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In real estate they say location, location, location. We are fortunate to have a place like this in Palm Desert to enjoy. The sunrise yesterday was stellar. The palm trees were once a producing orchard for medjool dates.

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We did some speed walking, about 40 minutes around the park. I was in the pool by 9:30 for a short swim, then 10 minutes in the hot tub. Ahhh!  I like traveling about, and boondocking, but spending time in a resort is an enjoyable alternative.  Great beauty makes it that much more pleasant. At 2:00 I went line dancing in the recreation hall.  It was fun and not too difficult for a newbie to catch on.

DSC03067 (Copy)For happy hour we visited with Jan and Larry Seaberg at their permanent site. They spend winters here. We notice the parks are switching to more permanent sites and the “camping parks” as we know them are in many places phasing out.

DSC03068 (Copy)Larry, Jan, and Jim got acquainted when they lived in Washington State about 30 years ago.

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Lacy likes to socialize. She walks with everyone in the morning so the kennel isn’t as confining as it might seem.

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We walked back to our site under gray skies. Two jets seemed to be playing cross-hatch.

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We are at Diamond Caverns Resort, one of the most beautiful we’ve ever stayed in through the  Thousand Trails membership system. After the Corvette Museum, we pulled in late in the day, got set up, but didn’t have a chance to look around. Yesterday, I had a pile of paperwork to complete and mail. Returning from the post office in nearby Cave City, late in the day, we had a chance to look around.

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An old barn surrounded by mustard flower caught Jim’s eye and we stopped to take a picture.

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This big bull, I shot through the window. His harem was off in the distance on a hillside. We are near Mammouth Cave which is a National Park. It is common to find other caves in an area that has them.

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We took the opportunity to stop by the resort’s main building which is next to their golf course and is also the entrance to Diamond Caverns.  The cavern is part of that same system that created Mammouth millions of  years ago.

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Fronted by an irresistible formal garden, let the lens show you.

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Beautiful fountains, rocks and the lovely sound of water.

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Expert planning shows in the contrast of colors placed to excite the senses.

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At home, I have an iris about the color of this one. Since I’m missing them at home, I appreciate these the more.

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Honoring  many textures and leaf types.

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What a great soother after a hectic day.

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For a fee, children (adults, too) can dip the sluice boxes into the running flume water and find gemstones to take home. Cooling and clever.

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Inside the lobby, a natural stone fireplace enhanced by two parentheses geodes; beautiful wooden surfaces throughout the building.

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The picture above the fireplace is of the inside of Diamond Cavern, carefully lined with paved walkways and strung with lights,  that customers may see the beauty and color of the formations, like the ribbon of bacon top right.

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All types of gemstones, geodes, and fossils both polished and natural are sold in the gift shop. The collection is of huge examples, rather than put in your pocket samples.

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The campground part of the resort is about a half-mile distant from the resort building. It has a mini golf course.

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Kids play land.

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Welcoming rockers sit on the porch, with a bench swing, tables and lounge chairs.

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Inside is a nicely comported gym, spa, library, internet room, television and recreation hall. Outside a swimming pool, which is getting prepped to open for Memorial Day Weekend. Nice spot to spend a couple weeks, but our time will be short as we push for Connecticut for June graduation.

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical and personal business issues. She has made her airline reservations to join me at Harlingen, Texas on January 3, 2013.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails about 40 miles west of San Antonio.

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Now, how about some more deer photos that I’ve taken here at Thousand Trails Medina Lake RV Resort in Lakehills, Texas…

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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Enjoying beautiful animals in nature is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

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

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

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
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Yesterday while in Riverside, California, I had my side of our dinette cushions re-foamed. The old cushions were approaching six years old and they were ready to have this happen. Mary said her side was fine, so her cushions were not redone. I had the work done at Neff’s Upholstery, the place that originally manufactured the cushions for Fleetwood…the manufacturer of our motorhome. They’re located in an industrial park…

Here’s an interior photo. My cushions to be reworked are leaning against the work table…

Here’s a photo of the final product installed in our motorhome. I now have a firm foundation for my butt. A real improvement from the old worn-out foam…

In other news…

In yesterday’s Blog entry I described the forecasted high winds for this area. When I finished my business at Neff’s at 10:00 AM, the winds didn’t seem to bad at that time so I decided to head down the road. I had used Google Earth prior to my departure to identify several places along the way where I might find refuge if the winds got to strong.

It huffed and it puffed, so I keep my speed down to 45-50 miles per hour. It was kind of white-knuckle driving as this stretch of Interstate Highway 10 between Riverside and Indio is one of the most dangerous roadways in the United States. Over the years I’ve witnessed a number of vehicle accidents on this highway.

Despite the winds and dangerous roadway, I managed to arrive safely at my destination of Thousand Trails RV Resort in Thousand Palms, California, about 20 miles east of Palm Springs. It was 68 degrees, cloudy and still windy when I arrived at 11:30 AM. I’ve been in this campground numerous times and know that this weather is unusual…but the sun is soon scheduled to return. I expect to be here for a couple of weeks.

As you approach Palm Springs heading east on Interstate Highway 10, for several miles there is a huge wind generation farm with over one thousand windmills. While I’ve seen this sight many times, I never seen it like this…

They had them all locked down so that they could not rotate. My guess is because of expected high-velocity winds, they must have a maximum wind tolerance. Being an ex-engineer I cannot think of another reason to have them locked down. Normally they are all whirling away like crazy! Interesting…at least to an ex-engineer. :)

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is what they call themselves. In their 59th season they are also known as the Wenatchee ( a city in Washington State where they maintain their headquarters) Youth Circus…and this weekend they performed three shows here at our current camping spot at Thousand trails RV Resort in Bow, Washington.

The troupe consists of about 50 members ranging in age from 3 to 18. Their season runs from late May to early September. Yesterday Mary and I with about 250 others watched their final performance for the season under a brilliant sunny day with an afternoon temperature of 79 degrees.

I took lots of photos…but unfortunately our seats had us facing west looking…more or less…directly in the direction of the afternoon sun…so photography was very difficult at best. Here are four photos…

On the way to the circus I spotted the top of Mount Baker in the distance…

The circus area…

The circus truck…

Finally here’s Mary with two of the performers…the girl is only eight years old…

Because the sun made photography so very difficult…plus I had to stay in my seat which also restricted my photography efforts…instead I’m going to give you a link below from the Memorial Day Weekend at another Thousand Trails location here in Washington. By clicking on this link you will get a much closer-up view of the performers… http://wenatcheeyouthcircus.com/page.aspx?PageID=18

I hope you enjoyed the photos. The young people were really great!

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The rain has finally stopped…yesterday was cloudy and 64 degrees…still better than being too hot! I went for a walk around the park and here are a few photos… First the ranger station… Then my site among the beautiful fir trees…. Mary’s going to love the olympic-size swimming pool… She’s also going to enjoy the spa… One view of the lodge building… A closer view… The  adult lodge is on the lower level… A welcome sign in the hallway… The family lodge is on the upper level… And a final view of the other side of the lodge building.. You can read all about this 227 site park by clicking this link…

https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/washington/mtvernon.asp

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Yeah, you got it…a large tree on a point of land projecting into Padilla Bay of Puget Sound. It’s part of the one-half mile of waterfront of where I am currently camped at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. Here are all the photos I’ve taken so far that show the tree…

Let’s start with a couple of Google Earth views. First from 2,455 feet directly above you can see the total campground layout…

Moving slightly south and down to an elevation of 514 feet, we get a view looking in a northerly direction…

Now down on ground level here are the photos that I’ve taken…

In the last two photos, yes, it’s an Eagle which frequently can be seen there atop the tree. Even the Eagles likes it here. I would venture to say that everyone physically able who visits this campground takes the time to walk on to Lone Tree Point. It’s a very delightful, almost spiritual, kind of place.

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Just 5.5 miles east from downtown Monroe, Washington along the southern bank of the Skykomish River sits the Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort.

I am parked in what I consider to be the best campsite in the campground.

I’ll be here until Friday, June 24th.

To read all about Monroe, Washington, click this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe,_Washington

To read about the Skykomish River, click this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skykomish_River

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Travel Addicts…

June 15, 2011

After re-reading Blue Highways (see yesterday’s Blog entry) I was reminded of a file I had saved in my documents file. It’s a list of sayings from people who liked to travel…

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For the born traveler, traveling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.

- Aldous Huxley

…from the midst of dark pine forests, the isolated snowy peaks were looking out like giants. They served us for grand beacons to show the route at which we advanced in our journey.
- John C. Freemont, 1843

The traveler may feel assured, he will meet with no difficulties or dangers, excepting in rare cases, nearly so bad as he beforehand anticipates. In a moral point of view, the effect ought to be, to teach him good-humored patience, freedom from selfishness, the habit of acting for himself, and of making the best of every occurrence…Traveling ought also to teach him distrust; but at the same time he will discover, how many truly kind-hearted people there are, with whom he never before had, or ever again will have any further communication, who yet are ready to offer him the most disinterested assistance.

- Charles Darwin

To have been the Dreamer for so long and now to be the Doer, inside the dream instead of outside it, still feels like a dream.

Alyce Cornyn-Selby

Half the fun of the travel is the esthetic of lostness.

~Ray Bradbury

Muhammad says, ‘Love of one’s country is a part of the faith.’ But don’t take that literally! Your real ‘country’ is where you’re heading, not where you are.

- Rumi

I think that travel comes from some deep urge to see the world, like the urge that brings up a worm in an Irish bog to see the moon when it is full.

~Lord Dunsany

the open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.

- William Least Heat Moon

Everybody needs places to play in…where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.

- John Muir

If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.

– James Michener

. . .If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.

- Paul Bowles

I hesitated a moment to view this immense mountain, the top of which was obscured in the clouds, and the ascent appeared to be almost perpendicular.

- William Clark (Lewis and Clark)

Traveling is a learning process that takes place in a real rather than an artificial environment.

- People’s Guide to Mexico

There are places that have great strength for one that knows how to understand and feel. They are places of unique power that comes out of the depths of the earth. It can be a place apart, somewhere in the fields, in the mountains, surrounded by rocks or boulders, at the entrance of a cave, at the high summit or at the rim of a canyon…

Romayne Wheeler
Life Through the Eyes of a Tarahumara

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.

- Douglas Adams

Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing.

- Helen Keller

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Here’s my favorite saying that I picked up somewhere along the way…

A bad day of RVing, beats a good day at work!

Here’s a photo of our magic carpet, that takes us to so many wonderful places, taken at the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Soledad Canyon, California.

As Charles Kuralt from the old “On The Road” TV series used to say…”Wonder what’s around the bend?” Travel On!!!!

(By the way…I so enjoyed re-reading Blue Highways, I decided to re-read it a third time…starting again yesterday…only slower this time!)

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Texas Bigfoot Track!

February 2, 2010

Mary and I were out for a walk in Thousand Trails Lake Conroe RV Resort Park yesterday and came across this huge footprint! What else could it be except a Texas Bigfoot?

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A genuine (?) Texas Bigfoot Track!

Texans like to brag about how big everything is in Texas. Well, this guy must be really big as it was about 50 feet to the next step. Since we never saw him, we’re guessing he’s probably nocturnal. What do you think? :)

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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