Back on November 29, 2011, I began what was my 6th circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s 2nd. It ended on October 10, 2013.

I called it The Great Adventure, because it was different from my other five circumnavigations…in which the routes were kinda-sorta preplanned. This time…with the exceptions of attending my oldest grand-daughter’s high school graduation in June 2013 in southeastern Connecticut…I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there! Hence…The Great Adventure.

The only plan was to live a day-to-day lifestyle and let the winds blow us where they may!

Another thing different about this circumnavigation…in addition to our daily Blog entries documenting our experiences…is in every overnight parking spot I decided to take a photo out of our dinette window.

For instance, here’s the first one from the VFW at Wellton, Arizona…

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...

Wellton, AZ

And here’s the view out of our dinette window at our parking location at the Dancing Eagle Casino RV Park, Casa Blanca, New Mexico…

During the course of this 682 day circumnavigation, we parked in 175 locations. In addition you need to know that when I parked the motorhome…I did not say to myself…where’s the best view? It is strictly by chance what view ended up outside of our window.

You need also to remember that we overnighted a lot at free locations such as Eagles and Moose Clubs, American Legion, VFW and Elks Clubs where the views are not always spectacular…but usually somewhat interesting!

Finally I started taking these photos once we departed Yuma, Arizona. Prior to that time all the previous overnight parking locations are repeats from previous times since I travel those routes somewhat regularly.

Unfortunately this Picasa Web Album decided to partially malfunction. It has “lost” a few and in addition, has them somewhat out of the chronological order in which they were taken. That being said, they still can be enjoyed.

I’ve got 129 out-of-the-dinette-window photos in the final collection. You can see them all by clicking the below link. Once there, click the slide show button…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/GreatAdventureDinetteWindowPhotos#

After viewing the 129 photos I think you’ll agree that the full-time RVing lifestyle exemplifies the saying of “Variety Is The Spice Of Life”! The constant changing of scenery, people, local foods and music is most stimulating. I never tire of it!

It’s fun for me to look at the about 129 photos that finally ended up in this collection. I hope you enjoy them as well.

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…

USA1MU

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

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

This  final Blog posting is to document the completion of an almost two-year circumnavigation of the United States…my 6th…Mary’s 2nd. During these circumnavigations, I try to travel on roads I’ve not seen before…I’m about 90% successful in that regard.

The only things I knew about our potential destinations during this adventure is that I/we planned to spend a good portion of 2012 exploring the State of New Mexico. In 2013 we planned to attend my oldest grand-daughter’s high school graduation in June in southeastern Connecticut…which we did. Other than that…we just had to find out one-day-at-a-time where our fates were to send us. Other than our near fatal accident on Memorial Day of 2012, it was a fine trip. We saw many interesting things and meet some really neat people.

The trip began from Murphys, California on November 29, 2011 with 35,956.5 miles on the motorhome odometer. The trip ended on October 10, 2013 with 48,635.4 on the odometer which means I drove 12,678.9 miles with the motorhome. I also drove the Bronco about an additional 10,000 miles on side trips.

Our journey brought us to 28 states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Texas,  Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana,  Idaho, Washington and Oregon.

In addition to showing the route taken, I’m documenting where I/we parked during this journey. I/We parked at 175 different places as follows:

37 – VFW
22 – State Parks
21 – Other/Miscellaneous
16 -  Moose Club
14 – American Legion
14 – RV Parks/Campground
13 -  Thousand Trails/Affiliated RV Resort
11 – Eagles Club
8 – Friend/Relative
6 – Elks Club
4 – Casino
4 – Museum Parking Lot
4 – National Park/Monument/Seashore
3 – Wal-Mart

Here’s the map showing the complete route taken which you may click on to see in a larger view…

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001 – 11/29/11 – Bakersfield, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #2178

002 – 11/30/11 – Riverside, CA – Fraternal Order Of Eagles – Airee #997

003 – 12/01/11 – Thousand Palms, CA – Thousand Trails RV Resort

004 – 12/17/11 – Slab City, CA

005 – 12/18/11 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

006 – 12/20/11 – Yuma, Arizona – About 12 miles north on BLM land

007 – 01/03/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Paradise Casino

008 – 01/09/12 – Slab City, CA

009 – 01/16/12 – El Centro, CA – Loyal Order Of Moose – Lodge #1033

010 – 01/17/12 – Winterhaven, CA – About 8 miles west on BLM land.

011 – 01/18/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Pilot Knob RV Park

012 – 01/22/12 – Winterhaven, CA – Quechen Indian Casino

013 – 01/23/12 – Yuma, AZ – American Legion Post #19

014 – 01/24/12 – Wellton, AZ – VFW Post #6790

015 – 01/25/12 – Painted Rocks Historic Park, AZ

016 – 01/27/12 – Ajo, AZ – VFW Post #3570

017 – 01/28/12 – Organ pipe Cactus National Monument, AZ

018 – 02/02/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Loyal Order Of Moose #2039

019 – 02/03/12 – Apache Junction, AZ – Golden Sun RV Resort

020 – 02/13/12 – Tucson, AZ – About 20 miles north at Mary’s friend’s home.

020 – 02/17/12 – Tucson, AZ – Loyal Order Of Moose #1964

021 – 02/24/12 – Nogales, AZ – VFW Post #2066

022 – 02/27/12 – Lake Patagonia, AZ – Arizona State Park

023 – 02/29/12 – Sierra Vista, AZ – VFW Post #9972

024 – 03/03/12 – Douglas, AZ – Belle Starr’s Silverado Ranch

025 – 03/06/12 – Columbus, NM – Pancho Villa State Park

026 – 03/11/12 – Deming, New Mexico – Rockhound State Park

027 – 03/21/12 – Faywood, NM – City of Rocks State Park

028 – 03/22/12 – Silver City, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #1718

029 – 04/03/12 – Caballo, NM – Lake Caballo State Park

030 – 04/05/12 – Truth or Consequences, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #2050

031 – 04/16/12 – Elephant Butte, NM – Elephant Butte State Park

032 – 04/17/12 – Elephant Butte, NM South Monticello Campground

033 – 04/18/12 – San Antonio, NM Owl Bar and Cafe parking lot

034 – 04/19/12 – Socorro, New Mexico Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #4017

035 – 04/21/12 – Belen, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #1680

036 – 04/22/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Loyal Order Of Moose #2241

037 – 04/23/12 – Albuquerque, NM – VFW Post #401

038 – 05/12/12 – Casa Blanca, NM – Dancing Eagle Casino RV Park

039 – 05/14/12 – Grants, NM – VFW Post #3221

040 – 05/16/12 – Prewitt, NM – Bluewater State Park

041 – 05/20/12 – Gallup, NM – Red Rock Park Campground

042 – 05/22/12 – Window Rock, AZ – Navajo Nation Museum

043 – 05/24/12 – Chinle, AZ – Canyon de Chelly Cottonwood Campground

044 – 06/05/12 – Cortez, CO – American Legion Post #75

045 – 06/08/12 – Mesa Verde National Park, CO

046 – 06/11/12 – Durango, CO – American Legion Post #28

047 – 06/14/12 – Navajo Dam, NM – Navajo Lake State Park Cottonwood Campground

048 – 06/18/12 – Farmington, NM – Downtown Parking Lot

049 – 06/19/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Woodland Creek Campground

050 – 07/17/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Island View Campground

051 – 08/17/12 – Los Ojos, NM – El Vado State Park

052 – 08/23/12 – Los Ojos, NM – Heron Lake State Park Island View Campground

053 – 09/14/12 – Taos, NM -  Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3489

054 – 09.25/12 – Los Alamos, NM – VFW Post #8872

055 – 10/03/12 – Espanola, NM – Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3695

056 – 10/08/12 – Santa Fe, NM – Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #2811

057 – 10/13/12 – Albuquerque – NM- Sandia Casino

058 – 10/16/12 – Albuquerque, – NM – Wal-Mart parking lot

059 – 10/17/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Pisano Street across from Advantage Automotive

060 – 10/18/12 – Santa Rosa, NM – Santa Rose Lake State Park

061 – 10/25/12 – Fort Sumner, NM – Sumner Lake State Park

062 – 10/28/12 – Clovis, NM – Fraternal Order of Eagles #3245

063 – 11/01/12 – Littlefield, TX – Waylon Jennings RV Park

064 – 11/05/12 – Lubbock, TX – Fraternal Order of Eagles #4271

065 – 11;10/12 – Roscoe, TX – American Legion Post #217

066 – 11/11/12 – Sweetwater, TX – WASP Museum

067 – 11/12/12 – San Angelo, TX – VFW Post #1815

068 – 11/17/12 – Brady, TX – VFW Post #3234

069 – 11/18/12 – Kerrville, TX – VFW Post #1480

070 – 11/19/12 – Lakehills, TX – Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Resort

071 – 12/10/12 – San Antonio, TX – Fraternal Order of Eagles #70

072 – 12/14/12 – Laredo, TX – Casa Blanca International State Park

073 – 12/16/12 – Roma, TX – VFW Post #9175

074 – 12/19/12 – Harlingen, TX – American Legion Post #205

075 – 12/20/12 – Harlingen, TX – Tropic Winds RV Resort

076 – 01/10/13 – Port Isabel, TX – Wal-Mart

077 – 01/11/13 – Brownsville, TX – VFW Post #2085

078 – 01/12/13 – Kingsville, TX – Elks Club #1926

079 – 01/17/13 – Padre Island National Seashore, TX – Malaquite Beach

080 – 01/19/13 – Rockport, TX – American Legion Post #363

081 – 01/21/13 – Port Lavaca, TX – VFW Post #4403

082 – 01/23/13 – Palacios, TX – VFW Post #2467

083 – 01/25/13 – Wadsworth, TX – Colorado River Trail Parking Area

084 – 01/26/13 – Freeport, TX – VFW Post #4341

085 – 01/27/13 – Galveston, TX – VFW Post #8248

086 – 01/31/13 – Port Arthur, TX – American Legion Post #7

087 – 02/05/13 – Sulphur, LA – American Legion Post #179

088 – 02/06/13 – Westlake, LA – Sam Houston Jones State Park

089 – 02/15/13 – Sulphur, LA – VFW Post #8107

090 – 02/16/13 – Holly Beach, LA

091 – 02/17/13 – Grand Chenier. LA – Dirty Miller’s Driveway

092 – 02/18/13 – Sweet Lake LA – Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge

093 – 02/19/13 – Lake Arthur, LA – American Legion Post #403

094 – 02/23/13 – Iota, LA – side street

095 – 02/24/13 – Near Villa Platte, LA – Chicot State Park

096 – 03/01/13 – Mamou, LA – Chestnut Street

097 – 03/02/13 – Eunice, LA – Rear parking lot if fire station

098 – 03/03/13 – Duson, LA – VFW Post #9833

099 – 03/10/13 – Baker, LA – VFW Post #4224

100 – 03/18/13 – Natchez, Mississippi – Moose Lodge #1662

101 – 04/03/13 – Grand Gulf Military State Park, Mississippi

102 – 04/05/13 – Vicksburg, MS – Moose Lodge #1581

103 – 04/12/13 – Greenville, MS – VFW Post #4438

104 – 04/13/14 – Lula, MS – Delma Firmiss Hospitality Center

105 – 04/14/13 – Southaven, MS – VFW Post #10567

106 – 04/24/13 – Saulsbury, TN – Thousand Trails Cherokee Landing RV Resort

107 – 04/28/13 – Savannah, TN – Moose Lodge #1918

108 – 05/01/13 – Camden, TN – Elks Lodge #2156

109 – 05/02/13 – Clarksville, TN – VFW Post #4895

110 – 05/05/13 – Bowling Green, KY – Wal-Mart

111 – 05/06/13 – Park City, KY – Diamond Cavern Campground

112 – 05/10/13 – Bardstown, KY – Moose Lodge #2408

113 – 05/14/13 – Ashland, KY – Eagles Club #2329

114 – 05/16/13 – Point Pleasant, WV – Krobel Park

115 – 05/17/13 – Parkersburg, WV – VFW Post #1212

116 – 05/18/13 – Clarksburg, WV – VFW #573

117 – 05/18/13 – Grafton, WV – Tygart Lake State Park

118 – 05/20/13 – Winchester, VA – Moose Lodge #1283

119 – 05/23/13 – Dillsburg, PA – American legion Post #6671

120 – 05/24/13 – Lebanon, PR – Thousand Trails Hershey RV Resort

121 – 05/28/13 – Allentown, PA – American Legion #367

122 – 05/31/13 – Oakland, NJ – Elks Club #2617

123 – 06/06/13 – Danbury, CT Welcome Center

124 – 06/07/13 – Ivoryton, CT – My son’s home

125 – 07/14/13 – Sturbridge, MA – Outdoor World Campground

126 – 07/21/13 – Sudbury, MA – American Legion Post #191

127 – 07/24/13 – East Bridgewater, MA – Camping USA

128 – 07/27/13 – Rochester, MA – Gateway to Cape Cod Campground

129 – 07/29/13 – North Dartmouth, MA -  My Cousin Bob and Donna’s home

130 – 08/06/13 – Ivoryton, Connecticut – My son’s home

131 – 08/12/13 – Scotrun, PA – Outdoor World campground

132 – 08/13/13 – Clarion, PA – Moose Lodge #14

133 – 08/14/13 – Norwalk, OH – Elks Lodge #730

134 – 08/15/13 – Grossse Ile, MI – Friend’s driveway

135 – 08/16/13 – Flint, MI – VFW #3027

136 – 08/17/13 – Indian River, MI – VFW 37439

137 – 08/18/13 – St. Ignace, MI – VFW #5114

138 – 08/19/13 – Escanaba, MI – VFW Post #2899

139 – 08/20/13 – Menominee, MI – VFW Post #1887

140 – 08/21/13 – Bark River, MI – Mary’s friend’s home

141 – 08/25/13 – Iron Mountain, MI – Elks Lodge #700

142 – 08/27/13 – Iron River, MI – VFW Post #3134

143 – 08/28/13 – Hurley, WI – VFW Post #1580

144 – 08/29/13 – Ashland, WI – Kreher RV Park

145 – 08/30/13 – Superior, WI – City Park

146 – 08/31/13 – Grand Rapids, MN – Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot

147 – 09/01/13 – Bemidji, MN – Eagles Airee #351

148 – 09/02/13 – Crookston, MN – Central Park

149 – 09/03/13 – Devils Lake, ND – Nite Owl Lounge

150 – 09/04/13 – Towner, ND – Free City Park

151 – 09/05/13 – Stanley, ND – 2nd Ave SE

152 – 09/06/13 – Culbertson, MT – Lions City Park

153 – 09/07/13 – Glasgow, MT = VFW Post #3107

154 – 09/08/13 – Malta, MT – Phillips County Museum

155 – 09/09/13 – Chinook, MT – VFW Auxiliary Post #4620

156 – 09/10/13 – Chester, MT – Chester City Park

157 – 09/11/13 – Cut Bank, MT – City Park

158 – 09/12/13 – Browning, MT – Museum of the Plains Indian

159 – 09/13/13 – West Glacier, MT – Glacier National Park

160 – 09/15/13 – Kailispell, MT – Elks Lodge #725

161 – 09/16/13 – Libby, MT – VFW Post #1504

162 -  09/17/13 – Sandpoint, ID – VFW Post #1540

163 – 09/18/13 -  Newport, WA – Thousand Trails Little Diamond RV Resort

164 – 09/19/13 – Airway Heights, WA – VFW Post #3386

165 – 09/20/13 – Coulee City, WA – City Community Park

166 – 09/21/13 – Cashmere, WA – American Legion Post #64

167 – 09/22/13 – Leavenworth, WA – Thousand Trails Leavenworth RV Resort

168 – 09/24/13 – Monroe, WA – Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort

169 – 10/02/13 – Lacey, WA – American Legion Post #94

170 – 10/04/13 – Wilsonville, OR – Moose Lodge #1598

171 – 10/05/13 – Springfield, OR – Moose Lodge #1726

172 – 10/06/13 – Medford, OR – Eagles Club #2093

173 – 10/08/13 – Redding, CA – Moose Club #1006

174 – 10/09/13 – Nicolaus, CA – Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort

175 – 10/10/13 – Murphys, CA – Mary’s Home

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…

USA1MU

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

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

2010 Year In Review…

December 31, 2010

Jim says:

2010 was a great RVing year for me. Here’s some on the places I visited, things I did and people met along the way in the about 17,500 miles…

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* Arizona
Yuma with a walk-in to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico
Apache Junction
Old Tucson Film Studios in Tucson
Biosphere 2, in Oracle
Chiricahua National Monument deep in Apache Country for three days

* New Mexico
Deming with a walk-in to Palomas, Mexico

* Texas
Big Bend National Park for three days
Judge Roy Bean Museum in Langtry
National Museum of the World War II Pacific War Museum at Fredericksburg
Luckenback, population 3
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park at Stonewall

* Louisana
Fred’s Lounge in Eunice
Jean LaFitte National Preserve at Barataria
Mardi Gras in New Orleans for two weeks
Battle of New Orleans site at Chalmette
The mouth of the Mississippi River at Venice
Pilot Town, an island ten miles into the Gulf of Mexico
Bayou Terrbonne to Houma marshlands
Mandalay National Wildlife Preserve and Bayou Black Swamp tour
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at Thibodaux
Mr. Charlie Oil Rig Museum at Morgan City
The Oldest Rice Mill and Birthpace of Cajun Country at New Iberia
Tabasco factory and the Annual great Gator Race at New Iberia
Rice and Crawfish country in Crowley
Jean LaFitte Nation Historic Park at Lafayette
Martin Accordion Factory at Lafayette
Saints Football Team Parade at Opelousas
Historic Town of Washington
A visit at the home Greg Girard, famous Louisiana Author at Catahoula
The Great Atchafaylaya Swamp
Louisiana’s Angloa Maximum Security Prison 25 miles from St. Francisville
Civil War Battlefield at Port Hudson
State Capital Building at Baton Rouge
The Last Wilderness Ultimate Swamp Tour
Nottaway Plantation at White Castle
Laura Plantation at Vacherie
Bayou Segnette State Park at Westwego

* Mississippi
Beauvoir – Last Home Of Jefferson Davis, Biloxi,
U.S. Highway 90 and Hurricane Katrina Ground Zero damage area

* Florida
National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola for three days
Blue Angels Precision Flaying Team at Pensacola
Historical Museum at Pensacola
Fort Barrancas at Pensacola
Gulf Islands National Seashore

* South Carolina
A week-long visit with my friends Bob and Judy Michaud at Summerton
Santee National Wildlife Refuge at Summerton

* North Carolina
Asheville
Cherokee Indian Museum at Cherokee

* North Carolina and Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

* North Carolina and Virginia
Blue Ridge Parkway

* Virginia
Skyline drive
A visit with Mary’s stepdaughter and her family at Front Royal

* West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Park

* Pennsylvania
Gettysburg National Military Historic Park
Hershey Chocolate Factory at Hershey
Dutch/Amish Country in Lancaster County
The Covered Bridge Tour of Lehigh County

* New Jersey
A visit with my friends Jim and Ginnie Palumbo in Wayne
Thomas Edison National Historical Park at west Orange
A visit with my cousin Simone and her husband Pat in Bergenfield

* Connecticut
A visit with my cousin Diane and her husband Bob at Hebron
A visit with my son Jim and his family at Ivoryton
Katherine Hepburn Museum at Old Saybrook
Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and U.S, Navy Submarine Museum at Groton
United States Coast Guard academy at New London
Ivoryton Playhouse and The Buddy Holly Story
The largest casino in the United States at Foxwood
Mystic Seaport
Amistad Exhibit at New London

* Rhode Island
Millionaire “Summer Cottages” at Newport

* Massachusetts
A visit with several different cousins and their families at New Bedford
Whaling Museum at New Bedford
The Island of Martha’s Vineyard for one week
Chappaquiddick Island
A week on Cape Cod including Hyannisport and Provincetown
Sandwich Glass Museum at Sandwich
A visit with old school friends at Revere
The first public beach in the United States at Revere
97th Annual Portuguese Feast/Festival
Lowell’s Boat Shop at Amesbury
Newburyport
Manchester
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and Fisherman’s Memorial
Rockport

* New Hampshire
Portsmouth

* New York
U. S. Army West Point Military Academy

* Michigan
Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn
Motown Music Museum and Ford F150 Pickup Assembly Plant Tour in Detroit

* Indiana
RV Museum at Elkhart
Fleetwood Motorhome Factory at Decatur
Workhorse Chassis Factory at Union City
Little Italy Festival in Clinton

* Nebraska
High Plains Museum at McCook

* Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado at Craig

* Nevada
National Automobile Museum at Reno

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In addition those identified there were many other smaller museums, numerous restaurants and other experiences during the about 17,500 miles of 2010.
Whew! It was quite a year!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

Jim says:

While Mary and I are taking care of business here at her home…there is little “new stuff” to Blog about daily. So I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite photos from our recent 298 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip around the United States.

Since scenery and people snapshot-type photos require little special photography skills…and being limited by the abilities of my digital camera…I none the less took some photos that I really liked. They are presented in no special order of favoritism. If you desire to see more associated photos and information about this area, you will need to find this date in the archive files of this Blog.

Today’s photos were taken at West Point Military Academy, New York on August 15, 2010……

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In other news…
58 degrees, partly cloudy during the day and rain/snow showers and 31 degrees at night. In the below photo you can see my Bronco in the far background with a light coating of snow on the roof. Time for me to get out of here!

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Departure date for me is Monday, November 29th. Mary will join me in Phoenix, Arizona on January 5th, 2001.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
My three books may be purchased at http://www.lulu.com
Just enter Jim Jaillet in the search box.

New Windsor, New York

August 15, 2010

Jim says:

Yesterday I inadvertently reported we had just finished spending 48 days in New England…ooops, my mistake, I meant 78 days. After which my nine-year-old grand-daughter really didn’t want us to leave. While I was hitching the Bronco to the motorhome she laid on the driveway in front of the Bronco. In the below photo you can see her dad gently trying to pull her out of our way.

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He finally got her moved and we said our last farewells. Three hours and about 150 miles later we arrived at American Legion Post #1796 where we parked for the evening. Our friends Ginnie and Jim Palumbo drove up from their home in Wayne, New Jersey to spend the remainder of the afternoon with us. On a recommendation from a local American Legion member, we found a great smaller Italian restaurant only about a mile away. We enjoyed a great meal of freshly made pasta. That’s the only downside of the full-time RVing lifestyle…long separations from family and good friends.

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Today Mary and I will go on a two-hour tour of the West Point Military Academy about 12 miles distant.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
My three books may be purchased at http://www.lulu.com
Just enter Jim Jaillet in the search box.

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut

August 14, 2010

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I spent our last full day in New England at a most appropriate place. Mystic Seaport may be New England’s largest tourist attraction. It all began back in 1851. Mystic Seaport, founded in 1929, actively pursues the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and skills related to maritime history and its influence on American life. It is a privately operated, non-profit institution.

It functions as a living history museum consisting of a village, ships and 19 acres of exhibits depicting coastal life in New England in the 19th century. We spent five hours here and did not come close to seeing all the exhibits. It’s a most interesting place.

Here are 11 photos I took while there…

First is a picture of me with my new hat. I lost my trademark white floppy hat in Salem, Massachusetts a couple of weeks ago. I really like my new hat because it’s lightweight, keeps my head cool and the wide brim shields the sun from my eyes. Now all I have to do is lose 30 pounds, grow a scraggly beard, put a stogy cigar in my mouth and I’ll look just like Clint Eastwood! :)

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To see the other 86 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/MysticSeaport081310#

Here’s the official Mystic Seaport link…
http://www.mysticseaport.org/

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystic_Seaport

Today we depart New England after being here for 48 days. Our destination for tonight is planned to be New Windsor, New York>

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
My three books may be purchased at http://www.lulu.com
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Jim says:

Yesterday we drove about 75 miles and just barely made it into New England. We’re about two miles into Connecticut where we spent the night at a large Connecticut Welcome Center Parking lot. As a general statement, in comparison to the western states…New England is not RV friendly.

By that I mean…
* the roads are narrower and used by lots more vehicles,
* there are fewer campgrounds and they are much more expensive. A Connecticut State Park Campground will cost a non-resident $40 a night,
* RV dump stations are fewer in number and harder to find.
* because the area is older, the American Legion, VFW, Moose and Eagles parking lots which I use a lot are generally located near the center of cities/towns with little to no parking room for an RV.

We spent the night here because there’s an RV dump station and it has a large RV parking area separate from the trucks and it is located well away from Interstate Highway 84, so it has a low traffic-noise.

Here’s four photos…
Along the west bank of the Hudson River in New York, I took this photo of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station where I worked as a Mechanical Quality Control Engineer 1969 -1971. It’s located just South of Peekskill, New York.

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We crossed the Hudson River on the Bear Mountain Bridge…

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Since there was no convenient place to photograph the bridge…here’s a photo I took in the winter of 1978…

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Here’s our parking spot as seen this morning…

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Yesterday it was hot and humid…88 degrees and 95% humidity. Today’s forecast is 91 degrees with intermittent thunder storms. The Weather Wimp…that’s the name Mary has given me…says YUK!

Today we continue our journey in an Easterly direction.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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