Nosing around campsites at Canyon View

I peer out the window over our bed to watch the sun rise.

I’d like to go outside to our personal look-out ledge to view the canyon, but I don’t want to disturb the canine sleepyheads.  Gee, all the excitement of a new camp wiped them out.  I let them rest a few minutes longer.  Finally Bridget and Spike wake up and stagger outside.

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I sit in our outdoor room and drink my morning coffee.

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No one is here at Canyon View Campground at the Navajo National Monument.  Just me and my crew.

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The couple who camped here overnight in the Class C left early this morning.  (The trouble with Class C people, when they leave you can’t always tell whether they’ll be back or not, as their home has to go with them.)

I let Bridget and Spike enjoy no-leash freedom.

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Yes, I know, dogs are supposed to be on-leash here. “If a tree falls in the middle of a forest, but no one is around to hear it fall, does it make a sound?”  Well, if a rule is broken and no one is around to complain, does it matter?  So there.

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We nose around the empty campsites.

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Almost all the campsites have easy access to the canyon view a few steps from the barbeque grill.

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I change my plan to photograph the canyon this morning.  The canyon is east of us and in shadow.

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The picnic tables may need a fresh coat of paint and the grills are a bit rusty, but natural beauty prevails.

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This campsite is an easy pull-through.

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Bridget and Spike walk nicely together this morning.  The campground has numerous paths through the cedars, and the red-sand ground is soft for paws.

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Spike is a good boy and doesn’t perform his usual disappearing act.

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Could it be this place has a calming effect?  We are very reverential this morning.

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Spike pauses while Bridget sniffs around the sage.

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Every day should begin this peacefully, drifting in and out of sun and shade . . .

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Living in the moment . . .

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Bridget leads the way back to our campsite.

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We’re home!  Another day has been welcomed.

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By afternoon the wind is strong and gusty.

Therefore, in order to protect my camera, I postpone taking photos of the canyon.  I sit in my camp chair with my field guide to western trees and tentatively identify the pretty evergreens around our camp as Utah cedars.

When my hat blows off for the second time, I go inside.  Bridget and Spike follow, get in bed, and promptly drop into slumber.  I, on the other hand, gather up April receipts and set to work.  I’m pleased to announce that . . .

The April financial page is done.

Time to eat!  With my Utah Benchmark atlas in my lap, I research adventures for May online while munching a cheese sandwich, shared with Bridget and Spike, of course.

Gee, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  It doesn’t get any better than this. 

rvsue

NOTE:  Canyon photos tomorrow!

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97 Responses to Nosing around campsites at Canyon View

  1. diaryqueen/Mirta says:

    Ah, yes, bliss in our lives. A rare event and one to be cherished – enjoy!

  2. Nan says:

    You sound so relaxed that I am getting sleepy! Wish our 40 ft. would fit on the roads…. 😦

  3. Leander Linda says:

    This looks like an awesome campsite! Cant wait for more pictures.

  4. jamajoan says:

    I am getting so so so excited to do what you are doing! It is gonna’ happen….simplify, sell all, take off with the dogs (and bird), take a dose of “you can do it” medicine….and boondock my life away! What an inspiration you are, Sue!

  5. mary strasser says:

    Love the pictures of this campsite, so cozy looking. No nosy cows to alert Spike, no wonder he is calm!

  6. SSI John says:

    looks beautiful! I can’t wait to live the lifestyle.

  7. cozybegone says:

    The first two photos shared such a sense of tranquility….I want to be there!! And then the shots of Bridget and Spike…just adorable! If only they could speak … how happy they must be!

  8. Gayle says:

    Love this campsite. My fav so far, along with Oregon. Certainly that dashing pose by Spike, suitable for framing as they say, should more than make up for whatever disappearing acts have occurred so far…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I think Spike stays closer to me and the Bridge now that his eyesight and hearing are poor. It makes me sad. But on the bright side, he has become more receptive to affection. When he was young he’d hardly let me hug him… too mushy for the guy.

  9. Carolyn says:

    Again the views are beautiful … but for the life of me I don’t get that kind of remote camping. BUT there are a lot of things I don’t get.

    I have camped by myself in a campground a few times … I kept telling myself ~ I’m okay .. there are no serial killers running away and decided to come this way. OR a a beginner killer … I’d be his first victim … OR a mountain lion or such …

    I would be okay … with the quiet and the gorgeousness of nature until the sun left. then. katy bar the door… sounds. WHAt’s that .. I calm me down and promise the universe that if I lived through the night … I would never do this again … never.

    I thought I didn’t sleep but I woke up so I did and saw gorgeous sunrises and made coffee and smelled that wonderful air and declared… I would do it just one more night.

    But then I didn’t do this often … I lke Panera Bread and little diners and much to my fat cell’s delight … bakeries.

    I guess why I’m writing this essay is to … I know you have the dogs and have boondocked like this for a long time … ask that when it’s pitch black outside .. do you ever get the boogieman thoughts?

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Never! I never think about boogiemen or serial killers or robbers or any of that stuff. Readers of this blog have written that I have angels looking out for me, or that I have “all the luck.” I think it’s because I don’t seek the bad through my thoughts. I’ve lived through very negative times in my life. I’ve learned to let go of fear and I never fret about “what might happen.” Why torment myself with that?

      • earthdancerimages says:

        That is so true Sue, Fear attracts Fear! JOY attracts JOY! I am much more afraid of city living than country boondocking! You are in a very beautiful place, both physically and spiritually. Thanks for sharing that kind of peace with all of us!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          You’re welcome, Geri. Nice comment.

          • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

            Sue, I also have wondered if you ever get afraid being so remote and alone. I’ve wondered how I would feel. But I have also camped alone in very remote areas and was not afraid. My feeling is that I’m much safer out in nature than in a city. The one time I stopped at a place and I got a feeling that the place wasn’t safe, I moved on right away even though I didn’t know of another campsite and ended up staying in a rest area. I found out later that there had been problems at that campsite so I was right to move on. Following your instincts is always right.

            • rvsueandcrew says:

              Here’s the distinction I make: Fear is an instinctive reaction to a perceived threat. Apprehension is an intuitive, uneasy feeling. Since I don’t perceive any threat, I have no fear. I have had episodes of apprehension. I blogged about such an episode when I could not bring myself to drive into Yuma because I intuitively sensed it would not go well. You experienced apprehension at that place you left, not fear. I know my name ain’t Webster, but that’s how I define those words.

              • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

                Actually, that is a great distinction. I’ll have to remember it.

      • Carolyn says:

        well? I kinda pride m’self on not being a fearful person. I don’t entertain fear. What I do … is pay attention to the way I feel about a certain place. I do this when I’m city boondocking or any kind of boondocking or camping – or driving or walking in unfamiliar areas.

        Just a feeling ~ unsolicited ~ because I like it all…. well, not remote camping though. I’m not trying to promote my blog … I don’t do ads or such. BUT this post brought back my sissy wimp post … if you would like to know how us sissy wimp’s fly… ?
        http://amigoingsomeplace.blogspot.com/2012/09/cell-service-pizza-yaaay.html

        I enjoy the solitude until that ~ can’t see in front of yer face ~ night time hits …. ooooooo

        I know several people who only camp the way you do… the fewer the people? the more they like it… and all of them have dogs or a weapon. Neither of which I have. I have a really LOUD whistle … 😉

        So … that’s one reason I read your blog … I don’t understand remote camping … it’s interesting to read someone’s fascination with such… and loving the hell out of it…good stuff

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I read your blog post. You do realize that your fear of the dark is irrational? Half your time on this earth is nighttime. When fear is conquered, darkness is soothing. It gives the visual sense a rest.

          I prefer remote camping because I enjoy the company of myself more than the company of others.

          • Carolyn says:

            well, of course, it’s irrational but it’s there… I love the cozyness of night. very much ~ the gorgeous velvet skies … the dark trees with the trees gently blowing ~ love it. I was a night person period until I had my one and only baby at 42… THEN I became a morning person. I really had never bothered much with sunrises! living a worthless party girl life, I would be just coming in … and well, lookee here … sunrises are gorgeous…

            It isn’t the dark … I love no light and gorgeous star watching … it’s the remoteness in the dark … no cell service ! I truly could not see my hand in front of my face until the one back window … just a bit ~ not THAT dark and remote. Thatsa different kind of dark, to me. I don’t mind my company at all~ I have a grand time by myself, HOWever, I do bore myself at times and need fresh blood.

            Truly, I like it all. But I’m not a remote wilderness type camper. just not. I do know this about myself that if I truly preferred wilderness camping … I would make it work. I like visiting the wilderness which I’ve done many times and well, could give more post addresses. I have conquered a ton of fear/apprehension … beginning with sleeping in my van in a Walmart parking freakin lot… I’ll never forget that first night! holy molyI

    • Carolyn, you are funny. As much as you enjoy the outdoors I am surprised you get scared in the wilderness. I feal like the farther away from city and town you are the less likely that some wierdo will come by. I mean they dont go out in the boonies looking for people. I love being alone camping. In fact, maybe to much so .

      http://sierrasusieq-mylifeinphotography.blogspot.com/

      • Carolyn says:

        haaa Hi Susan … well? I like it all.. you’ve read my blog here and there. surely you know the silly situations/places I’ve gotten myself into… I am most familiar with cities … I understand the dangers … the wilderness? not that familiar and don’t have the desire to learn it well enough to camp there for any length of time.

        I have spent sunup to sundown exploring wilderness areas … got myself into many a pickle on dirt roads and washed out roads and animals and fallen trees and even desert stuff. Desert stuff as forest stuff can be really claustrophobic … you know what I mean?

        I like to know where I’m going to spend the night by evening time … and there were many many times I spent too long at the fair and ended up in some pret ty weird places. I’m a freakin sissy wimp on some stuff. I’ve written how damn near perfect I am but … there are still some areas that might need a little work ~ but NOT in the dark in the wilderness.

        I’d rather be parked on a busy city street in front of a hotel than out in the middle of nowhere … just the way I’m drawn.

        And… its not that THEY go out in the boonies looking for people … it’s kinda like a snake thing… I have invaded this hermit type person’s place and I’ve pissed ’em off and so they’re going to behead me for doing so… yeah

  10. Robert says:

    Hey Sue!
    Natural Bridges Nat.M. is just up the road and when you’re done with desert and dust you’re a hop, skip, and a jump from the pondees in the Colo. Rockies. You could spend a summer between Dolores and Pagosa Springs. If you need any boondock sites I can send you a few ideas.
    Promise, no where near US 550 out of Silverton and the cliffs to nowhere!
    Safe travels, Robert

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi, Robert,

      I’ve heard about that awful road! It must be terrible to have such a reputation.

      I’m not doing the Colorado Rockies this year, but they are on my list. I was looking at Natural Bridges while doing research today.

  11. Chuck says:

    Wish the MotherShip would fit in there. Beautiful site!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Several of the sites in Canyon View are big enough, but there’s no place for a big rig to turn around to get out. All it would take would be a bigger loop at the end. As it is now, the road ends at a tiny loop around and through trees.

  12. Miss Vickie says:

    Oh my —I love your campsite!

  13. Kay says:

    Oh what a site! Bridget on so many pics in one day!

    So much for our nice sunny days. Expecting snow tonight and tommrw, their talking a foot. I can’t believe this.

    Trip to the dentist has made for a miserable night. Going ADVIL hunting.

    Enjoy your peaceful beautiful site.

  14. cinandjules (NY) says:

    What a cozy little spot you’ve found! I feel like I’m repeating myself…because ALL of your sites are wonderful.

    Funny to see Bridget on top of the table. Spike has a bit of a red tinge to his fur. But they both look like they are enjoying life! Bet Spike is getting the urge to soak somewhere. He’ll know when you drag out the canoe.

    Southern Utah is gorgeous. Bryce Canyon, Moab. Natural Bridges. Are we there yet? There is a travel advisory (damage/partial closure)for US 89 south of Page AZ…so heads up.

    Have a wonderful evening.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Yes, as we headed north up 89 there were flashing signs for the detour around the part of the highway that fell away last February. I saw a lot of trucks on the alternate route to Page (Hwy 160) which was a very long detour for those truckers.

      Bridget on the table . . . posed by me, not a natural habit of hers!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      To finally answer the question you asked recently, the PTV is about 17 feet, so technically my rig is longer than 28 feet. See my reply to Karin below. 🙂

  15. crystal says:

    Love that campsite!

  16. Cari in Texas says:

    I can feel the peace and tranquillity all around you and your crew – what a beautiful place to spend time! I laughed at your comment about the rules – my guiding principle is that it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, and it’s only illegal if you get caught. Maybe not the best philosophy, but it works for me 🙂 Enjoy your solitude.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I used to be an excellent rule-follower until I realized the other people were the ones having the fun! Seriously, most of the time I’m a good girl. Putting leashes on the crew changes the mood of the walk… puts a hierarchy into the relationship or something. I know, weird.

  17. Ladybug says:

    It must have a calming effect there, in order to get Bridget into so many pictures!

    I happened to pick up the latest issue of Motorhome Magazine today, and they had an article about Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah (about 20 miles or so from Bryce Canyon Park). According to them, it is not as well-visited as the others in the area (suspect that will change now that the article is out!); might want to check it out.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Utah is an incredible state… National Parks, natural wonders, everywhere! I’m limiting myself to one or two National Parks a year. More than that and I’m overwhelmed with sensory overload.

  18. Florine says:

    Love reading about your life and thanks for sharing. Like Carolyn I wondered about the boogieman and if you were ever afraid. I grew up with my grandmother being afraid of her own shadow and passed some of that on to me. My thing is to dis-engage myself of this fear factor so that I can live my life unafraid. I like your comment, don’t seek the bad through my thoughts. I’m going to have to remember that and thank you for that. Looking forward to reading more…

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Florine! Great to see you appear here . . . It’s my pleasure to share my life and the life of my crew with you.

      Two things I’ve dumped out of my life . . . fear and worry. Wow! Life is beautiful once those bugaboos are thrown away. I wish you the best ridding yourself of the vestiges of grandma’s fears.

  19. katydid says:

    I do so wish I were camping in the wonderful kinds of places you stay. For now I have to be content to be an armchair tourist. Someday soon…

    Thank you for letting me tag along via computer. I look forward to the canyon photos!

    katydid, south of Chicago

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      You’re welcome, Katy. I know how it is to be in the armchair. I’m hoping the wind stops tomorrow so the crew and I can go on a hike and I can take pics of the canyon.

  20. Rita from Phoenix says:

    I think the leash law was intended for crowded places…so why not let Spike & Bridget roam free…there’s no one around but you, the trees, the canyon and maybe other critters. Your camp site reminds me of when I was little we’d camp in a hollow of trees…it broke the wind, cold & heat. We mostly traveled on foot with a couple of pack horses to the camp site but sometimes we used a wagon. Back then the whole place was alive with vegetation of every variety, butterflies, birds and insects. The nuclear test down wind killed everything….flowers are gone, butterflies, and birds all gone. It also killed a lot of animals and people..in the form of cancer. We drink bottle water not bottled in the local area but far away from Navajo rez. In some areas it beautiful but deadly with nuclear waste that have not been cleaned up…I think they are marked but not sure. It’s sad.
    Enough of that….there are beautiful areas where you are headed so enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Every time you recall a part of your past here on this blog I’m intrigued. Camping with pack horses . .. camping in the hollow of trees. . . Quite a childhood memory!

      Yes, Rita, a lot has changed in our lifetimes, both tragic and good.

    • Carolyn says:

      wow, Rita. hollowed out trees with pack horses? the nuclear test? around Phoenix? good lord… have I lived under a boulder?

      Don’t suppose you’ve written down your life somewhere… ?

      • Rita from Phoenix says:

        Carolyn, I am Navajo & grew up part time (mostly summers) on the reservation. Nine months of the year I was away in boarding school far far away from home. Now at the ripe old age of 67 I live in comfort in a small bungalow in Phoenix. BTW, I love your blog. I too am fearful of dark and being alone in wilderness but if I have too I gather up my courage, plan my defense if I have too and then relax.

        • Carolyn says:

          Rita, thanks and what an interesting background you have! and well, now see you’re a seasoned camper and that wilderness dark is scary for you too… it’s soooo dark! yep.. plan my defense.

          Sue is mind boggling to me… I know another woman who loves to camp in the middle of nothing in Colorado …. she even got lost finding her way back to her camp! man? in the dark? not my thang

  21. placestheygo says:

    What a wonderful outdoor room! You certainly out did hit the jackpot with this spot. Glad the crew is so comfortable.

  22. Jerry says:

    Of all the places you have stayed, I think this is my favorite. A must see visit in the future! My wife and I live in Oregon! Sorry it was so rainy and crowded for your visit last summer. We love forests and mountains, but this spot with a view of the canyon is really terrific. And thanks so much for the financial statements each month. We may be able to “hit the road” next summer.
    Jerry

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      No need to apologize for Oregon. We had a wonderful time there. Every day was a delight.

      I appreciate the feedback on my money pages. You’re the first to mention it today. I was starting to wonder if anyone cared about it! I hope those figures help you with your planning.

  23. Lisa says:

    Hi RV Sue… I’m not sure how to reach you “off-blog”, but I have a question about the trainer that is working with Timber. I own a pet-sitting business based in the Surprise area (south of Wickenburg off 60), and one of my clients had a stroke that left her on the floor for two days. Her Jack Russell, Jake, finally got the lever door open and ran for help! It would be absolutely wonderful to find someone that could work with Jake as an assistant for my client, but funds are an issue. Do you think the trainer in Prescott might know someone in Surprise??

    Thanks for your help, I really enjoy reading your posts almost every day!

  24. JC Lewis says:

    Regarding their sign prohibiting anything over 29′, total length, that seems to be an impossible goal for anyone w/ a toad. Could a 27′ C + toad (about 42′ TL) get in there? Would the owners care?
    JC

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      It’s over 28 feet, not 29 feet. I don’t know who would care, except you if you got in here and couldn’t get out. If there are two of you, you could park at the Visitor Center, unhook the toad, and then drive up separately. Reverse the process on the way out. Then you’d be 27 feet and 15 feet.

      I’m not comfortable telling anyone “sure, you won’t have any problem with your rig.” You’re close with 27 feet. I don’t know how wide your rig is and if it would be scratched in the turn-around at the end of the road.

    • Karin Heiser says:

      Good Morning RVSue,
      I’m thinking along the same lines as JC Lewis. Your total length must be approaching 40′ Did you unhook the PTV from the Casita to scout out this road before traveling past the 29′ sign? However you did it it was SO worth the trouble to find this paradise! You are brave!
      P.S. I love your blog! On Saturday I will be traveling to Chilliwack BC to pick up my new to me 17′ Escape trailer with which I hope to rejoin the full-time RV crowd after a 3 year hiatus in Oregon, Your escapades have given me the confidence to get back on the road in a smaller,greener footprint which I hope will suit me as well as it has suited you.
      Thank you for so generously sharing your experiences.
      P.S. #2 This is a bit off topic but I’ve been wondering about your cell coverage when out in the boonies. When you erect your antenna in weak signal areas are you ever able to get a strong enough signal to stream videos?
      Thanks again!
      Karin

      • rvsueandcrew says:

        Good morning, Karin,

        This is SO FUNNY! When I passed the 28-foot limit sign, I never hesitated even though the PTV is about 17 feet long. As a former math teacher, I could’ve done some math. Duh. 17 plus 17 equals 34 feet! I just kept on motoring down the road, confident the PTV can handle any situation! ROFLOL!! No, I didn’t scout around at all. It’s a wonder I’ve made it this far, running around clueless! Hahaha!

        Seriously though. . . There’s a difference between 40 feet of solid motorhome and my set-up which “bends” in the middle. Oh dear, I’m still laughing. My sides ache. “Oh no, you’re too long to come up here!” Meanwhile I drag my 34 feet up and around this campground, oblivious to possible consequences. Oh man. And you read my blog to learn from my experiences?

        Okay, about signal for streaming videos.. . I don’t stream videos as I don’t want to use up my data. I look at youtube once in while. The antenna is great, but I can’t answer your question from experience.

        Congratulations on your new egg-on-wheels! How exciting for you!

  25. libertatemamo says:

    What a TOTAL GEM of a place you’ve found. We looked at that campground on our way up, but sadly couldn’t fit “the beast” in there. Can’t wait to see more pics of the place.
    Nina

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Nina!

      I took the road to Navajo National Monument hoping I’d find an empty site to spend the night. I don’t like driving long distances and the drive from Sunset Crater to here was plenty long enough for me. As you know, the next place to camp is Monument Valley. It was quite a surprise (and a relief) to find a site available here, as well as all the rest of the campground!

  26. Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

    Your second photo looks so idyllic! So peaceful and calm. Just the type of place I would love. Can’t wait to see some of the views around there. Love the peacefulness of this whole post.

    • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

      And P.S. I’m always grateful that you post your finances each month. I do pay attention to them and refer to them a couple times each month. It’s always a good reminder that I could actually do this!

      • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

        P.P.S. Wow, your income from Amazon for the month of February was really good. That also gives me great hope.

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          I’m glad you find my money reports helpful in planning for your own life on the road. I write a summary of what we did that month to go along with it as I feel it makes the figures more relevant for people. Thanks for the feedback, Donna.

          (For the benefit of anyone reading this, I feel I should mention that income from blog ads shouldn’t be a necessary part of financial planning for a vagabond life.)

          • Donna D. (stickhouse in CT) says:

            I agree that income from blog ads should not be counted on. But it’s nice to know there are possibilities for having a little extra for the extras. 🙂

  27. Reine in Plano,TX says:

    Sue, thanks for checking out Navaho National Monument and posting the campground report. That’s one of the places we’re planning to go after we leave the Grand Canyon North Rim and I wondered if the campground was any good. Now I know it is and hope it’s not full in June when we go.

    Now if you’re really accommodating you could go to Natural Bridges and give us an advance report there, and then to Canyonlands Needles area and report back. 🙂 However, since you’re not our personal travel consultant I guess we’ll just have to see for ourselves unless those are really places you WANT to go this year.

    We are soooo looking forward to heading out in our Casita next week. Our kids house sit so we can travel and enjoy.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Reine!

      I’m happy to be of service! I probably will go to Natural Bridges. I’ve read the campground there is quite old and not many sites, but there is an overflow area. Of course, one thing I’ve found many times in life . . . What other people don’t like often suits me fine. 🙂

      You have a great adventure planned. I know you and Paul will have a wonderful time.

  28. Linda in NE says:

    As long as the pups are happy and not getting into trouble, who needs leashes. Rules are meant to be bent, if not broken, is what I always say. Too many rules in this life anyway.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      The crew doesn’t mind the leashes. In fact, they get excited when I bring them out with their black suits attached. The excitement may be from the prospect of me taking them for a walk, instead of staring at the laptop monitor!

      I do know they enjoy being off-leash. Bridget becomes very self-important leading us home, and Spike can lift his leg wherever he so desires. That’s canine happiness in a nutshell!

  29. Terry says:

    Great bunch of pics Sue, such a lovely spot. What is the maximum time that you can stay at your present campsite. If it is say a couple of weeks can you move to another camp site in the same area or do you have to move right out and go else where.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      That’s a question I have, too. I’ll ask at the Visitors’ Center. At BLM and National Forest sites the time limit is usually 14 days in any 28 day period.(You have to move at least 25 miles away.) This is a National Monument. I remember Agua Fria National Monument in central AZ allows free camping for 14 days, but that’s dispersed camping with no facilities or amenities, unlike Canyon View which is a campground.

      I’ll try to remember to report back when I find out.

  30. Kellee says:

    Hi Sue! Thanks for including your financials – they are so helpful in planning! Spike and Bridget look like they are in heaven! Love the picture of Spike in the doorway (I hope it is Spike) – he is such the protector! of the home

  31. Az-Vicki says:

    Ahhh Beautiful…love your out door room, surrounded by the trees. Serenity!

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      I chose this site mainly for that shady spot and protection from wind. The dappled light on the outdoor room adds to the tranquil feel.

  32. mary ann (pontotoc ms) says:

    this wonderful campsite just exudes peace and beauty. i can’t tell if bridget is truly appreciating the view or if she is doing her looking away from the camera thing (maybe both?)!

  33. Shelia says:

    Ahhh, the natural beauty of Bridget on the table. :o) What a beautiful camp site! I so enjoy your blog and remarked to a friend yesterday how I live vicariously through you. And you and your financial reports are so encouraging that I too will be able to do it – one day soon. Counting down the days to retirement. I’m planning on modifying a cargo van so that I can do it financially and also get into all the tight spaces that bigger rigs can’t go. Thanks so much for sharing your life – the good, the bad, the financial, and the encouragement. And I love your crew. I lost both my crew this year but will be rescuing again soon. My female looked a lot like your crew, only she was a puppy mill breeder I rescued and she learned how to urinate by following my male around. So the chubby little girl lifted her leg to pee. Very entertaining. Thanks again.

    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hello, Sheila!

      I can tell from your plan to modify a cargo van that you’ve got what it takes to be successful at vagabonding. You’ve thought about where you want to go and have chosen an appropriate rig to suit how you see yourself living on the road. There are a lot of advantages to a cargo van!

      Last night I was thinking about the topic of worry which came to mind after reading comments here. How does a person get rid of worry? The number one factor is living below your means. In other words, don’t live larger than you can afford and don’t covet stuff. I, like you, want to live within my budget, thus eliminating a major source of worry!

      I am so sorry about the losses you’ve suffered recently. It must be very difficult. Our pups are so precious, and your “chubby little girl” must have been adorable.
      I’m glad my blog allows you to lead “another life” until you can match or exceed mine with your own!

  34. I sure do like that spot for camping. Lots of trees.
    Sue, how many followers do you have ?
    I have been researching what I want to get. RV or tow vehicle and trailer. Was just reading that because of possible sway in trailers, animals are not allowed to ride in the trailer. I have 3 cats. So, back to looking at RV’s and maybe a little motorbike to hook on back .
    My question is , do you notice much sway? Do things get moved around in your trailer?
    I guess I had not thought about it before till I looked it up on rv forums as to travel with cats.

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    • rvsueandcrew says:

      Hi Susan,

      No, I haven’t noticed any sway at all. (I always tow with the sway bar on.) As far as things moving around . . . No matter what rig, you’re going to have to secure loose items. If I were to stay on smooth roads and highways, things wouldn’t move much at all. However, I go on steep grades, uneven, curvy roads that tilt us to the side, and bumpy, rocky roads. I put some things on the floor so they can’t fall.

      I haven’t thought about travel with cats and that they are not “allowed” in the trailer. I’m curious who says they are not allowed. If I were a cat owner, I’d still want my BLT and I’d put the cats in crates in the tow vehicle when moving down the road.

      Re: motorbike… My question would be: Why don’t more RVers have them? I wouldn’t want to ride a motorbike on the gravel/dirt roads I usually camp off of. Just something to consider . ..

      Good luck finding what works best for you!

      • Hi Sue, When I was in my RV it seems that things rarely moved around . I also went off on dirt roads a lot.
        As far as a motorbike. I would most likely just stay put and hike around when I am way off on dirt roads but a motorbike might be nice for when in campgrounds that are near to town or other sights that you can then go to via the motorbike.
        I lived in an rv for 2 years before and since it was only 20 ft. I just kind of drove it like a car. However when I went off the beaten track to places like you are at now, I pretty much stayed till I was tired of the place with no need to drive anywhere. So, it worked for me and I had a bicycle.
        Some of the forums say that it is agianst the law to lv animals in your tow trailer in some states. I need to further research this . Am still planning to go fulltime but maybe not for another year. So, am in the thought process right now of what will work best for me and my crew ( 1 dog and 3 cats). Also, in my thought process is how to make some money on the road. I realize you have to have LOTs of followers to make money off Amazon like you are doing. That is great that you can do that!

        • I meant it is against the law to leave them in trailor while driving !!

        • rvsueandcrew says:

          The reason I have to put things on the floor is this: One side of the BLT is storage drawers, two drawers high. They just sit on the fiberglass channel that runs along the side of the aisle. I could have them securely mounted, but I like being able to rearrange them and also to remove them for cleaning. If I had left the BLT in its twin bed configuration, I would hardly have to secure anything, just the obvious like windows and put dishes away.

          You camped a lot like I do… Find an interesting, pretty spot and stay put, except for exploring on foot. Before I hit the road I wondered if I would miss a 4WD. I don’t. Bouncing around on back roads doesn’t appeal to me. Storage space in the PTV is much more important.

  35. DesertHawk says:

    Wow! What a Great Looking Campsite! All to yourself, very Relaxing for sure.

  36. AZDonna says:

    Hi Sue, I came upon your blog a couple of months ago and read every entry from the beginning. I have just caught up current. I’ve really been encouraged with how easy you make it seem to get out there on your own and full time RV. I grew up in a camping family, and have two brothers who full time. I’ve always longed to do the same, but after becoming single several years ago, thought it was a fizzled dream. Now, from reading your blog and those of other solo women, I think to myself, “if they can do it, so can I!”

    I have visited 49 of the 50 states in my lifetime plus Mexico and Canada, but I’ve always lived in southern Arizona. So your desert camp sites, though familiar, don’t attract me as much. I’d rather go explore your home state of Georgia, or Washington, or Maine again. And doesn’t that make perfect sense? We SHOULD all go someplace new, and expand our horizons beyond the places we have lived.

    I have 4 years to get ready, but I’m already dreaming of my Casita. And then… OH, the places I will go and sights I will see!!

    Donna
    P.S. Can you guess which state I have not visited? Alaska? Nope. Hawaii? No. It’s Minnesota! And some day, I will make it up there to complete my 50. 🙂

  37. Terry D. says:

    Hello Sue – have been following your adventures a long time now. I have a question about your wifi antenna – – would you get a stronger signal by going up 20 or 30 feet? Just curious.

  38. Sue says:

    The pictures you have taken for this post are so beautiful and relaxing. They are just where I’d want to be. Sometimes I wish for that type of life. Today was one of those days.

  39. Marcia GB says:

    The beautiful energy of this place shines through in your pictures. No wonder you feel at peace. You walk lightly on the land and the spirits of the place are happy with you. I know that sounds a little woohoo but I have felt that in several places we’ve been.

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