Join me as I have my morning coffee and then enjoy a walk along a creek near my boondocking camp in the National Forest of Sedona, AZ!
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Dear Concerned Viewers:
CAPONE WAS NOT IN DANGER OF JUMPING INTO THAT RIVER!!!!
I love Capone. He's my best friend and traveling companion, I would never do anything to put in him harm's way. Many of you have expressed concern that I was encouraging him to swim into the strong current of the river.
Here is the reality you aren't aware of:
#1. I love my dog and wouldn't do anything to hurt him.. I mean come on, really??
#2) Capone is 12, not an energetic boisterous puppy.. 10 years ago, I would not have even joked about swimming in that river, but I knew, there was no way in hell he was going to go swimming.
#3) He was wading in a very calm and still pool and as someone who has lived with him 24/7 for the last TWELVE years, I knew that was as far as he'd go. Like I said in the video TWICE: CAPONE DOESN'T SWIM ANYMORE!!!
#4) He's nearly deaf, so even if he was inclined to jump in just to "obey" me, he couldn't even hear me - especially over the rushing river.
#5) Give both me, and Capone, a little credit; neither one of us wants anything bad to happen to him. His instincts wouldn't put in in harms way - and neither would mine. Seriously....
thank you for your concern,
I find it amusing that people think a dog is just going to jump in and drown itself. Perhaps they've never owned dogs.
And even if he did, at least he died doing something fun instead of sitting in a chair wasting away criticizing people.
My pups would have flopped down in that eddy in a heartbeat, and I would not have worried. I actually had to go back and watch the video again to see what all the fuss was about. I was a whitewater guide in another life - trust your instincts.
Next time try driving up The Apachie Trail from south to the Tonto National Forest ! Some of the largest Pine trees I've ever seen !!! Five of us couldn't reach around the trunks finger tip to finger tip !!!!!!!!
I found a girl on YouTube saying government is trying to make full time RV living illegal. says its listed on regulations. gov. I know nothing about these things but it could affect you and many others.
SJ - some cities and towns have tried to pass legislation that would, in effect make it illegal. I believe that's unconstitutional and would be challenged all the way to the Supreme Court. We can't tell people how to live and what they may or may not live in..
You're right about Sedona being crowded. Less than 25 miles away is Cottonwood, which is much more friendly and less crowded, too. Just northwest of there is Clarkdale. Just go up South Broadway about 4 miles and you're there. It's really nice up here, and much easier to collect your thoughts and enjoy your coffee in peace, but in Sedona, there's a restaurant called *The Coffee Pot* It's a pretty nice place, and pretty crowded, too most of the time. But their food is good, in my opinion. Anyway, for what it's worth. Welcome.
Wow! Sedona is an awesome place!!! So, do you ever just want to pull into an RV park and set up a more permanent location for yourself? I think that the having to find new places to park all of the time, would be the hardest part of this.....and no, the dog's got "dog sense"! Not worried about him!
Julia, that's a great questions. I do stay stay at campgrounds or RV parks once in a great while when I'm tired of trying to find a place, or simply can't find a place. but I''ll just stay a night or two and get my bearings. I don't like rules.. or crowds.. Capone has to be on a leash, etc. I like the adventure of scouting and moving for the most part. And I do try to find one spot to call home for at lest a week, unless I'm in between destinations or have business to take care of in a town.. thanks for the question.
I was wondering-could no trespassing signs be placed, also, by the people in the homes that have purchased much of the surrounding land? It would make sense that if they owned more than just the lot that their house was on, they would want to post signs to the effect that the surrounding acreage was privately owned and paid for. Just a thought.
Nancy, i can related to you... a lot. You never know what the future holds and as I always say, "when the time is right to make a change, you will. IN the meantime, it's all part of the process to get you there." good luck my friend.
Carolyn your are a very brave lady to be travelling all alone I wish I could be like you...regarding all the idiots who were concern about your friend Capone , they should be worried about the 14 million Africans who have nothing to eat and thousands of them dying every day....Carolyn you enjoy your life regardless of what bubble head's in america totally and utterly stupid notes says about your four legged friend...your dog has more brain cells in his brain than so many of those people who writes idiotic notes to you..you keep it up as long as you are happy...
Awesome scenery in Sedona! Take this as friendly advice (promise I'll only "harass" you once), but I notice you are very fair complected. Living in the Wasatch Mountain range in Utah, just two years ago I was diagnosed with Melanoma. Thank goodness they removed it before it was was problematic, so I just wanted to stress that you need to consider (if not already) investing in a heavy-duty sun screen product since you're outdoors so much. My recommendation is Blue Lizard products ($$ but worth it). Anyhow, safe travels and keep the videos coming!
ahhh Sedona is one of the places I will saver on my "A YEAR RVing AMERICA" tour,(its a test to see if I become a full timer),,,,,I may have posted this but right next door in New Mex you can stay in any State Park(14 days at a time) for $225 a year....I might give that a try.....its exciting......BTW your pics of SEDONA are breathtaking !
Interesting that some people appointed themselves as the police of this video, rather than asking if that was the intention of the host. I train dogs - I know it was happy talk to a dog about something he loved to do, not someone endangering a loved pet. Watch the other videos. Dont assume the worst - and apologize if you were mistaken. I really enjoy the vids, Carolyn.
Hi Carolyn. In which order do you travel to stay comfortable between the weather conditions ....1. Example...durning the winter months.... Which states should I visit to get away from the cold... Yes, I know Arizona... But, where else do you usually go?2. Which is the best state to travel to...in order... Not to be very uncomfortable.. From the heat?
Carolyn, if your still in the Sedona, cottonwood area, right before you get into cottonwood on 260 there is places to camp. if you turn onto the road that goes to thousand trails, you can free camp all up in there. same on opposite side of road. also, if you head out by sycamore Creek, there's a lot of nice places out there. I lived in cottonwood for awhile. if you want to contact me about info. you can call me at 520-238-1186. thanks
Good video, beautiful place. I think a lot of people were like me when watching this video. I didn't realize that, Capone, can't hear very well. He also looked like he really wanted to get in. Then when I saw the words, he doesn't swim anymore, I was like okay. He is your fur baby and you know him better than anyone else. Safe travels!
Yes, I've noticed certain individuals cannot detect or understand sarcasm at times, just I'm sure there are many concepts that tend to go over my head as well. Being rt 89a, am I guessing that was the Verde river? If so, I kayaked it many times in the early 70's, very gentle rapids free river for beginner kayakers. Even if she was younger and wanted to swim Capone would of been fine.
It was nice to see some refreshing scenery. I've been wondering about all the barren landscapes I've been watching in youtube videos. Is the desert a popular hangout for full time rv'ers? Or is that just in the winter months?
I follow many YouTube channels of other nomads like yourself and it seems there are soooo many more out there now. I hope it doesn't get so bad with so many doing it because of the free BLM land that they start changing rules and charging fees. I couldn't get over how crowded it was in Quartzite and seeing so many at craggy wash in Havasu. I live in San Diego, CA and we are inundated with rules and can't camp anywhere without huge fees. So unfriendly to those living in RVs or vans.
It's great how you can be so playful with your Pet Dog! I am sure he enjoys the banter even if he doesn't hear much. Some people just have to criticize and make assumptions about everything. You know what you are doing. Throw it off your shoulder and move on to all the wonderful things you are doing for Capone, yourself and your RV Friends. I can't wait to get back to this area and hear the river for myself! God Bless!
Thank you Techgo!! Yes, "playful banter" with my pup.. he knows the difference between that and a command.. we've been together a long time!
thanks for the understanding and kind comment. It means a lot! <3
its always crowded there Carolyn.. nothing has changed there in these years.. its so beautiful there and a lot of travellers ... the rocks are gorgeous and there are some lovely trails... Its one of my fav places .. and north of Flag too.. enjoy..
You should have stayed around Prescott. Tons of camping around there. Between Prescott and Prescott Valley there's a turnoff for Linx Lake. A beautiful lake in the pines. Great hiking. Still a short drive to Prescott's whiskey row and local shopping area. Very fun town with interesting places to visit. A party town on the weekends. Sedonna is a nice place to visit but very tourist/artsey and money oriented. the rich from Phoenix have "get away homes there. there used to be camping along the road following Oak Creek Canyon between there and Prescott. It's a very nice drive too. Check out some ghost towns and mines around there. Go back to Prescott along Oak Creek. Linx Lake! Camp in the cool pines!
Are you going to Jerome? Very interesting old small mining town, but up a big hill and has narrow streets. I saw RVs when we went so I know it's doable. Very much as it was 150 years? ago. The town has preserved its history pretty well. Fascinating to learn the mining history of Arizona. The town was made up predominately of miners and prostitutes. Most pretty much "owned" by the mining company. The old hospital is said to be haunted, as are other places there. Still some burros that live wild around the town. If you like that stuff, it's pretty cool.
Chris, I'm proud to be grouped with the two biggest inspirations to me getting here! I am constantly striving to improve my work, I know my production can get better.. thank you for being here as I learn and grow!! <3
I must say my top 3 youtube channels are Carolyn, Bob and Eric.
I think it is the production quality as most other channels give me motion sickness to watch. Thank you Carolyn for Great production !!!! and I can relate being a 53 year old woman. Hoping to get my RV this month. :)
I live in the Phx area... we dry camp back in Stoneman Lake. It's basically across from Sedona as a bird flys. North of the Sedona exit off of I-17 is an exit for Stoneman Lake. It'll be a little winding road until you hit a dirt road. At the T in the road you'll find campsites either direction. It's wooded and quiet back there. No services of any kind and you can camp for 14 days. Your friend Bob has a beautiful camp area toward A Mountain up toward Flagstaff... I can't remember the coordinates but I'm sure he'd be happy to provide them! If you don't know about it already... Sedona is very touristy for clear reasons... you can find camping but only in pay to stay. Prescott is much the same... north of Sedona on 89-A toward Flagstaff is a small dry camp area too... have fun.
Went on an ADV dual sport motorcycle trip a couple of years ago and ended up rough camping above Silverton CO North of 10K next to a roaring creek. Froze my ass off but the sound of that creek was wonderful. Heavy frost last week of June there. Passed through Sedona back in 2010 and found it taken over by rich Cali libtard expats. As time passes you might consider moving North to Flagstaff. Theres plenty of NF land to camp on and some interesting native cliff dwellings to see.
Watch out on the camera equipment - it gets addictive ;) You look sunburnt, owie. The place you are in now is my kind of territory - love trees & water. Such fresh smells. My dogs run away from water! There must be monsters in water? Oh well. As a kid, I thought gators lived under my bed....my poor dogs. They get looney tunes for their Mom!
You are actually in an area with so much open areas you are allow to camp. We do it all the time. We ride our can ams for 50 square miles around there. you just don't know where to go. Sedona itself ... no way .. There are open dirt roads with camping all along the way from payson to heber and it's all open forest land..
I've lived in Sedona since 1977, it has changed so much. It was almost all dirt roads when I moved here now places where I use to hike are all developed land. It's a shame what happened to Sedona but still one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. I wish you showed more of the red rocks we have, along the highway to Uptown. It is a super place to visit but it is, unfortunately, a tourist town, now. Drive through and hike the red rocks...but camp outside of town towards highway 17. Lots of free camping at Verde Valley about 15 minutes from Sedona.
👍Girl!! Be still my heart!!! I miss Sedona. It's one my most favorite places on earth. I usually go once a year & I didn't go last year. Wait until you hike the canyons, big rocks & experience the vortexes!!! Based on the sayings of the Native Americans, Sedona was never supposed be a place where people stay & live (inhabit). It's supposed to be a place of healing. A place where you come, get what you need and leave (from a spiritual, non physical perspective). When I am there I always feel euphoric, more energetic, happy and peaceful. I feel that I can do anything, conquer anything and nothing is too challenging or impossible. When I leave, I'm always renewed and blessed. Sadly, it has really changed since 1998 when I first visited (all of the traffic & people). Nevertheless, I will love hear what your experience will be. Enjoy. Relish the moments. 🤗💞🤗
Thanks, Carolynn. I would love to sit and have a morning coffee with you! Summer is definitely coming, yay!!! Spring break for us Canucks, lots of travellers hitting the campgrounds your way as well, perhaps? Lovely surroundings... Yes, poor, poor you! :-). Stay safe, stay happy, stay free....<3
Sedona is a special place and Flagstaf too. I vacationed there evry year for 12 years. Now I am on the Big Island and haven't been off it for 16 years. The new monopod and or tripad make a difference I can see the change. Thanks for showing Sedona.
Sedona is magical away from the crowds. I am envious and enjoying every minute of your videos! Just weathered our second blizzard here in a month and I am longing to be in the Southwest. Views of the Sedona area are just what the nurse practitioner ordered.
I wondered where some of the winter desert dwellers would go when it starts to get too hot! A van dweller named Weston (young lad, long hair) loves that area for winter. The river front scenery you showed was very nice!
Poor you, eh. I should be so lucky. :) Be happy, be free, be kind. Well, at least I'm kind. I'm stuck here until the last 1/3 of my pension comes. Until then, I'll watch you, my friend, and dream.
You should move up to the Flagstaff area. A lot of government land and less people. Don't blame people who have money. Most work hard all their life and want to preserve their investment. A lot of low life's leave trash, spoil the land, and make noise.