GETTING THERE.

October 25, 2014

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Thursday, we went to the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital for Jim’s post-op exam on his right eye and a pre-op exam and scheduling for his left eye surgery. It was our third 141 mile trip (one-way) to the hospital and we finally figured the best way of getting there. With the hospital’s cooperation we were able to leave at 9:30 and miss the horrendous morning traffic, spend the night, get up for early appointments, and leave mid-day and avoid the end of day work traffic. What a difference that made.

I managed to get in about 3 hours of reading and tootled around the hospital and took pictures of artwork and talked to people. We met Bobby Brown, the “muffler man”, again, and spent the dinner hour with him. He is a very interesting guy; chock full of life’s stories.

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Artwork and collections take away the antiseptic appearance of the hospital. This boot quilt pattern is always a fun one to do.

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Children’s bonnets from an Asian country, colorful and bright and cheerful. Much needed elements in a hospital.

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Small musical instruments.

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In one office, I talked to a worker who collects little mouse objects.

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They were really cute. Working people spend most of their day on the job. Personalizing workspace is an accepted practice everywhere you go these days. I hail that practice.

On the way home, we stopped at the Golden Corral Restaurant in Tracy where Jim and I met six years ago. The food got better since our first visit, I’m glad to report.

Back to Murphys and my endless tasks. I’ve been talking about going to Australia and today, I’m going to seriously look at some tours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled December 1st.

Two days ago Mary drove us in her rental car (her Prius is in the body shop being repaired) the 141 miles to the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California for my cataract surgery post-op and pre-op purposes. We departed at 9:30 AM and after a three-hour drive into the traffic congested area…we arrived safely.

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We spent the night at a place called the Defenders Lodge which is made available to vets who live more than 50 miles or a two-hour drive from the hospital. Instead of a horrible drive in morning rush-hour traffic, we arrived fresh for my 9:30 AM appointment.

Dr. Suzann Pershing performed her functions flawlessly…

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The first function was a post-op observation of the surgery performed on my right eye on October 9th. She pronounced everything in great condition. I went into surgery with 20/200 vision. After the operation I was 20/50 and yesterday I was 20/25.

The pre-op exam on my left eye now scheduled for surgery on November 6th revealed it is now at 20/100, up from 20/80 only two weeks ago. Time to take the next action soon.

There was no pain associated with the first operation. She offered either both near and distance lens to be installed in my eyes. She said most choose distance…which I did. So, I can clearly see distances and will now be able to drive without glasses. Colors appear much brighter. I will still have to wear reading glasses, but I knew that going into this operation. The only pain (in the butt) associated with the entire process is the amount of eye drops required both prior to and after the operation. In reality a small price to pay to have good vision for another 75 years!  :)

What’s next? On November 6th we’ll return to Palo Alto for the surgery on my left eye. Once again we’ll spend the night in the Defenders Lodge, have an exam the next morning, then return to Mary’s Home.

Dr. Pershing indicates I should have no problem making my planned December 1st departure before it gets too cold here…providing there are no complications with the next surgery. I’m confident about her abilities and am looking forward to getting back on the road once again.

Online I read that the VA does about 50,000 cataract surgeries a year…about 1,000 a week. Also online I read that about 3,000,000 cataract surgeries are performed in the United States annually. Being an ex-engineer, I broke that down to 60,000 a week and 12,000 a day. Simply amazing!

You can read all about cataract surgery by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cataract_surgery

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with a chance of showers and 68 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

MU

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

This morning, I bring Karen to the hospital for her surgery early in the morning. Then take Jim to his post-op appointment at Palo Alto Veterans Hospital. Karen’s friend Tom will pick her up and bring her home. 

Jim and I return tomorrow. I’ve been diligently watering and packing stuff off to my storage unit. Fall is definitely here with nights getting down to 43 and 44 degrees. But, no rain in the forecast.

I have a new internet service called Uverse. It is supposed to be much faster than DSL. I don’t think it is super fast, but the data you can transfer is huge and  it does play video’s which my old system often could or would not.

It seems all we do is TALK about the weather and wish it were better. I got this Weather Trivia in an email from Ron Heinsma and I don’t know its origin. Hope you find it amusing.

Weather Trivia.

 

10 cities with
Least weather variety

Based on temperature variation, precipitation, wind, severe weather
  1. San Francisco, California
  2. San Diego, California
  3. Los Angeles, California
  4. Santa Barbara, California
  5. Eureka, California
  6. Long Beach, California
  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
  8. Santa Maria, California
  9. San Luis Obispo, California
  10. Kahului, Hawaii
Top 10 hail prone cities
Based on frequency and severity of hail
  1. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  2. Amarillo, Texas
  3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  4. Wichita, Kansas
  5. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
  6. Arlington, Texas
  7. Denver, Colorado
  8. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  9. Shreveport, Louisiana
  10. Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas
Top 10 Tropical storm / Hurricane prone cities
Average # of years with no storm. Totals based on data from 1871- 2007, hitting within 60 miles of the city
  1. Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
2.49
  1. Delray Beach, Florida
2.54
  1. Hollywood, Florida
2.58
  1. Deerfield Beach, Florida
2.58
  1. Boca Raton, Florida
2.58
  1. Florida City, Florida
2.63
  1. Grand Isle, Louisiana
2.63
  1. Ft. Pierce, Florida
2.69
  1. Miami, Florida
2.69
  1. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2.69
Top 10 Tornado states
Avg number of tornadoes per 10,000 square
Miles, occurring from 1953-2004
  1. Florida
9.4
  1. Oklahoma
8.2
  1. Kansas
6.7
  1. Iowa
6.6
  1. Illinois
6.2
  1. Indiana
6.1
  1. Mississippi
5.7
  1. Maryland
5.7
  1. Louisiana
5.6
  1. Texas
5.2
Top 10 Thunderstorm
Cities

Avg annual number of thunderstorms
  1. Fort Myers, Florida
89
  1. Tampa, Florida
87
  1. Tallahassee, Florida
83
  1. Gainesville, Florida
81
  1. Orlando, Florida
80
  1. Mobile, Alabama
79
  1. W. Palm Beach, Florida
79
  1. Lake Charles, Louisiana
76
  1. Daytona Beach, Florida
75
  1. Vero Beach, Florida
75
Top 10 Tornado prone cities
Ranked by tornadoes per 1,000 miles
  1. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  2. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  3. Dallas – Ft. Worth, Texas
  4. Wichita, Kansas
  5. Springfield, Missouri
  6. Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri
  7. Ft. Smith, Arkansas
  8. Little Rock, Arkansas
  9. Jackson, Mississippi
  10. Birmingham, Alabama
Top 10 Earthquake prone states
# of earthquakes in the last 30 years
Centered in the state
  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Hawaii
  4. Nevada
  5. Washington
  6. Idaho
  7. Wyoming
  8. Montana
  9. Utah
  10. Oregon
10 all-time hottest
Temperatures

Obtained from state temperature
Records, NCDC
  1. Death Valley, California
134
  1. Lake Havasu, Arizona
128
  1. Laughlin, Nevada
125
  1. Lakewood, New Mexico
122
  1. Alton, Kansas
121
  1. Steele, North Dakota
121
  1. Ozark, Arkansas
120
  1. Tipton, Oklahoma
120
  1. Seymour, Texas
120
  1. Usta, South Dakota
120
10 all-time coldest
Temperatures

Obtained from state temperature
Records, NCDC
  1. Prospect Creek, Alaska
-80
  1. Rogers Pass, Montana
-70
  1. Peters Sink, Utah
-69
  1. Riverside, Wyoming
-66
  1. Maybell, Colorado
-61
  1. Tower, Minnesota
-60
  1. Parshall, North Dakota
-60
  1. Island Park Dam, Idaho
-60
  1. McIntosh, South Dakota
-58
  1. Couderay, Wisconsin
-55
10 hottest cities
Average annual temperature, F
  1. Key West, Florida
77.7
  1. Miami, Florida
75.6
  1. W Palm Beach, Florida
74.6
  1. Ft. Myers, Florida
73.9
  1. Yuma, Florida
73.9
  1. Brownsville, Texas
73.6
  1. Orlando, Florida
72.4
  1. Vero Beach, Florida
72.4
  1. Corpus Christi, Texas
72.1
  1. Tampa, Florida
72.0
10 coldest cities
Average annual temperature, F
  1. International Falls, Minnesota
36.4
  1. Duluth, Minnesota
38.2
  1. Caribou, Maine
38.9
  1. Marquette, Michigan
39.2
  1. Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
39.7
  1. Fargo, North Dakota
40.5
  1. Williston, North Dakota
40.8
  1. Alamosa, Colorado
41.2
  1. Bismarck, North Dakota
41.3
  1. St. Cloud, Minnesota
41.4
10 driest cities
Avg annual precipitation in inches
  1. Yuma, Arizona
2.65
  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
4.19
  1. Bishop, California
5.61
  1. Bakersfield, California
5.72
  1. Phoenix, Arizona
7.11
  1. Alamosa, Colorado
7.13
  1. Reno, California
7.49
  1. Winslow, Arizona
7.64
  1. El Paso, Texas
7.82
  1. Winnemucca, Nevada
7.82
10 wettest cities
Avg annual precipitation in inches
  1. Hilo, Hawaii
128.00
  1. Quillayute, Washington
104.50
  1. Astoria, Oregon
69.60
  1. Blue Canyon, California
67.87
  1. Mobile, Alabama
64.64
  1. Tallahassee, Florida
64.59
  1. Pensacola, Florida
61.16
  1. New Orleans, Louisiana
59.74
  1. W Palm Beach, Florida
59.72
  1. Miami, Florida
59.55
10 snowiest cities
Avg annual precipitation in inches
  1. Blue Canyon, California
240.8
  1. Marquette, Michigan
128.6
  1. Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
116.7
  1. Syracuse, New York
111.6
  1. Caribou, Maine
110.4
  1. Mount Shasta, California
104.9
  1. Lander, Wyoming
102.5
  1. Flagstaff, Arizona
99.9
  1. Sexton Summit, Oregon
97.8
  1. Muskegon, Michigan
97.0
10 windiest cities
Avg annual wind speed in mph
  1. Blue Hill Observatory, Massachusetts
15.4
  1. Dodge City, Kansas
14.0
  1. Amarillo, Texas
13.5
  1. Rochester, Minnesota
13.1
  1. Casper, Wyoming
12.9
  1. Cheyenne, Wyoming
12.9
  1. Great Falls, Montana
12.7
  1. Goodland, Kansas
12.6
  1. Boston, Massachusetts
12.5
  1. Lubbock, Texas
12.4
10 sunniest cities
Annual percent of possible sunshine
  1. Yuma, Arizona
90%
  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
85%
  1. Phoenix, Arizona
85%
  1. Tucson, Arizona
85%
  1. El Paso, Texas
83%
  1. Flagstaff, Arizona
79%
  1. Fresno, California
79%
  1. Reno, Nevada
79%
  1. Sacramento, California
78%
by Earl Tupper.NEW JERSEY ……………… Has the most shopping malls in one area
in the world.

NEW MEXICO …………… Smokey the Bear was rescued from a 1950
forest fire here.

NEW YORK ……………….. Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle
ranch, started in 1747 in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA …….. Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA ………… Rigby , North Dakota , is the exact
geographic center of North America ..

OHIO ……………………….. The hot dog was invented here in
1900.

OKLAHOMA ………………. The grounds of the state capital are
covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON ……………………. Has the most ghost towns in the
country.

PENNSYLVANIA …………. The smiley : ) was first used in 1980
by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University ..

RHODE ISLAND …………. The nation’s oldest bar, the White Horse
Tavern, opened here in 1673.

SOUTH CAROLINA ……… Sumter County is home to the world’s
largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA …………. Is the only state that’s never had an
earthquake.

TENNESSEE ………………….. Nashville ‘s Grand Ole Opry is the
longest running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS …………………………. Dr. Pepper was invented in Waco
in 1885. The hamburger was invented in Arlington in 1906.

UTAH …………………………… The first Kentucky Fried
Chicken restaurant opened here in 1952.

VERMONT …………………… Montpelier is the only state capital
without a McDonald’s.

VIRGINIA ……………………… Home of the world’s largest
office building, The Pentagon.

WASHINGTON ……………… Seattle has twice as many college
graduates as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C. ……… Is the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA ……………… Had the world’s first brick paved
street, Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN …………………. The ice cream sundae was invented here
in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting ice cream from
being sold on Sundays.

WYOMING …………………… Was the first state to allow women to
vote.

I hope you enjoyed this. I found it interesting!!!

 

I know where I DON”T want to live.  Ciao.

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

NOTE: The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for tomorrow. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th. Today Mary and I will travel to the Palo Alto VA Hospital where we will spend the night in the Defenders Lodge in order to be ready for tomorrow’s 9:30 AM appointment. No Blog Tomorrow.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Donelson_National_Battlefield

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 77 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

MU

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

ALLIGATOR HUNTING

October 22, 2014

hero_rio_2013--kia-480x-1Signal so weak, I couldn’t finish a blog on Monday.  I turned my Prius in for repair, FINALLY. It was another full day devoted to getting my car fixed after the accident of June 12th. I fought to have my Prius fixed instead of totaled, and after a long process, fraught with hang-ups, (as in the body shopped scheduled to fix it went out of business,) it was delivered to the capable hands of C&C Body Shop in Sonora. While there, we had to wait to pick up a rental car, a silver KIA that fits in my garage.

We went out to lunch in Sonora and when I got home I didn’t feel like cooking. We decided to veg in front of the television with some food and turned on a program called Swamp People. It was an old program series that played from 6:00 to 9:00 and most of it was about Cajun alligator hunters. Having visited that part of the country, having met a couple of alligator hunters, the memories flowed. Those were really exciting times.  We ate a lot of alligator meat in Southern Louisiana, mostly sausage, but we were never part of a hunt. After watching the Swamp People, I felt like I went alligator hunting.

I got so excited, I had to replay my alligator pictures. A different camera, no editing done, so I selected a few pics from the album.

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We took an alligator sighting tour boat into the swamps. The boats in the program and this one are flat bottomed affairs, built by Cajuns for alligator hunting.

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We spotted this big one.

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It was unafraid and the boat didn’t get too close.

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Then we saw this big bull, the guide called him. The broad head is a giveaway.

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I got a second shot of this big bull.  I took two shots of  small gators buried deep in the shallow swamp grasses, but  I had to look three times at my own photos to pick them out. They were well camouflaged, so I didn’t download the pictures. Alligators are fearless and fast. Basically the king predator of the swamps. Their only enemy is man.

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This is a better picture of the type of flat boats the hunters use, though the sides are a bit steeper. This group is fishing for something, but not alligators.

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A picture of a picture of “Mary”, feeding an alligator to demonstrate to the tour what they look like. She owned the company at one time and it is too dangerous to “chum” alligators and the company quit the practice. The picture didn’t say if this event was at an alligator farm or in the wild. Alligator skin is more valuable than the meat.

Dirty Miller cookin'

Near Little Chenier, we met a real alligator hunter who goes by the name of Dirty Miller. We were looking for the town of Little Chenier, or remnants of it. It was destroyed by Hurricane Rita. Up against a choice, where the pavement ended, with a gravel road in front of us, without knowing where it came out, we stopped. We turned around in Miller’s driveway and he hollered at us to “com’on, dinner will be ready in a half an hour.”  Miller is the epitome of Southern hospitality and a real character.

Wiped out by Katrina, Miller built a large shed on the spot where his house once stood. It was flooded by Rita and he showed us the water line on the walls of his shed.  In that pot was a big stew and we joined him and his friends for a Sunday afternoon dinner and listened raptly to alligator hunting stories and many other tales.  He had pictures of Donald Trump and some other notables, (I no longer remember the names,)  people he took alligator hunting. We ended up spending the night and Dirty Miller and his girl friend cooked us a giant omelet for breakfast the next morning with shrimp, crawfish, crab and alligator sausage. One of our favorite, memorable stops in Louisiana.

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This is a picture of a picture of Dirty Miller’s grandson sitting on a gator he killed. I’m savoring the memories again through my pictures. My only regret is that I didn’t take more pictures of this fascinating guy and his friends.

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/14079

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Patsy Cline Crash Site Memorial, Camden, Tennessee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for October 24th. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 71 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 74 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

MU

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://www.tennesseeriverpearls.com./

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Pearl Museum, Camden, Tennessee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for October 24th. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 71 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

MU

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

2

On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

Savannah, Tennessee

October 20, 2014

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savannah,_Tennessee

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Savannah, Tennessee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for October 24th. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 77 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 74 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

ANGELS CAMP GOLD RUSH FAIR

October 19, 2014

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It was a good decision to take a day off and attend the Angels Camp Gold Rush Fair. It was the first time for me. Town was full and people were having a good time.

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In the Chamber Of Commerce/Visitors Center parking area was a food court, a band and a few set-ups of what living in the gold rush era was like, with barrels and sacks and a reference to Henry Angel for whom the camp was,  and now the town is named.

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You didn’t have to go camping, because life was lived in a “camp”. During Angels Camp’s 75th anniversary of the incorporation of the town, Mayor Betsy Alford managed to find descendents of Henry Angel and invited them to participate, and several of them came to celebrate.

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Operating in the lot, a modern gold washer demonstrating how gold rich gravels are sucked up onto  riffles that allow heavy gold to sink to the bottom of the washer and the rest of the rock and dirt flows back into the stream. This one has a powerful motor. The old-timers didn’t have that advantage. Their “sluice boxes” were propped in the river and bottom gravel was hand shoveled onto the riffles. It was cold, wet,  hard work.

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I didn’t ask, but I think these folks were selling covered wagon rides. A beautiful team, in any event.

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The townspeople are encouraged to dress in rustic clothing and many did.

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These buck skinned dudes and their ladies are part of a staged gunfight they have on the street, which we missed and left before their next one.

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I admired this dude’s fox skin cap. What a beautiful cap but I did feel sorry the fox had to give its life for it.

Maria Behn as Patsy Kline

Maria Behn is an excellent Patsy Cline impersonator and we enjoyed listening to her sing. Her husband is a vet and they live in the county near San Andreas.

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A young juggler kept the crowd mesmerized with his various feats. Looking at everyone’s faces while he tossed those knives around was as much fun as his patter. He quipped: “Look at me, I graduated from Bret Harte High School and I’m doing fine.”

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He could cut apples. Not only cut them, but bite them while juggling three knives. He finished the apple/knife bit with a flourish, stabbing one. He was fun.

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Jim quipped to this girl, “Aah, a real genuine red-head,” knowing that she wasn’t, to which she answered, “and I was a real genuine blonde yesterday.”

We had a great bowl of chili for lunch. The fair is an annual event they’ve put on for about 4 or 5 years. I like meeting old friends I haven’t seen in a long time, and I did see some locals I knew, but Gary and Denise Lindsay, who are old friends from the Sheriff’s Department days, surprised me. They’ve retired to Sonora area, in Tuolumne County, and love the Mother Lode and came over to enjoy the festivities.

 

 

 

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

Mary’s home is in the gold country of California. The precious metal was discovered about a one hour drive (today) away in 1849. California Highway 49 runs right through the middle of Angels Camp…only nine miles west of her location.

Yesterday we took a break from our routine daily events to attend a street fair called Gold Rush Day which you can read about by clicking this link…http://www.uniondemocrat.com/News/Entertainment/Gold-Rush-Day-celebration-set-in-Angels-Camp

To read about Angels Camp, click this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angels_Camp,_California

To read about California Highway 49, click this link..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_State_Route_49

Here are some photos that I took…

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TO SEE THE OTHER 14 PHOTOS THAT I TOOK…CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Gold Rush Day – Angels Camp, California

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for October 24th. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 77 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 80 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

MU

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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