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Jim and I have moved on to Monroe, Wa. where we are parked at Thunderbird Thousand Trails on the Skykomish River. But, I’m still blogging Anacortes because it has so many unique features, like this World War I Memorial Park. It is named for Vernon Causland a local vet killed during the war.

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War memorials are fairly common things to see as we travel about the country. This is the 2nd one we’ve seen designated a National Heritage Site. It is a beautiful and unique park. The single building, this gazebo type structure is at the front entrance.

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The park is fenced on two sides by unique rock walls. This is one corner.

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I walked along the side street, fascinated by the detailed work put into this wall.

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The wall undulates, dipping at places and higher at other spots.

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It curves into a side entrance.

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The walls are unique, but it isn’t the only beautiful aspect of this park.

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It has sweeping vistas of tiered grassy seating and about an acre of lawn above this spot with beautiful trees and flowers. A very restful place.

 

I’ll blog no more of Anacortes, but if you want to see the 40 pictures I took of Mitchell’s Murals in a slideshow, click on the link below.

2014-8-15-Anacortes Murals Project

 

 

ANACORTES MURAL PROJECT

August 19, 2014

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My last two blogs about Anacortes had photos of Bill Mitchell’s murals. That’s him in a photo I dragged off a website. His vision has certainly affected the town positively in multiple ways.  You can read all about Mitchell at the link below.
http://www.goanacortes.com/arts_and_community/article_4d7ede94-cfe8-11e3-afae-001a4bcf887a.html

And the next link is of a couple who took pictures of some of Bills Murals and they met Bill and got some history about each one. Terrific job.

http://www.trailergypsies.com/Washington/Anacortes%20Mural%20Project.htm

I took about 40 photos but some I like better than others. It is hard to choose a favorite.

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Dennis is in front of the Post Office. Cute as can be.  I suspect he may have been a post master here or worked for the P.O. long ago. Mitchell likes history and does quite a bit of it in his work. He has over 150 murals in town.

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Chuck Peterson was a Ferry Skipper then suffered a head injury. He retired to just be Chuck.  I’d like to meet him. Doesn’t he look like a fun guy?

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And, equally fun, this gal. I’d like to meet her, too. She reminds me of my sister. I have a picture of her sitting on my dining room table telling fortunes at a family wedding after party.

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This dude loves his car. Me too!

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Obviously a fisherman.

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This is Steve Rydeburg, a “dirty” hippie, cleaned up. Used to have the best parties. I like his politics, the peace symbol he wears around his neck.

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Jim  is a unique character. I told him to pose for a Bill Mitchell picture. This is what he looks like.

I wanted to load my album, but we are over our byte alotment, so it will have to wait until I can get a free signal somewhere. Maybe the library tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

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We spent an hour or so walking around Anacortes when we were there. The town is old, and pretty, in part because of the Anacortes Mural Project which I’ll blog about tomorrow.

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A lot of fun shops, crafts, artwork, antiques, found stuff;  just the kind of eclectic stuff to make you happy and stir your own creative juices. Since I’ve done metal art, the license plate artists intrigue me. Where do they get those old license plates anyway I wonder?

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Both pictures taken through the window, with a lot of annoying reflection. This guitar can actually be played.

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It is fun to walk the downtown streets and find a full-sized character standing in a doorway.

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As in real life, even the dog has his place. Don’t you just love it?

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And who knows? Maybe the Bill Mitchell Mural inspired the city to get artistic with their real hydrants.  Adding a public drinking fountain, and some color. Why not?

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The perfect mural for a saloon window.

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And this brewer is right next to his brewery.

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I’d like to take this crab home with me…

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…and the chicken too. Just to see what my chickens might think of a bird this size. I cannot buy because stuff doesn’t fit in the motor home, so I just peek at all the fun stuff.

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I was way overdue for an art fix. I stopped by AnchorArt Space, a gallery featuring the work of Sarah Denby and Andrea Joyce Heimer. The painting above is entitled “Windy, ain’t it? By Denby.

Laura falls in love with undeserving men. Joyce Heimer

I’m a words and story person.  Heimer’s painting above had a story that went partly like this:  Laura falls in love with undeserving men…  You will have to visit to read the rest of the story which is written in pencil directly on the wall.

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Cocktail hour by Denby.

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“The donnybrook of 1989 took place in the community garden project…”  so goes the story with this painting by Heimer. I really liked the stories with each painting.

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Vacation 1  by Denby.  There is a similarity to the two women’s work, to my eye. And, Denby can get very abstract. I liked her work with the least abstract best, but to all a different taste. Both women have websites if you are interested.

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The Business, (since 1878) has a sculptured arch around the doorway. Just a walk around town is an art fix for me. Great place to visit.

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Anacortes Eagles Club puts on a yearly fundraiser barbeque where they serve salmon, chicken or ribs, barbequed on these huge barrel pits. The cooks were taking a bit of a break.

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The women bake home-made pies, beans, coleslaw and serve you. They close  a section of the street to set up their cues and tables.

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When in the West, eat salmon. Done to perfection. Our plate was heavy. I believe we were dished out a half-pound of silver salmon. Whoever cleans it, didn’t leave a bone. I guess I was too hungry to take a picture, light breakfast, no lunch. We went inside to eat. We managed some blueberry and cheery/rhubarb pie, too. Good stuff.

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Jim’s Eagle’s Aerie closed about two months ago. He made arrangements  to switch his membership to Anacortes Club. People here are very friendly. I took a picture of this unusual rocking chair. It was built and carved and donated by a long ago member.

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We walked around town taking pictures of murals that Anacortes is known for. I’ll publish them and some art tomorrow. Finally got an art fix. On the way, we met this sweet little papillon.

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I swear, when she saw the camera she stopped and posed for me. Her owner says she does that because she is a show dog. Traveling like I do, I enjoy other people’s pets and no longer have a dog or cat of my own.

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I spent two hours before our Eagles dinner in the library, catching up on some business stuff when we first got to town because our signal is so slow in the park. But, I can’t pass an Elks Club, since I’m a member from Sonora.  The people in this Elks Club were also very friendly. Three murals graced the club walls.

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They commissioned this one to honor a couple who raised more money for children through their club, than any club in Washington by making and selling Jam. Arlitta Pitcher and Stan Jewell. He is 89 years old, now, and they no longer attend.

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And, they honored member Carl Frantz, a Sea Scout, who brought them fish, and boats, and apparently a lot of fun.

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This gentleman was a band leader that for years played the Elks major dances. Not many clubs, it seems, have those big dances any more. His name is on that bass fiddle but I couldn’t read it in my editing program. Sorry sir!

Weather was beautiful, with a full day, in a friendly town. Life is good.

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort along the shore of Skagit Bay in LaConner, Washington. I’ve been here a number of times over the past years and always enjoy it here. It’s my favorite resort in the entire Thousand Trails system. My departure date is July 29th.

Mary is at home tending to personal matters…home maintenance, family, friends, rentals, etc..  She has made her flight reservations to meet me July 29th in Bellingham, Washington.

Yesterday I had lunch with a delightful friend. I met Beverly Malland a number of years ago and we have remained friends over the years and distance of my travels. She has lived in Anacortes, Washington for lots of years…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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After lunch I stopped for a cold beer at the Eagles Club which has been in this building since 1923. This is where Bev and I met. See the guy on the corner playing the banjo…that’s her father Rudy Malland…

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Rudy Malland (1916-2002) was known in the area as The Banjo King and local lore has it that he wore out six banjos during his career…

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The mural of Rudy Malland is one of more than 100 beautiful murals scattered all around Anacortes. You can read all about the artist and the murals by clicking this link… http://www.trailergypsies.com/Washington/Anacortes%20Mural%20Project.htm

This link shows the locations of the murals… http://www.iloveskagit.com/mural.htm

Anacortes is one of my very favorite places in the United States. By clicking this link you can see my Picasa Web Album that I shot in 2006… https://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/AnacortesWA

Finally you can read all about Anacortes by clicking this Wikepedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacortes,_Washington

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 73 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 73 degrees. Perfect!

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 Washington. 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

LIBBY, MONTANA

September 17, 2013

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Driving from Kelispell to Libby yesterday morning  brought us through 9 miles of road work much of it really, bumpy gravel.

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Elevation rises, more trees and stump farms with scraggly second or third growth. One plot had about 3 scraggly trees and nothing but stumps. This is lumber country obviously and the twigs we see everywhere that pass for trees is disheartening even if it is private land.

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Libby is called the City of Eagles. We didn’t see any flying around or nesting spots along the roadway, but there were plenty of them around town.

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We had expected to see the Museum and Nordic Heritage Center, but it was closed.

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We missed by one day the Nordic Heritage Days annual celebration. This sign was left on the street. We pulled in to stay at the VFW in town and just walked the downtown area and took pictures.

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I  judge the health of a small town by its art or lack of it, good beer, buildings that are well cared for and if you see a nice child care center, a drug treatment center, senior center, plenty of doctors offices, a hospital and good looking schools you know you are in a progressive community. Libby qualifies. The main street was only about four blocks long and two blocks deep, but it was full of murals and they are expensive. DSC00811 (Copy)

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Even their garbage cans were painted. This one mentions their Annual River Front Blues Festival. DSC00807 (Copy)

They still have a working theater in town. Nice.

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The Libby Cafe claims to have the best huckleberry flapjacks in Montana.  I liked their sign.

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This one too.

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Libby has an Amtrak Station so you can get where you want to go. Country living, small town, pretty nice place to live.

Libby, Montana

September 17, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 89 miles from Kalispell to Libby, Montana.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

The traffic continued light along Highway 2…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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Highway 2 was built in the 1930’s. Yesterday we ran in to a nine-mile rebuild of the roadway…

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We parked overnight at VFW Post #1540…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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Once we got settled in, we walked around town and took a few photos…

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Yesterday was the first decent weather day I’ve experienced in a long time. Even though the temperature got to 81…the humidity was only 40%. Combined with a sunny/cloudy day and a pleasant all-day breeze, it was most enjoyable. During my yesterday’s morning walk is was 68 degrees…today 20 degrees cooler at 48.

Forecast high temperature for today is 69 degrees. Yes! Mucho Bettero!

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

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

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Ashland, Wisconsin

August 30, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 40 miles from  Hurley to Ashland, Wisconsin.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

A Hurley, Wisconsin sunrise…

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We decided to take a Lake Superior waterfront RV site at the Kreher RV Park in Ashland, Wisconsin where we are parked about 100 feet from the lake shore…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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And Lake Superior as seen through the motorhome windshield…

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This map shows our route through Michigan and Wisconsin…

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The calendar photo shows our waterfront site marked in yellow…

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The city has a number of murals…

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Ashland once had a large ore dock…

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Which has recently been demolished and all that is left is the remains of the pier…

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Here’s a couple of photos taken at the nearby  waterfront…

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At 2:00 PM, a violent thunderstorm erupted with winds in excess of 60 miles an hour. It blew really hard for a half-hour…

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Here’s what the radar looked like during the storm. Ashland is in the darkest red…

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This photo looks at our RV park from the water. Our motorhome is the furthest on the right partially hidden by the playground equipment…

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The final photo of the day occurred at 8:15 PM overlooking Lake Superior…

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Yesterday was another horrendous weather day…86 degrees with a real feel of 95 and high humidity. After the storm blew through, the temperature dropped to a delightful 70 degrees with 72% humidity.

At 5:00 AM this morning it was 72 degrees with 82% humidity. Good temperature…lousy humidity! YUK!

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

Enjoying a Lake Superior waterfront RV site 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 Michigan. 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

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

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

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

The motorhome is parked at my son’s home where I’m expected to remain until July 17th visiting with my family.

Mary is back at  her home in California readying for a family reunion. She has a tentative return-to-me-date of July 16th.

My Verizon account recycles on July 5th and I’m closing in on my GB limit so photos will be few until then.

Yesterday i introduced to you the Village of Essex less than five miles from ny son’s home.

Here is the official link…
http://www.essexct.com/uniquely_essex.php

It has another claim to fame…

Essex is one of the few American towns to ever be attacked by a foreign power; this occurred on April 8, 1814, and the economic losses were among the largest sustained by the United States during the War of 1812. Twenty eight vessels, with a total value estimated to be close to $200,000 (at a time when a very large two story home in Essex would have been worth no more than $1,000), were destroyed by the British. One historian has called it the “Pearl Harbor” of that war.

The below two photos are of murals I took in the Connecticut River Museum a few days back…

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

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You can read the rest of the story by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essex,_CT

More photos to follow…

Enjoying historical places is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

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

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

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

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Yesterday, we crossed the bridge from Gallipolis,Ohio to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Practically under the bridge is a complex of State Land devoted to a fort, a War of 1812 memorial and this River Museum.

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We don’t see much about the War of 1812. On the grounds is also a mansion, the site of government and all community meetings. You can see it to the left of the monument.

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It kind of makes you smile, especially this crooked wall and rustic construction. Originally a tavern, it was the biggest building in the community and to them, it was a mansion. It’s all in the perspective.

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The museum is about life on the river in this particular river community of Point Pleasant. The Museum is so full, you need a full day to really see it. And there is a wonderful river walk full of murals, and a fort nearby. Much to see here if you go.

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A lot of different types and sizes of river boat models.

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The usual artifacts of all things river boat you would expect to see.

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You can play this calliope, they even give you the number guide to play country roads.

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Ten whistles, but the music was loud and harsh to my ear. I think it needed the river atmosphere to sound right.

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The river is life. Boats like this are called shanty boats where people lived. They couldn’t afford to buy land and build a house.

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Who snapped the picture? You learn nothing about the family but what you can discern from a random photo.

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The boats were owned by the captains of industry, but this captain, Tom Reynolds was a stern wheeler driver. He loved his job and he was known to sit in a chair and steer with his feet in an area where the river was stable.

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The Sprague was called Big Momma. She could pull 56 loaded barges in a line.

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Men who worked the boats gathered for a picture. They probably never would have had their picture taken in their whole life except for an arranged gathering like this.

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All river towns face flooding at some point or another and Point Pleasant had a big one in 1903.

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Amid hardship,  the theatre owner employed a bit of humor.  The town has since built a huge river wall, but the river wall couldn’t protect them from their very worst disaster that still affects the townspeople today, one of whom we met.

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A new bridge in 1928, built in a style never tried before was called the Silver Bridge by the locals. It crossed from Point Pleasant to Gallipolis, Ohio. One horror filled night in 1967, the bridge gave way and toppled into the river, killing 47 people. Five men were rescued from the cold waters and lived to tell the tale.

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A video shows the type of attachment that held up the uprights on the bridge.

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A hairline crack, after 41 years, snapped and sent the bridge to the bottom in seconds.

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All the tons of steel and concrete were nothing in the end. Visible is the rusting old railroad bridge in the back ground that our local fellow told us everyone worried would fall into the river some day.

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But it was their bridge that fell. He told us he lived four minutes from the bridge. His wife and her visiting mother had gone shopping and were planning to cross over to a favorite restaurant, but they were tired, the traffic was heavy so they chose a local cafe instead. The lights blinked in the cafe. It was reported all over town the lights everywhere blinked as the bridge toppled. And, of course, the drama is, they would have been on that bridge. He told us of dozens of stories of people who would have gone, were supposed to be on it, and those who felt the shaking and were close enough to back up, or get out of their cars and run to land. Feelings were so raw, their loss so great, no one talked about it for years. They finally put up a memorial in the 1990s, if my memory is correct.

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I particularly enjoyed a story about vaudeville and entertainment that made riding the boats up and down the river one of those glorious experiences.

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One family, the Bryants worked vaudeville/melodrama aboard the paddle wheel steamers. Josephine, on top of the piano, married into the family and was a born entertainer.  You had to have a villain to boo, a heroine to save and a hero. The audiences didn’t tolerate intermissions. And if the show was short of two hours, they felt cheated and let you know it.

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Billy Bryant was known for his wicked antics, he’d dance and hop all over and became an acrobatic thespian, much loved by audiences.

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The Bryant family, as it grew, spent most of their lives aboard the boats. Sam and Violet, back center in the photo, came here from England. He had a traveling medicine show where he sold kerosene and red peppers made into a liniment. They got jobs working the Water Queen and decided they needed a boat of their own, which they did accomplish by 1907.

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They sold cigarettes, candy and snacks, much like the nightclubs of Hollywood and New York while they sang and danced up and down the rivers. Such a life.

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Jim and I walked the River Walk, and enjoyed the murals, some pastoral scenes of Virginia.

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Others of a political nature.

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And all within view of the gorgeous, cooling  Ohio River.  (And that rusting old railroad bridge still standing.)

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