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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, August 18, 2019

RIP Judy, I love you very much.

  I am not sure if anyone reads this anymore but I thought I would let anyone who does come across this that my mom passed away yesterday August 17, 2019.  I hoped this day would never happen.  I loved my mom sooo much and I hope that when I retire I keep the tradition of traveling the US as she did and her mom before.  Emma, her dog, came to live with my wife and me two years ago.  Emma is still around and full of energy.  In the summer of 2018, the traveling bug bit my mom and she traveled in a small rig from southern California up to visit me and my brother in MN and my sister in Indiana.  This past winter she sold the rig and bought a car.  She was finally done with traveling.  Early tomorrow morning I fly to go to where she lived in southern California to tie up loose ends.  I may make another post or 2 when I have more to say or maybe, one day, I will use this as my blog when I travel.  My wife and I are going to drive her car back to MN at the end of the week and plan on visiting Zion National Park.  We wanted to stop at a place she has been as we travel back home.  My brother, sister and I hope to take her ashes to one of the parks she volunteered at next year and throw them in the wind.  That is what she wanted.  I remember when I showed her how she could do a blog and we got so excited every time we saw a new subscriber.   I know she had the pleasure to meet a few of you and that really made her day.  Thank you all for following her blog through the years.  I know she liked to finish a post with the butt of some animal and say "The End", butt, pun intended, I thought this would be a better one.  I love you mom!



68 comments:

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I had the pleasure of meeting her somewhere in Indiana and was so happy our paths finally crossed. i often think of her and would like to convey to her family that she was much loved as a blogger, and also as a friend.

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  2. Enjoyed her blog. Sorry to hear of her passing. RIP Judy

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  3. I am so sad to hear this. She was one of my blogger friends. My late husband and I went on one of her bird tours where she volunteered. I also use to play Words with friends with her. I’m sorry for you and your family’s loss.

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  4. so very sorry for your loss . Judy was a wonderful person and a talented blogger

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  5. Awww, Judy. You will be missed for sure. I really liked her bird knowledge. RIP Judy.

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  6. Judy's blog was a favorite to many of we fellow RV Bloggers and many of us commented back and forth with Judy for a number of years. My wife and I happily met Judy at Quartzsite's first Bloggerfest in 2015. Known fondly as 'The Bird Lady Of Blogland' we will always remember her. So sad to read of her passing this morning. (Al and The Bayfield Bunch)

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  7. I so enjoyed reading Judy's posts and was hoping that even after she 'hung up her keys' she would update from time to time. But she never did. I am truly sorry to hear about her passing. Sincere condolences to her family. I'm glad that Emma has a good home with you, she so loved that girl.

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  8. So sorry to read of your mom's passing. We had the pleasure of meeting her a number of times, sharing a meal, and laughing about Emma. She once gave my wife and I a personal early morning tour of the Sandhill Crane refuge on the coast of Mississippi. Judy enjoyed her volunteer life on the road, and shared that enjoyment with everyone she met.

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  9. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I always enjoyed reading about her travels and her adventures with Emma.

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  10. I am so, so sorry to hear about Judy's death. I loved her blogs and missed them when she stopped writing. I took Judy across the border into Mexico one time to see about getting dental work--I enjoyed meeting her! My sister in Arkansas went to meet her once while Judy was camped in Arkansas. She was a special lady and we could all depend on her to help us identify those birds.

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  11. I am so very sorry to read this. We here in blog land loved your mom and her beautiful blog. I met Judy a couple of times and she was as wonderful as her blog introduced us to her. Hugs to you and safe travels.

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  12. So sorry to hear that Ms Judy has died. Her's was one of the best blogs ever.
    Ann in Arkansas

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  13. Such sad news. I loved Judy's blog & learned so much about birds,travel,and the National Wildlife Refuges. My deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful mother. Thanks for the update & glad Emma is with you. Peace.🌷

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of Judy's passing. I always enjoyed her blog posts so much. I never met her in person but her personality sure came through in her writing. Sincere condolences to you and your family.

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  15. I am so sorry to hear this. I missed her very interesting writing very much when she stopped her Blog. I often wondered what she might be doing. Her knowledge of birds was astounding. Rest In Peace, Judy.

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  16. Thank you for letting us know. I missed her writing, she had so many RVing friends she had never met. I was one.

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  17. I was a bit sad to see your mom hang up her keys, but really I was sad for myself (I had passed mine off long before she did). I met Judy in Texas, where she took me around to see beautiful places (and to get more of her outstanding photos with that big telephoto lens she had on her camera).

    Thank you for letting Judy's friends know. She was one of the first blog writers I found, and one of the first I met when I got on the road. xoxo Judy.

    I have kept this blog on my blog as "old but good." I will be happy to move it to active status, should you decide to use it. Best of luck.

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  18. Judy's blog was one of my favorites. I never met her in person but knew I could always count on her to identify any mysterious bird anyone posted. Thank you for letting us know of her passing.

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  19. I've thought of your sweet mother over there last few years. She was my go to authority when I needed to know a bird species. Husband and I doing some volunteering with a group from the United Methodist church called Nomads down in Mississippi. She took our entire group on a tour of Sand Hill Crane NWR where she was volunteering. So much appreciated. She is missed.

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  20. I am so very sorry for your loss - and for the rest of us who enjoyed "traveling" with your mom. What an amazing woman she was - so strong and capable, setting the bar high while showing us that we can all do more than we think we can. She had seen more of my state of Oregon than I have! And she was a true ambassador for wildlife and the NWR systems and state/national parks, too. Looking forward to when you are able to start traveling and take up the torch for her!!!

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  21. Your Mom was the best, I enjoyed her writing so much. I'm so sorry she's gone. Her volunteer work was legendary. All the best to you and your family.

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  22. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. I followed her blog until she stopped writing. We did have a few short converstions also via email, but we never connected on the road. I so admired her spirit and passion for wildlife.

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  23. We are sorry to read about the loss of your Mother who we were fortunate enough to meet last December. We had followed her for a number of years as she went from one park to another volunteering. Her love of the wildlife but especially her keen eye for our avian friends will never be matched. We are certain that she will be cheering you on to follow in her footsteps.
    Be Safe and Enjoy the freedom of the lifestyle.

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  24. Thank you for letting us know Judy has made her final journey. She was a wonderful person and a great blogger. She will indeed be missed.

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  25. Thank you for letting us know. Your Mom was one of a kind and I was sad when she stopped blogging. I'm so sorry for your loss.I glad Emma is doing well and has a good home. I think it's a great idea to start up her blog again for your travels.

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  26. Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. We volunteered with her a couple of years at the MS Sandhill Crane NWR. The little lady with Emma, the big rig, and wonderful camera skills is still part of the refuge lore!

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  27. So very sorry for your loss. Her blog was always so informative and such a joy to read. One just knew from her writing that she was a wonderful, loving, caring woman.

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  28. Oh, this made my heart sink... She was so kind. I drove down to meet here when she was at a NWR near Klamath Falls. Can't remember the name... She made the best grilled chicken for lunch. Got to meet Emma. This is very sad news indeed... Take Care and God Bless

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  29. Thanks for letting us know Dan. We had the pleasure of meeting Judy and Emma a couple of times over the years. Her knowledge of birds was exceptional!

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  30. I am so sorry for your loss. I followed her blog for years and enjoyed her humor and skilled photography. She will be sadly missed.

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  31. So sorry to hear this news, but thank you so much for letting us know. I was just thinking of Judy the other day. What a loss for the blogging world and for your family and her other friends.

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  32. Sorry for your loss , Vern in Boise Id

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  33. Oh, I feel like the rug has just been pulled out from under me! So surprised and upset to read this.
    I LOVED Judy, the Bird Lady, too. Followed her for years. Remember many of her adventures. Her son who was always there to help her with computer issues. Grand kids visiting with their mom. Flat Stanley. Pine needle baskets. A problem with windshield wipers on her RV. The dog ate a treasure. I'm sure I'll think of many more. Was some sad when Judy stopped blogging, even though she seemed to be happy about not driving the big rig any more. One day Tioga George posted pictures of her home in its site at Jojoba Hills. Fun to see where she was. Your mom was a genuine treasure. She shared her life so willingly with us. She loved her family very much. For you, hugs and shared tears. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. Please do post again. Judy lives through you. You do her proud.

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  34. I'm so sorry to read of the passing of your sweet Mother. I loved reading her blog and all the fabulous photos she posted of birds and other wildlife. May Judy RIP. I would love to see you carry on her blog when you can.

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  35. Like most blogger folk we enjoyed your Mom's travels and had the pleasure of joining her at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge back on December 18, 2010, when she so graciously found us a spot in her volunteer camp as we headed west. We said then we would cross her trail again and although that never came to pass we did follow along on her adventures. Once you hit the road we will be watching to cross that trail with you.

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  36. Thank you so much for reaching out to all of us !
    My sincere thoughts and condolences to your family on your Mother’s passing......I also include Judy’s brother ……
    What a wonderful life Judy had...... She and Emma enjoyed their travels...... Her volunteering was such a special part of her retirement........ Her knowledge on birding was shared from border to border.......and we all sure depended on her expertise....... Judy knew how to share in such a special way......
    Rest In Peace friend ........ you were special !

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  37. So sorry to here of here passing, I remember when she hung up the keys and have missed her posting and interaction. We never did cross paths I was hoping some day soon as we head that way this fall.

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  38. Deepest condolences to you and your family, I really appreciated the opportunity to be a armchair traveler with her.

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  39. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of our sweet friend Judy!! We followed each other’s blogs for many years and had the pleasure of spending the day with Judy at Callaway Gardens several years ago. She was such a delight!! She will be so missed by so many!! Prayers for her sweet family at this time!!! Thank you for sharing this incredible “Bird Lady of Blogland” with us for so many years!! RIP Judy we love you!!

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  40. Judy was one of a kind. Mo and I so loved the times she shared with us. We spent time with her at Anahuac, where she showed me my first spoon bill. She took us on private tours and we camped with her at Imperial, walked with her through Thousand Palms, ate many great meals with her. She visited us at our home in Rocky Point, and we traveled to Okeefenokee because of this blog. Our hearts are hurting. We love you Judy.

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  41. I am grateful to Judy's son for giving us a way to pay tribute to Judy.

    Like many, Judy's blog was one of the first I started following when I began my own journey as a solo full time RVer. It was always validation that other solo women had made a safe and successful life on the road before me.

    On one of my trips up the Oregon Coast, I stopped to meet Judy in person for the first time. She was on duty with a scope trained on a massive colony of sea birds, on which she educated me to their nesting and migratory habits.

    Once Judy moved to Jojoba Hills, I always enjoyed stopping by to say hello to her, having a chat at the picnic table while Emma's giant tail thumped my feet in the shade. One time I was there right after she had begun her air rifle shooting hobby at the gun range, and we shared a lot of laughs.

    It saddens me to think that I won't be able to go looking for Judy next time I visit Jojoba Hills. But I am grateful for the update from her loving family ...and Emma.

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  42. So sorry to hear this. Loved her blog! She sure had a long full life. My sympathies to y’all.

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  43. So so sorry to hear of Judy’s passing. She was a special lady. Our Christmas lunch with her in Okeefenokee will always be a favored memory. RIP Judy.

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  44. Sorry to hear this. Loved her blog and her adventures. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.

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  45. I'm so sorry for your loss. I have followed the blog and enjoyed it.

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  46. Thank you for letting us know about Judy...she is missed. I will think of her on my bird outing, and know that she was one of the ones forging the way for the rest of us. RIP Ms Judy.

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  47. Good By Judy. May your spirit wander freely with great joy. You were an inspiration to me in many ways. Loved you!

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  48. We never actually met Judy but "knew" her through her blogs and her commenting on our blog. We compared notes on various USFWS volunteer gigs and just generally kept up with each other. Thank you for this touching tribute.

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  49. The blogging world will truly miss such a beautiful lady with colorful images of birds and animals as she made her way back and forth across the country. We were fortunate to finally meet up face-to-face after years of being blogging buddies. It was such a good visit and I'm glad that she was still able to travel around in the smaller RV for a while. I am sure she is up in heaven, waiting for the day Emma joins her, and volunteering with God's birds, and taking pictures of "The End".

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  50. Thank you for letting us know about Judy. I enjoyed her adventures via her blog through the years and learned a lot from her.

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  51. A very fun lady, especially her adventures.....
    Take Care,
    David

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  52. I'm so very sorry about your mom. I hope you will find peace in your memories. I found your moms blog early on in our motor home adventure. I still kept her blog on my list hoping that she would reappear and keep me posted on her travels and of course Emma. I hope you find comfort in knowing many people will miss her even though we have never met!

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  53. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your loss with us all in Bloggerland. Judy was a most unique lady. She will be missed by many. If you can please update us every now and then. Hugs to you and your family and a special pat for Emma.

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  54. I have written a blog post in honor of Judy. I wanted you, her family, to know that the photos of Judy on that blog post are available to you, either by clicking them and going to smugmug where you can download the ones you can see, and others that are in the gallery if you wish. I know there were lots of photos of Judy's birds, but not often photos of her. I am again so sorry for your loss.http://mohotravels.blogspot.com/2019/08/a-tribute-to-judy-bird-lady-of-blogland.html

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  56. I'm parked where our adventures first begin!!!! I'm going to miss her!!!!

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  57. So sad to hear of Judy's passing. I can count myself as one who enjoyed her blog posts and her knowledge of birds. Hugs and prayers to your family as you grieve.

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  58. I am so sorry to hear the news about Judy. Her blog and her travels inspired so many others. She had such a zest for life. Her stories and her photos were a joy to see. Thank you for letting all her blogging friends and admirers know.

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  59. Sorry to hear of your loss. We met your mom when she was volunteering somewhere around Detroit Lakes MN. We miss her wonderful blogs. Hugs to you and your family.

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  60. I'm so sorry to hear this. Your mom was very special to us at Anahuac NWR. She volunteered here a few years and even got Emma here. She was a special, smart, fun lady and awesome volunteer. I was sad that she stopped volunteering here but continued to read her awesome blog. We still use her fabulous photos on things and think about her all the time. I'm truly sorry and pray for comfort for her friends and family. She will be missed and remembered.

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  61. RIP Judy your blog gave me so much joy
    and I learned much from you...

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  62. RIP Judy. Hers was one of the first blogs I read when we started fulltiming 10 years ago. Her wit is what I will remember most from her postings. Glad Emma has found a great home.

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  63. I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I enjoyed reading her blog and learning so much from her about birds and traveling. We met her several years ago at a wildlife refuge she was working at in Texas, where she was kind enough to give us a tour.

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  64. I am sorry for your loss.. What an adventurous woman, you mother was. I have not been to blogger for a long time but I am glad I did so today. May you find comfort from the love and care of those of us that came to know about her through her blog.

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