Blue Lake, California

May 3, 2014

Mary is traveling with her 14-year-old grandson on a trip to Turkey. I expect her to catch up with me sometime in mid-May somewhere in Oregon.

Yesterday I drove the 138 miles from Redding to Blue Lake, California. The entire drive was on California Highway 299, a road I had not driven before. I crossed the Klamath Mountains with lots of up and down, curvy and winding roads. I also passed through the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Several summits, the highest being 3,213 feet. The trip took four hours and passed through a number of small mountain villages. I parked overnight at the Blue Lake Casino. A nice and quiet night’s sleep.

Here are some of the photos I took yesterday…

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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My parking spot at the Blue Lake Casino…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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After three days in the mid-90’s, Yesterday I drove west to a point only about six miles from the Pacific Ocean. The effect was wonderful! It was a partly cloudy/sunny day with a high temperature of 65 degrees. Today’s forecast is partly cloudy and 60 degrees. A bit cool, but delightful compared to the mid-90’s!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

Redding, California

May 2, 2014

Mary is traveling with her 14-year-old grandson on a trip to Turkey. I expect her to catch up with me sometime in mid-May somewhere in Oregon.

Yesterday I drove the 131 miles from Nicolaus to Redding, California. Most of the trip was on California Highway 99, a much more pleasant drive than yesterday’s drive on Interstate Highway 5. Much of 99 passes through miles of orchards…

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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Along the way I stopped at a couple of GoodWill stores to buy some used books to add to my waiting-to-be read collection. Arriving at Redding, I parked at Moose Lodge #1006…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a sunny day at 95 degrees. Forecast for Redding today is sunny at 95 degrees. Too dang hot! This morning I’m heading due west to the California coast to escape this terrible heat. The forecast for my destination of McKinleyville is only 60 degrees. A little cool but much better than this horrible heat!

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

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

USA1RE

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

Nicolaus, California

October 10, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 135 miles from Redding to Nicolaus, California.

I started the day driving south on Interstate Highway 5…

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 about 30 miles I reached Red Bluff on got on California Highway 99 South. With slower speed limits and a lot less of 18 wheelers, it’s a lot less stressful and more pleasant drive through miles of fruit orchards. It goes through a number of small towns with an occasional traffic light…

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On the two-lane portions, speed limits are typically 55 miles per hour…

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With an occasional road repair…

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On the four-lane portions, speed limits are typically 65 miles per hour. California State Law has a maximum of 55 miles per hour for all towing vehicles. Since I’m towing the Bronco, that means me…

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Near my overnight parking location there are lots of walnut orchards…

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I spent the night at Thousand Trails Lake Minden RV Resort of which Mary and I are members. The X marks my location in the below Google Earth image…

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There are no pull-thru sites, so I backed the Bronco in first and hitched back up to the motorhome so I’m ready to roll this morning…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Lake Minden is a convenient place to spend the night when approaching Mary’s home from the north. I’ll continue my southerly journey later this morning. Google Earth is telling me I’ve got 113 miles to go until I arrive at Mary’s home at Murphys, California.

Last night I watched another old movie from the 1940’s. This time it was 1943 – Ox Bow with Henry Fonda. Another classic!

Enjoying Thousand Trails RV Resorts is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

USA1NI

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

Redding, California

October 9, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 148 miles from Medford, Oregon to Redding, California.

The day started sunny and clear, but as I drove south on Interstate Highway 5, I began climbing the steep grade to the Siskiyou Mountains Pass at elevation 4,310 which was shrouded in low clouds and is the highest elevation on Interstate Highway 5…

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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Six miles later I crossed into California and the low clouds had cleared…

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Much of the drive through northern California is quite scenic…

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The first glimpse of Mt. Shasta with an elevation of 14,162 feet is seen in the distance on the right…

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Shastina had a pretty cloud cover…

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Here’s a closer look at Mt. Shasta as I passed over Black Butte Pass at elevation 3,962 feet…

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Lake Shasta as seen through the very dirty passenger-side windshield was the lowest I have ever seen it…

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While it’s a pretty drive, with all the ups, downs, twisting, tuning roadway and lots of 18 wheeled tractor trailers, it’s also a tiring drive. Three hours later I arrived at Redding, California where I parked in the rear lot of Moose Club #1006…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo. There’s a nice pool hidden behind the trees…

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I’m pleased to report that even during the very steep climb up the Siskiyou Pass, the newly refurbished motorhome cooling system performed flawlessly. The needle of the heat gauge never moved off of the normal position. The motorhome pulled this very steep climb without even thinking about raising a sweat!

I spent the afternoon reading, taking a nap, doing some computer work and visiting with the local Moose members. I’ll continue my southerly journey later this morning. Google Earth is telling me I’ve got 247 miles to go until I arrive at Mary’s home at Murphys, California.

Last night I watched another old movie from the 1940’s. This time it was 1942 –  Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Another classic!

Enjoying friendly Moose Clubs 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 Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1RE

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

Yesterday Mary and I drove the about 175 miles from Wimer to Florence, Oregon. Two days ago in Redding, California we were struggling with 90 degree temperatures. Roughly 350 miles north and on the Oregon coast, yesterday it was cloudy with showers and 55 degrees! The forecast for the next four days we are scheduled to be here is for more of the same.

After about 100 miles on Interstate Highway 5, we headed west for the coast on Oregon Highway 38 and 138…also known as the Umpqua River Scenic Roadway.

Scenic it was indeed! Here are a few photos…

We stopped at a wayside called Brandy Bar for lunch…

The view from our dinette window. With the exception of the windshield…this is the largest window in our motorhome and where we eat out meals. It’s a delightful window…the beautiful scenery  just keeps on changing on a very regular basis…nice!

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

Okay, I’ll admit it…I’ve never said this to anyone, but…back in 2003, when I studied the possibility of taking an RV trip to the other side of the Panama Canal and then actually doing it in 2004…I thought that was a pretty brave thing to do. The best I could find out back in those days was…no one had spent almost one year wandering around in Mexico and Central America with an RV. In 2004, I did just that with some friends. Only two of us completed the pre-planned 16,000+ miles through eight different countries. I’ve often thought to myself…that was a pretty brave thing to do…like, you know, the TV show Star Trek…”To go where no one has gone before… in an RV!”

Yesterday afternoon Mary and I arrived in Redding, California and parked overnight at Moose Lodge #1006…the friendliest Moose Lodge in the country. I’ve stayed overnight here a number of times. Yesterday while there, I met Mel Jensen…the bravest RVer I’ve ever met!

Okay, he openly admits it was purely by accident. Last year when he was back east exploring around New York City he and his wife accidentally ended up in downtown Manhattan with his 23 foot fifth wheel RV…he even went around Ground Zero. A place I would never venture with an RV! He told me of how the traffic cops were doing double-takes because it was obvious they had never seen an RV in downtown Manhattan!

As a preview to my next part of this story, you need to know that for a number of years I lived within one hour of New York City…so I know the  area fairly well.

In 2007 when I crossed over the Tappan Zee Bridge headed to visit friends and family in New England…I was looking for the Westchester Expressway and somehow missed a sign (that may not have even been there) and before I knew it I was headed for downtown New York City…no place for an RV! Realizing my situation, I reversed direction to the north and found my way into New England.

While I realize Mel did it by accident, it was still interesting to meet someone who has been somewhere with an RV that I have not been.

Now I’m certain other folks have taken an RV to where I’ve not been…but, I’ve not heard of another that has been (even by accident) in downtown Manhattan with an RV and for that Mel Jensen deserves the acknowledgement of his feat!

In other news…

When we arrived in Redding yesterday afternoon, it was a toasty 90 degrees and sunny. Much to the dislike of the Weather Wimp (as my life-partner calles me). What’s happening with the weather???? For the last couple of months it’s been far too cold and in the space of a couple of days it’s too hot. For us, the dramatic temperature differences happened so fast that our bodies haven’t had time to acclimate so the heat hit us really hard. We even fired up the motorhome air conditioner for a couple of hours so we would be able to sleep,  “Double Yuk” says the Weather Wimp!

The weather forecast for Redding today is 88 degrees. After an 8:00 AM motothome oil change and lube appointment, we’ll continue north across Siskiyous Pass to our destination for today of Rogue River, Oregon where the forecast is for sunny and 73 degrees. Mucho bettero!

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

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