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

Grosse Ile, Michigan

August 16, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 105 miles from Norwalk, Ohio to Grosse Ile, Michigan. Grosse Ile is an island located in the Detroit River about 20 miles south of Detroit. We are here to visit with my long-time friends Art & Sue Lambart. It was Art who got me started in photography back in 1974. Here are some photos that I took…

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…

Crossing on to the island…

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We parked in my friend’s driveway…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday morning I discovered the battery in the Bronco had gone dead. A cable between the motorhome does a number of jobs including keeping the Bronco battery charged…

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I spent about three hours trying to resolve the problem to no avail. I have had no training for automotive electrics, so this morning I’ll take it to a shop recommended by my friend Art. Once the problem is resolved we’ll continue our journey, now heading north towards the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where Mary lived for the first 14 years of her life. We’ll visit some of her relatives and friends while there.

Here we are reliving the old days. Mary is enjoying a sip of Art’s 40-year-old Pinch Scotch…

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Art has been a competition shooter for most of his life and once was the Michigan State Champion for hand guns. He showed us a recent target shot with one hand at 50 yards with a 45 caliber hand gun. Remarkable shooting for a 70-year-old man…

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While heading out for an evening meal I shot this photo of their tall oak trees…

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Here’s the restaurant we went to…

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Where we enjoyed a delicious meal…

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Enjoying visiting with long-time friends 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 Pennsylvania. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1GI

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

MORE ROAD, MORE FOOD.

August 15, 2013

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We traveled from Clarion, PA to Norwalk, Ohio on the interstate 80 West. DSC08263 (Copy)

A bit of rain and cold.

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Another scary, narrow construction corridor. This one warned no vehicles wider than 12 feet. We are 10 and one-half from mirror to mirror, but our body is 8 and one-half.  I saw a big steel truck hub cap reduced to a crushed piece of steel at the end of the corridor. Some driver didn’t have a good day.

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We put up at a very friendly Elks Club in Norwalk. From a wide menu of choices I ordered  yellow lake perch and  forgot to take a picture of it. It was delicious, anyway. But, more about food from Smithsonian’s  Morena Koren.

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Indianapolis lays claim to St. Elmo’s Steakhouse that serves this sassy shrimp cocktail. The large boiled shrimp are served with a fiery sauce made of Missouri-grown, horseradish guaranteed to clear your sinuses. St. Elmo’s is a hundred years old and has a tradition of serving their specialty navy bean soup or a glass of tomato juice with each entree. A bit different but with 100 years of popular business, who can argue with that? Sounds good to me. (photo by Lisa Sperlman)

New Orleans Café Du Monde’s famous coffee and beignets  (pronounced ben yays) date back to the Civil War, when the original coffee stand opened in 1862. Du Mondes serves a trademark java black or au lait with a New Orleans twist. It’s blended with chicory, the root of the endive plant, which softens the dark roasted coffee’s bitter edge. Anybody who has traveled to New Orleans stops to try these powdery confections right on the major square in town.  I wouldn’t travel particularly to eat a beignet. For me, once was enough. Then, I’m not a doughnut lover. Du Mondes certainly qualifies as an iconic choice of the locals and the tourists alike. They flock there in droves.

Du Mondes is not the only doughnut that made Koren’s list. The Voo Doo Doughnut shop in Portland appeals to people because it is quirky and creative.  Koren states that when it first opened in 2003, it sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil and coated with Pepto-Bismol, until the health department stopped the process. But, customers love Voodoo. It serves a voodoo doll shaped doughnut oozing with jelly, another strange offering is a doughnut coated with frosting and Cap’n Crunch. Or you can try dirty snowballs topped with coconut, marshmallow and a glob of peanut butter.  Then there is the Tex-Ass Challenge.  Customers can gobble down a giant doughnut six times bigger than usual within 80 seconds and win their $3.95 back. You just can’t repress a doughnut lover and if that describes you, it’s worth a trip.

Since we are talking West Coast, you might want to wander into the Boudin Bakery in San Francisco. You can buy the traditional San Francisco sour dough the city is famous for in your burger, or grilled cheese or a carved out bread bowl filed with another famous San Francisco treat, clam chowder.  Legend has it that the “mother dough”, a yeasty culture used in each batch of bread, was rescued in a bucket during the 1906 earthquake and is part of the original mother dough developed during the gold rush by a French Immigrant. Its bakers also churn out hearth-baked kalamata olive, walnut and ciabatta breads, as well as loaves shaped into crabs, turtles and turkeys. I love the city and will put this one on my bucket list.

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At Corky’s BBQ of Memphis, has been rated the city’s top barbecue joint 22 times since 1984.  Corky’s meats are slow cooked over hickory wood and charcoal. Every pork shoulder is hand pulled, and chefs meticulously trim each slab of ribs.  Waiters clad in bowties and white shirts serve the ribs two ways: The dry version is basted with a special sauce and sprinkled with a spice and salt rub, while wet ribs are doused with Corky’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Both come with a healthy mound of baked beans, coleslaw and fresh-baked rolls.(Photo by Tom Borton.)

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Joe’s Stone Crab of Miami was a star location in Ian Flemming’s book, Goldfinger.  Joe’s  has been serving its signature dish of stone crab legs, a Floridian delicacy, since its real estate boasted only a few picnic tables in 1913 (today, the restaurant seats 475). The legs are served chilled with mustard sauce and come in four sizes, from medium to jumbo. But the restaurant’s best-kept secret isn’t surf or turf—it is surprisingly cheap which loyal customers know and tourists find out if they ask. The locals like Joe’s key lime pie after their dinner.  I’d jump on that meal in a minute. Yum. again, my mouth is watering and I just had breakfast. (Photo Getty Group.)

 

Norwalk, Ohio

August 15, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 189 miles from Clarion, Pennsylvania to Norwalk, Ohio. Most of the trip was on Interstate Highway 80 which in Pennsylvania was undergoing a number of bridge repairs…

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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A quick photo from a bridge…

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Once in Ohio, Interstate Highway 80 became the Ohio Turnpike on which we drove 66 miles. The only differences from Pennsylvania was it became three lanes, there were fewer exits and we paid $10.75 for the privilege…

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Leaving the Ohio Turnpike we traveled about 35 miles on Ohio Highway 20…

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Where we arrived at Elks Lodge #730 in Norwalk, Ohio and parked for the night…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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Folks were friendly here and we enjoyed a nice evening meal.

At 5:30 AM this morning it was a cool 55 degrees. Delightful! We will continue our westerly travels later this morning.

Enjoying a friendly Elks Lodge 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 Pennsylvania. 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

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 60 miles from Point Pleasant to Parkersburg, West Virginia. I began in West Virginia and ended in West Virginia, but because of the way the Ohio River zig-zags, most of the drive occurred on Ohio State Highway 7 that had very light traffic and ran alongside the Ohio River a good part of the way.

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…

Before leaving Point Pleasant we had some morning fog so I went outside to see what I could see…and this is what I saw…

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We crossed back into Ohio over this pretty bridge as seen from a Wal-Mart parking lot…

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Going across the bridge…

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Along the way we passed through Pomeroy, Ohio with the Ohio River on the right…

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On this bridge we crossed the Ohio River into Parkersburg, West Virginia…

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Where we ended up at a very friendly VFW Post #1212…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Getting up close to the dinette window and looking down I could see a small stream and told Mary we are parked on waterfront property! :)

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Other than the excessive heat and humidity we enjoyed a nice stay.

We will move along later this morning.

Enjoying very friendly VFW Posts is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of West Virginia. 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

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 65 miles from Ashland, Kentucky to Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Most of the drive occurred on Ohio State Highway 7 that had very light traffic and for the most part ran alongside the Ohio River.

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…

Leaving Ashland we crossed the Ohio River on this blue bridge into Ohio. The green bridge on the left carries the traffic from Ohio into Kentucky…

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On Highway 7 with the Ohio River on our right…

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From Gallipolis, Ohio we crossed the Ohio River on the Silver Memorial Bridge…

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which replaced the Silver Bridge…

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which collapsed in 1967 killing 47 people due to a failure of these components…

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You can learn all about the Silver Bridge collapse by clicking this YouTube link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpGVP5yU6c8

Point Pleasant is at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. The below Google Earth image shows the area. X marks our camping spot at Krodel Park and M the Point Pleasant River Museum which we visited. The Silver Memorial Bridge is lower left…

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Here’s a 180 degree panorama view of the Ohio River looking across at Ohio. The Silver Memorial Bridge is on the far left…

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Here are some of the photos that I took at the Point Pleasant River Museum which, by the way, was excellent…

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The below two photos are of live fish swimming in a large aquarium containing fish that came from the Ohio River…

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After the museum we looked at the large murals painted on the flood wall…

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Looking south down the Ohio River with the Silver Memorial Bridge in the distance…

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Downtown Point Pleasant…

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A view from the past…

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After our Visit I drove the motorhome the about two miles to Kordel Park, a Point Pleasant city owned park where we parked for the night while it rained hard for the remained of the day…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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To see the other 53 photos that I took you need to click this Picasa Web Album link which is best viewed in full screen mode…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/PointPleasantWestVirginia

You can read all about Point Pleasant by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Pleasant,_West_Virginia

We will move along later this morning.

Enjoying interesting museums is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of West Virginia. 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

A Techie And His Lady…

December 30, 2011

Yesterday I wrote about my current location here in Yuma, Arizona. Among the first friends I got to visit were Bob Parker and Donna Huffer whom I’ve known for a number of years…

They travel in this rig…total length is 66 feet…

Click to enlarge the photo…then click it again…and look at the doodads on their roof! If you do not know what they are…I’ll tell you. To create electricity there’s a whole bunch of solar panels and a wind generator. In addition there’s an Internet satellite dish as well as an anemometer to measure the wind speed. Don’t miss the kyack atop the roof of the trailer.

Speaking of the trailer…what do you suppose they have in there? Another RV?…nope! An airplane?…nope! A boat?…nope! Extra paper towels?…nope! None of the above!

It’s a mobile garage! Just like you have attached to your house. And what do you have in your garage? Well…so do they. Alongside of the motohome you can see their SUV…well that’s in the garage as they go down the highway. In addition, Bob has his workshop in there.

Bob is a retired die and tool-maker having worked for General Motors for 28 years. This also makes him a very creative person. If you think the outside of their RV is something…you should see the inside. Bob has installed all sorts of doodads to make their interior life more comfortable and convenient. Here’s a recent Blog he wrote about his solar panel installation…
http://parkerrver.blogspot.com/2011/11/solar-panel-upate.html

It truth I think he’s a borderline mad scientist!  :) Actually he’s a real nice guy who just enjoys being creative. Need a problem solved? Bob’s your guy!

I  think he’s just about out of ideas on what more he can do to their rig. So he helps other folks do things with their rigs. He ended up giving me a couple of ideas which I can use in my rig. When I get them done…I’ll tell you about them.

Bob and Donna are full-timers and very active Geo-cashers…which requires a GPS device…naturally! They go everywhere! Here’s some further information about them that comes from their Blog…

Donna has been on the road since 1998 and Bob since 2004. We are both from Salem, Ohio and met December 2005 on the desert below Quartzsite AZ, having not met previously in Ohio. We joined together and are traveling in a motorhome we purchased together in 2007. We are discovering the country together and even though Donna has been to 49 states she is enjoying seeing new sites with Bob that she hasn’t seen before and he is enjoying seeing everything for the first time. Follow us in our journey across this great land and let us know of places we shouldn’t miss along the way Donna & Bob

You might enjoy following their travels on their Blog at http://parkerrver.blogspot.com/

That’s another thing I love about the full-timing RV lifestyle…you get to meet so any neat and unusual folks!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Sandusky, Ohio

August 20, 2010

Jim says:

Yesterday Mary and I continued our journey towards Grosse Isle, Michigan on yet another hot and humid day.

Along the way we passed through Cleveland, Ohio.

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Passing through Cleveland, Ohio.

Where we got our first sighting of Lake Erie.

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Our first view of Lake Erie.

We ended our day’s travels at American Legion Post #83 in Sandusky, Ohio. This post is the largest American Legion Post in Ohio and the third largest in the nation.

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American Legion Post #83

We are parked in their back parking lot trying to get a little shade from the trees.

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Back parking lot.

Inside it’s a beautiful building. They have a great menu at very reasonable prices. Mary and I both enjoyed a tasty meal complete with soup, salad and two large draft beers for a grand total of $14.44!

We spent the remainder of the afternoon sitting in the shade of the trees reading our books. We expect to arrive at our destination of Grosse Isle, Michigan mid-afternoon today.

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.

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