The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California right across the Colorado River from Yuma, Arizona. I’m here with others…hanging out and enjoying the nice weather.

Mary is tending to business at home. She has made her flight reservations to rejoin me on January 28th.

Yesterday I drove the Bronco the 25 miles south of Yuma into San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to have my no-longer-cooling air conditioning system recharged with R-12 refrigerant which is no longer legal in the United States since 1996.

After crossing the border I drove only about one mile to Midas (mee-DAHS in Spanish). The shop opened at 8:00 AM, I arrived at 9:15 and was the only vehicle there…

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…

DSC04819

DSC04822

DSC04821

The manager asked why I did not want to convert my system to the new R-134A refrigerant explaining the cost was the same as the R-12. I said okay…let’s do it.

The job took about two hours with the majority of the time taken up by removing the system compressor, draining the oil and installing the new oil…

DSC04825

Once that was done it was time to load the R-134A refrigerant which took four cans…

DSC04827

The job completed, proved than the R-134A cools much better then the R-12. I’m glad!

The Midas shop also had an adjacent car wash which also washes motors…

DSC04834

DSC04836

DSC04842

I ended up with a clean motor and a clean Bronco…

DSC04846

DSC04845

An interesting aside about this story. Returning to the border crossing, on the advice of the Manager of Midas, I got into the furthest right of the three possible lanes of traffic. As it turned out…it was the wrong lane…

DSC04847

As I was informed by very adamant U. S. Customs Agents. The told me that this lane was only for “trusted travelers” who have passed a very detailed background check. Apologizing profusely. I explained how I happened to end up here and offered to go back to get into the correct lanes. Not easily done they gave the Bronco a brief inspection and had me sign a form that stated if I did it once again I’d be subject to monetary fines and vehicle impoundment. The one agent with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and bandoliers of shotgun shells across his chest like Pancho Villa (really) was quite pleasant about the whole affair.

Now about the glad parts…

My R-134A conversion including all parts and labor was $75 U.S. Dollars. I could not resist calling Midas in Yuma to inquire how much it would cost to convert my Bronco to r-134 and was told…figure on between $700-$800. In addition, my engine and hand-car wash in Mexico cost me only $20 in U.S. Dollars. In the United States it probably run at least $75.

Now about the sad part…

I have the equivalent of two years and about 16,000 miles exploring Mexico. I just love the Mexican people, scenery, food, music, etc… and enjoyed wandering freely about the country. That all changed on December 11, 2006 when Mexico formally declared a War on Drugs. Since that time Mexico has become a very dangerous place…relatively speaking. It is estimated that 50,000 people have died in the War on Drugs in the last six years. You can read about it by clicking this link… http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2012/05/mexicos-drug-war-50-000-dead-in-6-years/100299/

No longer being able to freely wander Mexico makes me sad! But at least I have my hundreds of photographs…and memories…

#36

#1004

#1053

#1121

#1125

#1141

#1147

You can read about San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico by clicking this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Luis_R%C3%ADo_Colorado

Yesterday was a sunny day at 72 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 75 degrees.

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…

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

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 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?feat=email

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

A Walk Into Mexico

December 24, 2013

The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California. I’m here with my friend Randy Vining and others…hanging out and enjoying the nice weather.

Mary is now expecting to rejoin me here in late January.

Yesterday morning I drove the Bronco the 25 miles south of Yuma, Arizona to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico for my annual visit with my dentist. I’ve been going to Dr. Sergio Bernal for about 10 years. I leave early so I can be first in line which means no waiting when he opens at 9:00 AM. The sun does not break the horizon until 7:40 AM which means difficult photo conditions with the sun so low on the horizon.

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…

Right at the border on the Arizona side, I park the Bronco in a free city park…

DSC04810

Then walk across the border crossing. No cameras allowed beyond this point…

DSC04812

Once into Mexico, it’s only about a one minute walk…

DSC04813

Turn left and here’s his office…

DSC04814

Sergio has a nice two chair facility where he provides very good services (he’s a dental surgeon) at very good prices compared to the United States. In my case a checkup and cleaning was $20. Such a deal!. Here he is with his dental assistant…

DSC04816

About a one minute walk back to the border crossing to re-enter the United States took about a 15 minute wait in line…

DSC04817

Even with six lanes in progress, entering the United States by vehicle is about a two-hour wait in a very long line…

DSC04818

I’m all set dental-wise (hopefully) for another year. Sergio told me that for an old guy, I’ve still got really good teeth!  :)

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny and 72 degrees.

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…

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

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 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/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 2013

Yesterday Mary and I walked across the border into Los Algodones, Sonora, Mexico. Why did we do that…you ask? So Mary could visit her dentist.

It’s reputed that within a four block radius there are more pharmacies, doctors, dentists and opticians here, than a similar four block area anywhere else in the world! Daily thousands of American and Canadian Snowbirds visit Los Algodones. I’ve been here a number of times…Mary first went there with me in 2009.

It can take as long as 2-3 hours later in the day to wait in line to cross back into the United States. The secret is to go early…get your business done…leave early. I abandoned Los Algodones dentists a number of years ago. My dentist is now in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico…about 20 miles south of Yuma, Arizona. I visited him about one month ago.

Here are some photos I took while Los Algodones…

As always you may click upon a photo to see and enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Walking towards the border crossing…

If you bring guns or ammunition into Mexico…you may never be seen again…

Immediately after crossing into Los Algodones…

There are LOTS of signs like these all over Los Agodones…

Here’s photo of Mary in 2009 standing in front of her then dentist’s office…

Thanks to Mary and her oldest son Ken, her dentist now has a nice, new office…

Right next door to her dentist’s office is Maria’s Factory…

A pretty painted restaurant…

With a nice courtyard…

A typical street scene…

In a small central plaza…

Trinkets of all sorts can be found…

You can also watch artistic painters working with spray cans painting pretty scenes on satellite dishes…

We stopped at our favorite eating place. You can see Mary in the background…

You cannot beat the house policy…

After you are done eating you can step in the back to wash your hands…

Lots of places to buy booze…

Lots of pharmacies…

Another typical street scene…

And then you get in line to return to the United States. It wasn’t too bad…only about a twenty-minute wait…

Unfortunately Mary needs one more appointment…so next Monday we’ll once again return to Los Algodones, Sonora, Mexico. Hopefully that will conclude Mary’s dental activity and we can head on out to the Great adventure on Tuesday. If you do not know what the Great Adventure is…you can find out by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-3lE

To find out all about Los Algodones, click this Wikipedia link…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Algodones

Here’s a good description of Los Algodones…

http://gosw.about.com/od/southwestmiscellaneous/a/Algodones.htm

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

I Walk To Mexico…

December 22, 2011

Well…okay…actually I drove to the border and walked into Mexico for my annual visit with my dentist. He’s located in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico…about 20 miles south of Yuma, Arizona. I parked the Bronco in a small city park and within a two minute walk I’m crossing into Mexico.As always you may click on the photos to see them in an enlarged view.

Here’s looking at the entry into Mexico…

Only about 1/2 small city block and I arrive at his office…

I arrived at just 9:00 AM so I’m first in line…no waiting…no appointment necessary. For only $20 I get an oral examination and a thorough cleaning.

The below photo shows Dr. Sergio Bernal who is a dental surgeon with his assistant…

I’ve been going to Dr. Bernal now for several years and have been most pleased with his services. He advised me all my teeth are looking just fine. See you next time Sergio…Mucho Gracias!

Oh…I almost forgot to show you this beautiful sunrise from two morning’s ago.

This photo is about 45 minutes before sunrise…

This photo is about five minutes before the sun comes over the horizon…

Yesterday was a delightful 71 degrees…a clear sky with a gentle breeze. Now you know why I’m here. As I’ve said a number of times in the past…it’s a lousy job, but someone’s got to do it!

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

I’m In Yuma, Arizona!

December 19, 2010

Jim says:

The day before yesterday I arrived in Yuma, Arizona.

Picture
Yuma, AZ as seen by Google Earth. It’s located in the very southwest corner of the state. My dentist is located in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico about 20 miles south-southwest of Yuma.

I’m parked in American Legion Post #19 in town.

Picture

Here’s a Wikipedia link to inform you all about Yuma, AZ…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuma,_Arizona

In past years I have spent as long as four months in this area. This year it will be only about 10 days.

As much as I like the City of Yuma…I’VE BECOME ALLERGIC TO IT! That’s the reason I can now only stay here a short while.

Here’s a link to a Blog posting about this allergy that I wrote last December…
http://blog.seattlepi.com/ramblinman/archives/189234.asp

Yuma is located on the bank of the Colorado River and only a short bridge crossing away is California where some of these forthcoming Blog entries are located.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

14 Years Ago Today!

December 22, 2009

December 22, 1995 I departed Olympia, WA to begin my life as a full-time RVer. At that time I had a 1976 Chevy Suburban and a 1988, 18′ Fleetwood Lynx 18′ Travel Trailer.

Picture
This photo of my Chevy Suburban and my 18′ travel trailer was taken in Baja, Mexico during the winter of 1997-98. The poor picture quality resulted from film being developed in Mexico.

I happy to report that after…
5115 days can be converted to one of these units:

* 441,936,000 seconds
* 7,365,600 minutes
* 122,760 hours
* 730 weeks (rounded down)

I’m still going strong as I begin my 15th year full-time RVing.

Yesterday I visited my dentist in San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. Two fillings and cleaning…$80.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,170 other followers