The Overlook…

February 5, 2014

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 65 miles from Slab City to The Overlook about 8 miles west of Salton City, California. We’ll move on later this morning.

In yesterday’s blog entry, I noted that my friend Leo was missing from where I expected to find him. Later yesterday morning I talked to him on the phone and he is okay. He decided to leave early to return to his home in Salem, Oregon.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 66 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 67 degrees.

The below Google Earth image identifies our relative locations near the Salton Sea in southeastern California. We spent Monday night at Slab City indicated by the S. Last night at The Overlook indicated by the O. Tonight we will be at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert indicated 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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You can read all about the Salton Sea by clicking this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_sea

From Salton City on the western shore of the Salton Sea you head west on State Route S22 for about 8 miles…

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I’ve camped at The Overlook a number of times. It’s been about 7 years since I’ve been here. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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Finally the usual dinette window photo…

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With our increased elevation I was able to get some photos on the morning sunrise…

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The Overlook is a neat place. Besides the beautiful scenery, the quietness is almost deafening and the night-time sky is spectacular.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

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

A Missing Friend…

February 4, 2014

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 95 miles from Winterhaven to Slab City, California. We’ll move on later this morning.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 65 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 66 degrees.

I’ve been to this very unique place many times. Mary has been here once before, really liked it and wanted to return. For me it’s a convenient mid-place stopping point between Yuma, Arizona and Palm Desert, California where we plan to arrive tomorrow. In addition, I stop here to see my friend Leo Perth who usually spends the Winter here. I last visited here for one day on December 19, 2013. To read about that visit, click this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-9I6

During my last visit here, I told Leo Mary and I would stop to see him during the first week in February and he said okay. But when we arrived yesterday afternoon, Leo wasn’t here, so we parked in his spot. The regulars here will put up an occupied sign to save “their” spot from year to year…

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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I have two phone numbers for Leo which I called yesterday and as of this time haven’t heard from him yet. Hopefully I’ll here from him today and all is okay with him.

While not the most spectacular I’ve ever seen, yesterday’s sunset was pretty…

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

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…

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

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

Winterhaven, California

December 20, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 90 miles from Slab City to Winterhaven, California. I’m parked next to my friend Randy at the Paradise Casino about 1/4 mile from the Colorado River directly across from Yuma, Arizona.

Thanks to diffused jet contrails I was treated to an unusual desert pre-sunrise yesterday morning…

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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At 6:30 AM my friend 81-year-old Leo Perth and his 3-year-old Doberman Deja’ headed out for a brisk one hour desert walk…

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Deja’ tries to find the desert owls that live in holes in the sandy desert…

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A few minutes later the sun broke the horizon…

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I arrived at the Paradise Casino about 2:00 PM…

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As always, I like to show a photo of the random view out of the dinette window…

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Later this morning I’ll cross the Colorado River into Yuma, Arizona.

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with morning showers and 67 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…

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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/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

Slab City, California

December 19, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 75 miles from Palm Desert to Slab city, California…one of the most unusual places in the United States.

On the way I ran along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea which appears to be at its lowest level that I have seen in my 17 years coming down this 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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Just before arriving at Slab City you pass a very unique site…Salvation Mountain…

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A short distance later you officially cross into Slab City…

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I visited a couple of friends here. I parked the motorhome next to my friend Leo who arrives here at the beginning of October and departs the beginning of March…

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As always, I like to show a photo of the random view out of the dinette window…

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I’ve written about Slab City many times. Here’s a link to my Blog entry from 2010 describing this unique place http://wp.me/pDCku-ZX

In addition you can enter Slab City, CA in your Internet Search Box and see numerous sites written by others who have been here.

I’ll continue my journey to Yuma, Arizona later this morning.

Yesterday was a mostly cloudy day at 76 degrees.  Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with and 62 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…

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

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

“Stagnant Mode” is the best phrase that I could think of to describe the time when I’m not out seeing and doing new things.

Mary and I arrived back at her home in California on October 10, 2011 where I spent the about next seven weeks cleaning and doing preventative maintenance on the motorhome and towed Ford Bronco II. After Thanksgiving I headed out for the warmer weather. On to Palm Springs and Slab City, California and then to the Yuma, Arizona area where I hung-out for about one month while waiting for Mary to rejoin me. All places I been to numerous times before…mostly dictated by good weather.

Mary re-joined me on January 18th and after taking care of her dental needs in Los Algodones, Mexico the day before yesterday…my “Stagnant Mode” has finally come to an end! It’s time to get out on the road and returning to seeing and doing once again!

After a few miscellaneous stops in Yuma, Arizona yesterday morning…we finally got out of Dodge! We only drove about 30 miles and ended up spending the night in the small town of Wellton, Arizona. We parked at the VFW Post #6790.

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

About one small block away the VFW has a courtesy RV site with electric and water. That’s where we actually spent the night.

No matter it’s along the road…wasn’t that much traffic!

For everything you could ever want to know about Wellton, click this Wikipedia link…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellton,_Arizona

No…it’s not quite the Grand Canyon…but at least we’re seeing and doing new stuff once again.

Today’s planned destination is the Painted Rocks Petroglyphs…about 80 miles distant. In the next few coming days we will kind of be out in the toolies and may not be able to pull in an Internet signal. So if you do not see a daily Blog from us…don’t worry. We’ll be back with a new entry soon.

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

Pilot Knob, California

January 18, 2012

Waaay down in the southeast corner of the State of California, the land is flat except for a rise of land called Pilot Knob. This is what it looks like on Interstate Highway 8 heading east approaching Yuma, Arizona…

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

The campground I’m heading for is located at the horizon at the very far right in the above photo…about one mile from the highway. Why is it called Pilot Knob? I’m glad you asked! You can find out all about Pilot Knob by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_Knob_%28Imperial_County,_California%29

I’m headed for this 14 day limit BLM campground. It’s called a campground…but there are no amenities here. But it’s convenient and free…so the price is right!

I parked next to my friend Leo Perth from Slab City. He was in the Yuma, Arizona area to take care of some business for a couple of days. He headed back to Slab City yesterday afternoon…

This is only the second time I have ever parked at this location…the other time was when I had just started full-time RVing back in January, 1996. I remember that time vividly because a violent wind of about 60 miles an hour created an awesome dust storm…my first experience with that kind of activity. The sand blasted the side of my then travel trailer and I thought it was going to blast the decals off! I remember looking out of the window expecting Lawrence of Arabia to come riding by! Fortunately…no sand storm this time.

Here’s a panorama looking due West…

Here’s another panorama looking due East with Pilot Knob in the background…

Finally here’s a fun perspective photo…

I spent only one night here as this morning at 9:00 AM I’ll be entering a nearby RV park for a four night stay. I’ll meet Mary at the Yuma, Arizona Airport about 12 miles distant this afternoon.

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

Whaaack!!!

January 17, 2012

It sounded much like a very loud crack of a bullwhip. It happened a week ago today while I was on my way to Slab City. I purposely took the shortest route…California Highway 115 through the middle of the lettuce fields. Nice long straight paved roads with little to no traffic. When it happen I could see for several miles ahead, there were no other vehicles in sight except for a farm truck passing me headed in the opposite direction. That’s when it happened!

I knew immediately the windshield had taken a hit…but where? I pulled over to the side of the road to look. Glancing around…I finally saw it. On the driver’s side…eye level and about 15 inches to the left of my direct line of sight…

Here’s a little closer view…

And a really closer view…

When I arrived at Slab City I took this photo of the outside of the window…

This really nasty rock chip is about 1.25 inches long. Fortunately our insurance company paid the $65 to have it repaired. Safelite Glass did the repair. They are located in El Centro…about 35 miles south of Slab City. With poor cell phone service at Slab City, I felt it would be difficult at best for the repairman to find me. So, I decided to postpone the repair until I arrived at El Centro yesterday since I had already had plans to come here for a Costco food stop. The next Costco we will come across is more than 300 miles and we will not be there until about two weeks from now.

The glass repairman came yesterday and all appears well once again. He did a good job and the repair is barely visible to the eye. I tried to take a photo of the repair but it refuses to be seen by the camera.

I spent the night in the Moose Lodge #1033 parking lot.

Today I’ll head back towards Yuma, Arizona to meet Mary who will arrive on a flight tomorrow afternoon.

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

The Last Sunset…

January 16, 2012

for me…at least for this visit to Slab City deep in the Southern California desert…

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

Here’s a180 degree panorama showing where I’ve been parked. My rig is the furthest left…

This morning I’ll move on to El Centro…the largest city in the Southern California desert about 35 miles south of Slab City and only about six miles north of the Mexico border.

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

I’m still at Slab City deep in the Southern California desert. It is one of the most unusual places in the United States. I’ve been here numerous times and written a number of Blog entries about this place. If interested you can look in my archives in December of past years. You can also enter Slab City in your Internet Search Box to get a feel for this place. As always you may click upon a photo to see and enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Unusual is usual for Slab City. Today’s Blog entry is a small example. While on a short walk yesterday I saw…

A large boat for sale in the middle of the desert…

This pontoon boat had a large for sale by owner sign on the other (shady) side. If you enlarge this above photo you will see a for sale by owner sign in the window. It’s literally an RV on pontoons and someone was living in it. I wonder if he’s had any prospective buyers look at it here?

Here’s another unusual sight. I’ve never in my life seen an un-welcome mat…

More unusual sights include the day before yesterday’s sunset…

And yesterday morning’s sunrise…

and last night’s sunset…

Yes indeed, Slab City is a most unusual place.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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I’m still at Slab City deep in the Southern California desert. While here, every morning at sunrise I go for about a 45 minute walk with my long-time friend Leo Perth and his Doberman Dog Deja’. Leo has had Dobermans since the age of 14. As always you may click upon a photo to see and enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

Yesterday’s sunrise was cloudless. Not as dramatic as when there are some clouds around…but still awesome nonetheless…

As we walk about 100 feet out on the desert floor, Leo has commanded Deja’ to “heel” which she obediently obeys. We stop and Leo commands…”Deja’ sit” and Deja’ sits. After a few seconds Leo yells…”Deja…Break!” and Deja’ heads out on to the desert at a furious full-speed rate. During our walk Leo and I walk about two miles and Deja’ covers about ten miles ranging far and wide. However shortly after breaking…she will stop and stick her nose into a hole in the ground. What’s she looking for???

She has detected…either past or present…the scent of the California Burrowing Owl. There are hundreds of the holes in the ground and one must watch where they walk as it’s really to break through the soil and break an ankle or leg…

A scent…real or imagined…sets Deja’ digging a furious pace…

After a few seconds…she will stop and smell some more…

Nope…guess there’s no one home and she then moves on…repeating the process over and over. Leo says he’s never seen an Owl fly from one on the holes in all the years he’s been coming to the desert. The only thing Deja’ gets from her efforts is a dusty snout!!!

Fortunately and apparently…no harm done!

If you are interested in reading about, seeing photos and hearing the California Burrowing Owl…click this link…
http://owling.com/Burrowing.htm

Did you catch the pun? Hoot Owl!  :)

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

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