those blessings is the friendship and company of Ken.

Shortly after we return, I hear Ken talking to Bridget and Spike outside the Best Little Trailer.  We settle under the awning and proceed to talk nonstop all afternoon.  I find myself laughing several times.  We exchange email addresses, hug, and say goodbye.

“I know we’ll meet again, Ken,” I call after him as he walks away.

After an early supper I pack up everything — dog pen, table, lounge chair, camp chair, patio mat, etc. — leaving only one camp chair for morning coffee time.  I roll up the awning and lower the solar panel.  Good.  Now I don’t have much to do in the morning before we leave.

Monday, November 26

I hitch up, remove the chocks from the wheels, lift the rear jacks, secure the interior, throw the chair in the back, and the crew and I wind our way across the Slabs toward Solar Mike’s.  It’ll be so nice to have that connector fixed.

I pull around back.  Oh, no!  “Closed on Monday” sign.  Geesh, I wish he’d given me an appointment!  Well, I guess this is too small a job.  It’s my own fault. I should’ve asked what day he takes off.

On the bright side, the crew and I can leave Slab City right away!

I find the free dump and water I’ve heard about.  It’s at a rest stop between Calipatria and Brawley. I want to keep going.  An unpleasant odor hits us just past the rest stop.  A feed lot full of hundreds of cows!  I turn my eyes away which is my custom whenever I pass one of those dreadful places.

Driving on down the road, the air becomes even more odiferous. There’s a dirty yellow haze above the city.  To the right four stacks blow who-knows-what into the air.  I see chemical sprayers and tanks in the farm fields on both sides of the road.  And the Salton Sea gets the blame for the stink!

When Route 111 intersects Route 78/86, we turn right.

We make a brief stop at the Brawley Vons store (aka Safeway).  I’m thankful the odors haven’t permeated the store.  My throat is irritated.  Back in the PTV, I share a few slices of deli turkey with Bridget and Spike, down some soda, and head northwest.

We pass through Westmoreland in the blink of an eye and approach Salton City.  The sky in all directions is thick with smog!  I look toward the Santa Rosa Mountains and Anza Borrego Desert State Park and it doesn’t look much better over there.  Now my upper chest hurts, as well as my neck.  This is not good.

I want to get gas and dump tanks at the ARCO station but all the pumps are busy with motorhomes and cars, with more waiting.

I need to get better air!  I’ve got enough gas and dumping is not urgent, so we leave and go west on S22.  About five miles out of Salton City, I’m not feeling well at all.   I see two Class C RVs parked in a clear area to the right and decide to stop for a while.

This is where I meet Lila and Loren from Saskatchewan.

What interesting people!  I realize I don’t want to drive any more, so I set up camp.  After a nap and a bite to eat, I feel better.  I see Loren coming over.  Later Lila joins us.  We discuss such things as my solar set-up, the used Class C they just bought and are fixing up, and the hundreds of quads (OHVs, ATVs, whatever) that stormed all around this area over Thanksgiving weekend.

“See that mountain over there.  You couldn’t see it.  It was a sheet of brown . . . the dust was so thick.”  Together we hope it’s completely settled by tomorrow.

Our camp is near a very deep precipice in an area known as the Badlands.

I keep the crew on-leash or in their pen until it’s time to turn in for the night.  Before bed I get online and read the outpouring of support from my wonderful blog readers.   I’m deeply touched.  I write a brief update instead of blogging because I’m feeling tired again.  I fall asleep in a much better state of mind.

Around 3 a.m. I wake up with a terrible headache!

I take some ibuprofen and go back to sleep.

Tuesday, November 27

In the morning, the headache is still with me, but I manage to get us back on the road.  A short time later we arrive at Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Yay!  The air is clear!  I can breathe!  And what a fantastic area for dispersed camping!  It’s everything people said it would be.

I feel better already! 

Bridget, Spike, and I jump out of the PTV and walk around until we find the perfect spot for our camp.  It’s away from a group camped here.  We’re off by ourselves, the crew can run free, and we have a lovely view of the mountains!

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Note:  I remember my father admonishing me, “Speak when you’re spoken to!”  I guess that’s why I feel I should respond to every comment on my blog.  However, there are too many after the last post, and if I respond to one, I feel I should respond to all. 

I can’t come close to expressing my appreciation.  Please know I’m grateful for each message.  Your words worked wonders on me. Several comments were so powerful, I was awestruck.

I think I have the best comment section anywhere, and I don’t care if I’m bragging, because it’s true.  And it’s the best because I have the best readers!  Gee, the comment section often has more good content than my posts!  Thanks for writing.

Your comments are full of good advice for anyone trying to get through a depressive episode.  I know your sharing of personal experiences and your sincere encouragement must be a help to fellow readers, as well as to me.  Thank you so much for caring.


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111 Responses to A night in the Badlands, and on to Anza Borrego!

  1. Nan says:

    You are in a location known for long-horn sheep! Good luck in spotting one. And if you do, I will be jealous!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’d love to see a long-horn sheep! Thanks for alerting me. Now where’d I put that monocular!

      • Please take a picture if you can of the long-horn sheep. I have never seen one. I am new to your blog but I have read it all and just love every bit. My husband had a stroke in 2008, so I am his 24/7 caregiver. Your blog gives me some hope, that maybe some day I will be able to travel. Thank you for taking the time to put a smile and give me a few laughs in a other wise hard day.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          Hello, Michelle!

          Bless your heart, you’ve got a lot on your shoulders right now. I wish my blog weren’t such a “downer” the past few days. I can understand how you would need some diversion and cheer.

          I hope you do get the chance to travel. In the meantime, I am glad I can brighten your days with my stories of the crew and our activities, and also the photos. Best wishes to you and your husband.

  2. Lacy says:

    So glad to hear your spirits are lifted and you can BREATHE again! I so very much look forward to your posts and don’t always read all the comments but when I do, I realize even more so of what a phenomenal person you are – not just anyone would get these kinds of responses from virtual strangers, much less virtual friends!
    Thanks always for sharing your adventures and photos…. I love em!

  3. Marcia GB says:

    Anza-Borrego is the first place I ever camped. My parents and I moved to San Diego from NH when I was 6. We camped in the desert in our 1952 Ford Ranch Wagon; I slept in the front seat, Mom and Dad in smelly Army surplus sleeping bags in the back. We woke up freezing at 5 am. Those were the days 🙂

  4. Reine says:

    You’re in a great location and I know you and the crew will enjoy recharging yourselves away from the slabs and smog.
    Looking at the pictures of the BLT, I notice that the awning isn’t strapped or staked down. To avoid nasty surprises caused by sudden winds, you would be wise to either use the over the awning strap every time you deploy the awning or at least get some ropes and tie down the ends of the awning. The awning “anchors” on the BLT aren’t strong enough to keep it from blowing over the top of the Casita in a strong wind. The wind may be predictable where you are but I don’t trust it.

  5. Kim says:

    “I think I have the best comment section anywhere, and I don’t care if I’m bragging, because it’s true. And it’s the best because I have the best readers! ”

    Roger that!

  6. Dedra says:

    Bless you and the crew!
    Thank you for your great blog!

  7. Becky says:

    Glad you have found a great spot to set up the BLT. The crew looks quite content! Will you be able to get back to Solar Mike’s to get that connection fixed? Or will you wait to find someone else to get it switched out?
    Also, I agree with Reine about the awning. We had a rogue wind come out of nowhere and send ours backwards over our RV.. The repair bill on that episode was not fun!!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Okay, Becky. Now I’m firmly persuaded to stop being so lazy and strap down the awning!

      No, I’m not going back to the Slabs. I’ll find someone else to do the work.

      • Tamara says:

        Most memorable sighting last summer – a brand new Mercedes Benz SUV towing a brand new pop up trailer pulled in next to us at Serrano campground in Big Bear, CA. They set up their new trailer, including the awning, but didn’t strap the awning down. During the night the winds kicked up quite strongly. The next morning we walked outside, and there was their brand new awning flipped backward and up onto the roof of their brand new trailer. Ouch! I will admit that we’d likewise gotten a bit lazy about strapping down our awning, but no more after that!

        By the way, if you happen to go through Julian on your way in or out of Anza Borrego, the best apple pie shop in all of California (in my humble opinion) is there – the Julian Pie Company. They also have a second shop down the hill from Julian, in Santa Ysabel, where the parking is much easier for a van + trailer combination. (http://www.julianpie.com/indexNext.html)

  8. Cathie Laurent says:

    Like the looks of your new camp. Don’t worry about answering my comments. I like to post a little something so I will be notified of follow-up comments. With as many comments as you get, you could type your fingers to the bone!

  9. Chuck says:

    Great campsite and another great ,stupendous, wonderful, fantastic blog! Now let’s get serious here…are you carrying less weight in the back of the PTV or the front of the BLT? Picture shows you perfectly level(which is very good) and when we saw you last, PTV was squatting down about 3-4 inches in back and I mentioned shock absorbers…what ever you did(not the diet) is good. City of Rocks is awesome. Woof from the Herd to the Crew!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think the difference in how the PTV looks has to do with the slope of the ground she’s sitting on. The slope isn’t always visible in the photo, but the bottom line of the PTV is always easy to see. When I park, of course I’m looking for a level spot for the BLT, and that sometimes puts the PTV on an incline.

  10. Marcia says:

    Sue, you are loved for being who you are… an honest, smart, strong, independent woman who is living her best life. There is positive and negative in all….. people, places and things, and it is the wise ones who realize this after trial and error, that those influences can inflict pleasure or pain in our life. Sue, you are wise.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Some places, even beautiful places, can give me negative feelings. It makes me wonder if something bad happened there, maybe many years ago. So it’s not only the obviously depressing places, like where the people are really poor. Ah, the mysteries of life and our world . . .

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Marcia.

      • Carrie says:

        I got those eerie or sad feelings in houses while house shopping years ago and thought the same thing. What happened here, I’d wonder.

        I’m so happy you’re out of those dark places! Way to go! 🙂

        I’m glad you’re not working to answer all the comments from the last post too. Whew, there are a lot! You not at all expected to answer this comment either. Just wanted to let you know I’ll be working as much as I can and quietly and happily tagging along through your wonderful blog on your big adventures, hooray!

        Take care and see ya and the crew soon! 🙂

      • Donna D. says:

        You’re right about your negative feelings about certain places. Some of us are more “tuned” to energies and can pick up positive and/or negative feelings of not only the people around us but the places themselves. I think that is one reason Sue was not feeling well. (In addition to the poor air quality.) Hopefully, you will continue to feel well.

        I had that experience while RVing in the outback of Australia. Pulled into a very pretty campground with no one there. It “felt” very awful to the point I decided to push on even though it was going to be dark soon. Luckily I found a rest stop about an hour later with some other RVers stopped for the night. I found out later that the campground that I didn’t stay at had had problems with locals breaking into the campers. Always trust your instincts!

        • Donna D. says:

          By the way, I currently live in the northwest corner of CT.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          So I’m not the only one to picks up negative feelings about places. I also can feel the presence of people when touching an item they’ve had in their possession, like a watch or a key chain. That’s a good thing.

          Some people attribute those “instincts” to move on as the urging of spiritual guides. Whatever the case, it’s wise to listen and follow. I’m glad you did in that circumstance.

          • Marcia GB says:

            Whenever I get those feelings about a place I imagine beautiful rainbow light around the area, absorbing and cleansing the energy. I know that may be a little *woo-woo* for some folks but it does work. And I do it even if I’m moving on.

  11. Mark says:

    Sue, you have a great blog. But I have to admit it is the only one I read the comments. I don’t want to miss all the fun everyone else is having traveling along with you.
    Salina ks.

  12. Mick says:

    I see a nice lake just off route 78 but it doesn’t have a name?

  13. sierrasue123 says:

    Ahhh,,, Yes, this is a much nicer spot to camp !! Enjoy it to the fullest Sue and crew !

  14. Pam Ridgely says:

    Hi Sue,

    I have been reading your blog for a few months and have really enjoyed it. The other day someone had said they were starting at the begining and I thought, yeah, I’ll go back and start at the beginning. I have to tell you, it was interestesting hearing you progress from sticks and bricks to new fultimer….like from the eyes of a child. I don’t consider your blog a blog, but more of a story. You are a wonderful story teller and to me, that is something very special. I’m up to Feb’12.

    We are also fultimers starting out in ’05. We are presently spending the winter in Missoula, MT. Let me tell you, it’s dang cold when we are used to going to Yuma.

    Safe travels to you and the furkids. Maybe we will meet up some day.

    Pam R

    • Pam, how do you keep the lines and water tanks from freezing?

      • Pam Ridgely says:


        This year we purchased a heated water hose (I think they are sold as frost free) and styrofoam insulation skirtting the bottom of the RV. We have a Teton 5th wheel with the artic package, so that means water lines and tanks are heat-taped and enclosed under the RV with their own insulation. We are renting a 100# propane tank and have also put shrink wrap on the inside windows. We are toasty warm and getting to experience a winter with snow. I might add we are staying at the Missoula KOA where we have worked the past 3 summers. So far so good, but miss going to Yuma and sitting outside and reading.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Welcome to my blog! I take “like from the eyes of a child” as a compliment. I hope I never lose my sense of wonder at the places I’m seeing as we travel. I’m happy you like my blog. Thanks for writing and try to stay warm!

  15. Kathy Embury says:

    Sue….I love reading your blog ! We are planning to become FT RVers’ with our three small dogs, within three years. Being Canadian, we have to spend 6 mos in Canada,(to collect pension)but can’t wait to hit some of the spots you find down south.

    Your laundromat experience raised my personal concerns with using laundromat facilities which may not be in my own comfort zone. Since a washer for the 5th wheel most likely won’t be in the cards, I was able to find a band-aid solution. Compact,light weight and uses very little water.. http://www.laundry-alternative.com/products/Wonderwash.html. Its not for big loads,but would work for what I would “have” to have done. I ordered one online last night !

    I’m also sold on the solar power as well…….I want the independence.

    Just wanted you to know , my husband and I both love reading your blogs. So glad to know your feeling more like yourself again!

    MB Canada

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Kathy and husband! Welcome!

      Interesting product. .. I’d like to hear your review of the item after you’ve used it a few times. It could go on our RV Resources page!

      As for me … I know I’m weird . . . I usually enjoy going to the laundromat! Most of them are clean and not at all depressing. I like that it forces me to get all the wash done at once. I do some hand-washing, too.

      Three years to go… Best of luck with your plans. Thanks for writing.

    • Chuck says:

      Hi Kathy and husband!
      Lil washer looks neat, please review for us too! Sues RV Resources has a lot of good info!
      Thanks, Chuck

  16. Gabrielle Becker says:

    Hi, Sue: I was intrigued by Kathy from Manitoba’s comment about the Wonderwash. I always thought that an old fashioned wringer washer would be a good idea for an rv, only sized smaller. A small tub, with an agitator, and a wringer. This thing is the closest I have seen to being perfect. The only thing needed is a wringer to get the soapy water out of the clothes before rinsing, and then the clean rinse water out before hanging on the line. Hand wringing would be a big chore, especially for large items (blankets, jeans) and for people like me with arthritis.
    I’m anxious to see how she rates the machine. In theory, it is a super idea!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Gabrielle,

      Yes, I hope Kathy from Manitoba reads your comment and gets back with her assessment. My mother had a wringer washer. Those things really do squeeze out the water. She wouldn’t let us girls near it for obvious reasons.

      I’ll stick with hand-washing small items and going to the laundromat. I have to be careful about adding more stuff to carry around.

  17. PatrickA says:

    He walks into the trailer and returns with an “Anderson” connector that clicks together. The one I have doesn’t click; it mushes together and doesn’t hold. After a brief discussion, it’s decided that I’ll stop by with both the PTV and BLT on my way out of the Slabs, as he’s on the main road out.

    You can get Anderson Power Poles at Ham Radio Outlet or almost any good Ham Radio/CB Shop.
    If you are going to Quartzsite there is a good RV shop behind the Loves Truck Stop, and of course I can’t remember the name of the place but they are very good and honest.

    • PatrickA says:

      here is a link to their shop. They are called RV Lifestyle

      We had a problem with our stove in our RV and they stopped what they were working on and fixed it for us. They work for a couple of hours on it.(trying to find the propane leak ) they were very reasonable about the cost. I would say you could go there and tell them what Solar Mike suggested.

  18. Mark Watson says:

    Mick, Mickent, and RVSue… what’s wrong with you people? Have you been out in the sun too long?
    Your looking at something in the desert that’s not really there… are you ready? It’s a mirage. lol

    • Mick says:

      Well the Google map person saw the mirage and painted it blue on the map. I was just dumb enough to believe Google. LOL

  19. Jeff says:

    Sue when I started reading todays blog it sounded like you were getting sick and I got worried about you being alone with nobody to take care of you….I’m glad you just needed some heathy clean air to feel better! See how your virtual family loves and cares about you and the crew?

    Jeff (and since you like to know locations)
    Ottawa, Illinois

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      How sweet of you, Jeff!

      I’ve had to take care of myself when sick for many years now. I keep everything I want and need when sick so I don’t have to go anywhere . . . stuff like Gatorade, ginger ale, saltines, light soups, ibuprofen . . .

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Thanks for the location! I really like knowing where people are, and I bet other comment-readers do, too.

  20. So glad you seem to be feeling better. That slab city did not look like an inviting place. And everyone says to go there.. Looks depressing to me. All those people trying to survive on barely anything. The Borrego place looks much better, hope you see some of those statues they have around the place Thought those would be interesting to see. Hope things go better and the place will suit you for awhile. Looks like lots of running around places for the pups…. Take Care

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Delores,

      I will look for those statues and take photos. Spike is loving the freedom to run around. I just took a picture of him galloping down a sandy lane coming back to our camp. Bridget doesn’t care about freedom to roam, but it makes life worth living for Spike. And then he comes home and sleeps like a stone.

  21. geogypsy2u says:

    Bad air, bad vibes, best to follow your instincts. Spent a little time out of Ocotillo Wells in Borrego gathering alabaster. Gorgeous country with lots of space to be alone. Plus the night light shows courtesy of the Air Force.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Gaelyn,

      I chose to bypass the road to Ocotillo Wells and head out here instead, mainly to avoid OHVs and their dust. I may drive through there on the way out of here.

  22. libertatemamo says:

    Soooo happy you’re in Anza Borrego and in a happy place 🙂 We’re actually headed your way (again) in a few days so might look you up if you’re still there. LOVE that place. Friday AM farmers market is fun, plus you can bring the dogs. Also the metal sculptures just outside of town are a sight to see: http://www.galletameadows.com/

  23. Rita says:

    The road from Anza Borrego to Julian is very winding and steep….thought I should let you know…like the road Lucy & Desi Arnez movie ‘The long long trailer.’ the drive is beautiful tho. I explored while on a job in the area on weekends when I didn’t want to be stuck in hotel room. That whole area is beautiful & in the mountains there are potable natural springs. I’ve seen long lines to the natural springs. I didn’t get a chance to hike much cuz mountain lions in area but I did hike a little of the Pacific Trail close to Julian….you prob can take PTV up the road but don’t know about BLT to Julian. I know you’ll enjoy your stay in the area….I know I did.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Rita,

      I saw that road on the map and decided it was a no-go as far as towing the BLT over it. Tomorrow we’re going over to check out Borrego Springs. Today, puttering around and taking it easy!

  24. Alison says:

    Breathe that nice clean fresh desert air, Sue, and let it soothe the raw spots. And sleep well, you and the kids.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Alison,

      The crew and I are outside almost all day. I only come inside to use the “facility”, get some food, and to go online. We slept well last night. It’s a little cooler in the night than at the Slabs, higher elevation does it, I guess, and, of course, warm during the day. Very comfortable! Thanks for the kind words.

  25. Rattlesnake Joe says:

    Put some pieces of a cracker just below your bedroom window and listen for scuring in the night. Chances are it will be a kangeroo rat. Shine the flashlight on it and watch the little creature eat the cracker. They are sooooo cute. Walt Desney couldn’t have improved on their cuteness.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I bet they are cute, Joe. I’m leery of attracting any rodents though. I’ve heard such horror stories about them eating engine wires.

      • Rattlesnake Joe says:

        Of course you are right and if untidy, the snakes will come in to eat the rodents that were attracted to your area by all the crumbs. If you open your hood during the day the little rascals won’t bother the wires. Only thing I can think of is to camp close to those that have cats. But then the Coyotes are attracted to the cats and may be a problem for the crew. I know, how about bigger dogs like Mastifs, they’ll keep those Coyotes away. But you will need to haul a trailer in back of the BLT for the Mastifs. Oh heck just forget it.

  26. Bob Giddings says:

    I think you need a change of scenery. The desert can get emotionally monochrome after a while. Where are you planning to spend the winter? Going back to Georgia?

    I have two suggestions. One is South Texas and/or somewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast. Shorts and Tshirt weather most all winter, and many campgrounds, even near the beach, for very little money – as I remember, full amenities for under $300.

    The second is what a friend of mine does. He rotates among New Mexico State Parks. With the purchase of an annual pass for $225, electric and water sites are only $4/night. You have to move every so often, but there are lots of parks. Verizon covers the state pretty well.


    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Bob!

      Before I answer your questions . . . I spoke with Rudy again and mentioned you. He wasn’t sure who you are — I didn’t have much with which to jog his memory as I’m not even sure what rig you had when you were with him. He said he knows a lot of Bobs (as do I). He lives in Abbottsford (sp?) and said “It must be me, because there aren’t a lot of Rudys in Abbottsford.”

      I’m not going back to GA. I broke all ties there (but still correspond with friends) and it’s a case of been-there-done-that. Texas coast seems awfully far after all the travel I’ve done. New Mexico state parks …. I bought one of those as soon as I entered NM after picking up the BLT in TX. It was fun hopscotching from one park to another, only $4 a night. And it was an excellent way to transition into fulltiming for someone who’d never camped before and didn’t have solar yet. I may do that again some year.

      I’ll probably go back to AZ before the winter is over.

      • Bob says:

        Wrong Rudy. Mine was Swiss/Canadian, lived in Surrey, and ran a computer services business. No matter, it was a long shot. I met him at the PNWCO – Pacific North West Camp Out. Had a big blue and white motorhome. I stayed in his driveway for a week once, and he showed me around Vancouver.

        As for the Texas coast being far off, well, that depends on how cold you get up there. Nothing like Jack Frost nipping at your tail to make the miles fly by. Gas is down to $3.15 here, and the winter weather is supposed to be warmer and drier than usual everywhere in the southern US from Arizona to Florida.

        But they’re just TV weathermen. What do they know? :o)

    • Geri says:

      We are currently staying in City of Rocks State Park in New Mexico! The State Parks here are well worth the price of a yearly pass! Very dog friendly here and lots of boondocking going on!

  27. Hi Sue, I don’t comment too often. Somehow, the login thing makes it difficult for me. Anyway… just wanted to tell you that I love your blog. I’ve read it all from day 1, TWICE. The other day, I was feeling like I was hitting a wall with my fulltime project and I went back to it just to perk me up. And it worked 😉

    Some places have bad energy and literally suck the life out of you. For me, it’s the right part of the Y in Sedona. The one where all the tourist shops are. I deeply love Sedona but I just can’t go there. For you it was the slabs and this might be why you were feeling sick lately. I am not a doctor but I would prescribe good fresh air, pretty scenery, peace and quiet and last but not least lots of doggy love and kisses!

    About the solar… several people told me about a great place in Quartzite. I understand that you are in the general area… I do not remember the name (not there yet) but I can ask if you need.

    Keep going, we are following 😉

    PS: now, let’s see if my comment makes it through… drum rolls….

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble posting a comment. How annoying. I believe you’re right about me feeling sick from a negative location and bad air. Even Bridget (who is more sensitive than Spike in every way) has been “out of sorts” the past few days. . . Her belly making bubbly noises, her eyes sad, and her activity level down. After some rest in this better place, she will perk up.

      I wasn’t planning on going to Quartzsite, but now I’ll consider it.

  28. cinandjules says:

    Sounds like the area, the elements compounded with the “funk” mood started to wear you down. Glad to hear you’ve moved on to a nicer location and away from whatever that was in the air.

    Take care of yourself and the crew. Our critters know when we are having a bad day…they somehow are tuned in. Bridget will come around. Your health is more important than feeling like you HAVE to write for us.

    Love your blog…….and love the people who contribute to it. It would be neat to know…where everyone is from….just think your blog might be international. That would be something!

  29. Hazel says:

    Glad you have moved on and left the ‘Black Dog’ behind you, Sue. Surroundings are so important to sensitive people. We’re even finding some of the poverty here in North Carolina very enervating and disheartening. We are staying in a dreadful campground with very poor fulltimers in decrepit trailers; we’re both quite sick with colds anyway so we’re just laying low until we have the energy to move further south. I couldn’t stay in such a place for long.

    We’re on a steep learning curve in our Casita for our 5 1/2 month snowbird winter. I want to know how to do everything! You are such an inspiration, Sue. I think, “If RVSue can do it, so can I!”. 😉

  30. Susie says:

    So glad you’re feeling a tad better. Sunny, clear skies have a way of cheering us up!

    Susie in Destin, Florida

  31. gingerda says:

    You have so many comments I don’t know how you could answer everyone. Glad things are going better for you now.
    I like reading where everyone is from too…probably just my nosey side coming out. lol
    I am from Las Vegas Nevada now. Grew up in southern California.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Even if people only put the two-letter abbreviation for their state at the end, it would be good. Especially the Bobs, Jims, and Sues that I get mixed up! Now Ginger is easy….

      • cinandjules says:

        I have an idea…….put the two-letter abbreviation for their state at the end of their name.
        So it shows up cinandjules-NY. That way people won’t have to remember on each post and you’ll know which Bob, Jim, Sue and Kathy is writing.

  32. Eileen P. says:

    RV Sue,
    I was alerted to your blog by a fellow camper in New Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday. I perused some of your earlier entries, and noticed that you said you grew up “in a little town south of Glens Falls”. I grew up in Hudson Falls, NY! Born in the mid 1950’s.

    I am enjoying reading about your travels… enjoy! I’d love to do full time in a few years. Your story is inspiring.

    Eileen (from Phoenix)

  33. cinandjules says:

    Ought oh………did I just hijack your blog? sorry

  34. mary ann says:

    Sue your blog InspIres me every day~I’m hooked! Pontotoc, ms

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