Yesterday I drove the motorhome 168 miles from Rogue River, Oregon  over the Siskiyou Mountains to Redding, California. The entire drive was on Interstate Highway 5 which meant lots of 18 wheelers.

Because of an early winter-type storm in the area, we saw lots of unusual and pretty cloud formations along 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…

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Mount Shasta was more cloud-covered than Mary or myself had ever seen it in the many times we have driven by…

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Lake Shasta remains really low in comparison to past years…

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We parked behind what WAS Moose Lodge 1006…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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I say WAS…because they are closed. I found several volunteer members cleaning out the building which was recently sold to avoid bankruptcy. It’s a situation we see all to frequently as we travel these United States. Many fraternal organizations (American Legion, Eagles, Elks, Moose and VFW) seem to be fighting the same battle…insufficient membership activity to meet the financial obligations to run the club. This club told us they will be downsizing to a smaller building rather than closing their doors like many others have been forced to do. This club has been in existence 102 years and in this building since the early 1950’s. They also told us their new site will have RV parking.

It’s truly a sad statement about today’s United States involvement in organizations that do so much good for so many people.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

With regards to my upcoming cataract surgery..my pre-op exam and consultation is set for September 29 at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California…surgery is scheduled for October 9th.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day with rain at night and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 74 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

The motorhome is parked at the Valley of the Rogue State Park in Rogue River, Oregon. We will depart later this morning.

Yesterday I drove the Bronco the 15 miles to Wimer, Oregon. This is where Mary’s rental property is located. Last year the old mobile home was flooded and destroyed beyond repair by frozen pipes. Mary is having her son Doug there to build a replacement house. Mary wanted to inspect the property as went passed through the area.

The below Google earth image shows the general area with our camping location marked by the “X” and Wimer by the “W”…

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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This couple did the Turkey Trot by our motorhome yesterday morning…

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One way to get to Wimer is by this one-lane covered bridge which crosses Evans Creek which flows into the Rogue River. Mary’s property has Evan Creek frontage…

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She has seven acres here. Her son is living in the fifth wheel trailer during the construction…

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I lent Mary my poncho so she could walk her property without getting drenched by the steady rain. The foundation form is ready for the concrete pour…

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Satisfied that she has done all that she can for forward progress of the job…we will cross back into California today.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

With regards to my upcoming cataract surgery..my pre-op exam and consultation is set for September 29 at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California…surgery is scheduled for October 9th.

Yesterday was a steady rain day at 63 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 74 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

2

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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The weather was perfect, warm and balmy with a lovely breeze blowing off the river. We are staying at the Valley of the Rogue State Park with walking trails next to the mighty Rogue River. It was protected as a wild and scenic river under the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  Located in southwestern Oregon, it flows 215 miles from Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. The 84 mile, Congressionally designated “National Wild and Scenic” portion of the Rogue begins 7 miles west of Grants Pass and ends 11 miles east of Gold Beach.

DSC05343 (Copy)On the river path, several well warn spots from former campers provides access to swim in the river if you want to, at your own risk, of course. At this spot, someone built a stone pool, maybe to entrap salmon, or maybe to take a safe dunk.

DSC05345 (Copy) The park has a salmon viewing platform and from all information gathered, the spawning season is upon us, Sept. and Oct. But we didn’t see one jumping salmon in the Rogue.  We are here because I have property at East Evans Creek. It flows into the Rogue. My place was flooded, not by wild lands flooding, but frozen and broken pipes on the inside destroyed it beyond redemption. We had to stay here because my son is in the process of building on my place, and cement trucks need the turn around space.

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The park used to have beautiful views of the mountains. Now, they have the scar of a clear cut. I hate mentioning negatives, but if we ignore them, nothing changes. Clear cuts are not necessary to sustain a lumber industry. Sustainable logging is not only possible, but healthier for birds, animals, insects, rivers, watershed, air quality and their industry. Greed is the defining push for clear cutting. Every one I see angers me.

In fact, coastal Washington and areas of Oregon have been taken over by an invasive but beautiful plant, scotch broom. Not on this trip, but another, we’ve seen entire clear cuts filled with scotch broom preventing native plants from re-growth.  What puzzles me is why nurseries in Washington, Oregon and California allow the sale of invasive species.

The park is spacious, and well treed. But it too, is a victim of invasive  star thistle. We walked through patches of it on our way to the trails. Even so,  I can imagine the beauty of this park, what it once looked like. Green and beautiful, a refreshing river. And, I’m grateful for whatever pieces of our wild land heritage we can save to savor what this land was like in the past.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 150 miles from Springfield to Rogue River, Oregon. We are parked in the Valley Of The Rogue State Park. We will depart tomorrow.

You can read all about this park by clicking this link…http://www.oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=76

The below Google earth image shows the general area with our camping location marked by the :X”…

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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Our camping spot a short walk from the Rogue River…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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After our arrival we took about a one mile walk on the River Edge Trail…

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We are enjoying our stay at this quiet and pretty park.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

With regards to my upcoming cataract surgery..my pre-op exam and consultation is set for September 29 at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California…surgery is scheduled for October 9th.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 83 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with showers and 67 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…

WI

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

2

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

IT HASTA BE SHASTA

May 6, 2011

Its so brilliantly white, just popping up in front of you from the surrounding green, its hard to believe its real. Even through the bug spattered windshield, Mt. Shasta is an imposing sight. We moved from Redding to Rogue River, Oregon. Driving over the Siskiyous is always a beautiful, scenic trip at this time of year. But, Shasta…is Shasta. The most snow I’ve ever seen on her slopes at this time of year.

Lake Shasta, usually has a red soil  line beneath the trees from its all time high level. This is the first time I’ve seen it with the water sloshing up to tree level.

As we got closer, I couldn’t resist shot after shot of this gorgeous mountain.

And the startling Black Butte was equally beautiful, with more greenery than I can remember, and with a slash of snow in a crevice as well.

The State of Jefferson has a bigger sign, freshly painted, most likely reflecting new activity from the proposed new leadership such as Mark Smith who has gone to Washington D.C. three times as a delegate to push their cause.

On my own property in Rogue River, the river was deep and wide with only a small section of white water and one downed tree with a root ball sticking up in the air.

I got my fire suppression arranged so I can sign off when the work is done. Oregon wants a personal certification from the land owner that you’ve complied with the removal of any endangering vegetative fuels. There is plenty of that this year. All is well. I love this place on the river, despite the fact that about half of my   seven acres floods every now and then  according to the neighbors. The mobile and well house have never been under water, though as far back as anyone can remember.

Wimer, Oregon

May 6, 2011

Yesterday Mary and I crossed into Oregon and ended up spending the night at her seven acre rental property along Evans Creek, a tributary of the Rogue, River about 13 miles north of the City of Rogue River.

Mary needed to stop here to ensure her renter had cleared the property properly to comply with the new fire codes. As the owner she has to sign a statement that she has complied with the new law.

Along the way yesterday we passed Lake Shasta. In all the years I’ve been transiting through this area, I’ve never seen the lake so full. In recent years, it’s been way down.

Also passed by Mount Shasta. Both Mary and I remarked at never having seen so much snow on the mountain at this time of year. Recently the Seattle PI (a newspaper for whom I Blog) reported that this past April was the coldest on record for Seattle. The whole west coast was very cold and rainy this past winter.

Today we’ll drive about 175 miles to Florence on the Oregon Coast for a four-day stay at Thousand Trails South Jetty RV Resort.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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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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