Abbeville, Louisiana

May 18, 2014

Mary has safely returned home from a trip to Turkey. She’s resting and editing the many photos she took on the trip.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Seaside RV Resort in Seaside, Oregon. I expect Mary to catch up with me here around May 25th. I expect to depart here in early June.

I have stayed at this resort several times before and have thoroughly explored the area as far as tourist attractions go. While I wait for Mary’s arrival, I’m occupying my time with some light routine maintenance, cleaning, reading, walking, computer work, listening to music, etc..

A more relaxed mode..

After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, we have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months we will be traveling through areas previously explored. Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abbeville,_Louisiana

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny with showers day at 60 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with showers at 59 degrees.

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 Oregon. 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

Mary has safely returned home from a trip to Turkey. She’s home resting and busy editing the many photos she took on the trip. I expect her to catch up with me on the Oregon Coast about May 25th.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails South Jetty RV Resort in Florence, Oregon. I’ll depart from here tomorrow.

After three days of rain, it finally stopped enough so I could get out for a walk around the park. I have stayed here a number of times over the years. Here are a few 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…

 

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The adult lodge…

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These rental units are called Yurts…

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The family lodge…

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You can read all about this park by clicking this link…http://www.thousandtrails.com/oregon/south-jetty-rv-camping-resort/

Yesterday was cloudy/sunny at 58 degrees. Today’s forecast is cloudy/sunny and 63 degrees.

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 Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1FL

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

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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.

If you are a regular follower on my Blog, you know that I make frequent use of Wikipedia links to supplement information about a daily topic. I’ve already made my donation. I hope you will consider doing the same by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

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…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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. :)

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

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!

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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