The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #262 in Fortuna, California. Mary is home attending to personal matters. I expect to depart here on Monday.

I’ve had a change of plans. Last September during my eye exam at the Seattle, Washington VA Hospital I was told I have a large cataract in my right eye that should be attended to in the next year. It’s always been difficult getting to that VA Hospital, so yesterday I burned up a lot of my cell phone minutes making arrangements to change to a local VA Clinic in Sonora, California…about 25 miles from Mary’s home. I now have a March 7th appointment to meet my new primary care doctor there. He will get me to the eye people and I hoping that I might have my eye surgery before Mary leaves for her three-week trip with her grandson to Turkey on April 18th. I now have plans to arrive Mary’s home in 11 days on March 5th.

A note about today’s photo album. It contains 493 photos and will take about 18 minutes to view completely. I stayed at Heron Lake State Park for about three months nursing my painful injuries from the terrible accident of May 27, 2012. It’s a beautiful place and I saw many spectacular cloud formations, sunsets and sunrises…and, oh, the vast array of colors! Many were taken from the dinette window of the motorhome and some are in the watercolor mode. As always, all of the photos were taken in the hand-held mode. I hope you enjoy them near as much as I enjoyed taking them. If you missed the Blog entry about the accident, you can read about it by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4HZ

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/Heron_Lake_%28New_Mexico%29

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 sunny day at 80 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 78 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 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

MEMORIES OF YUMA

February 1, 2014

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Yuma was the first place I stayed with Jim when my kids thought I’d taken up with an ax murderer. Well, not really, but they were very protective and worried about me taking up with a man they didn’t know. Thus the blog for me I started in December of 2008. I have happy memories of the green, green fields of Yuma, biking along the canals, and beautiful Bougainvillea growing like wild in this city. Right after lunch, we went in search and on the way found an Elks Club. We were astonished that they have 1600 members. Many of them are snowbirds. We stopped for a beer but the minute someone lit up a cigarette we hastily left.

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This is the Bougainvillea from January, 2009. I’m shocked at what  poor pictures I got from my little camera. When we drove by, the bush had been chopped to practically nothing with no blooms on it.

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And, green fields in Yuma are visible everywhere it seems. The big lettuces, cabbages, spinach and kale we didn’t find, except for this already harvested iceberg lettuce.

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And, of course, this is what I was expecting to see, also from January 2009.

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There is still a lot of green.

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What appears to be a small lettuce of some type.

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I believe this is alfalfa. No denying the green, but the fields of memory we could not find. Ah, what the wise men say is true. You can’t go home again.

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We are parked at the Quechen Indian Casino and each day look up at the Mission Church associated with the Yuma Territorial prison.

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Last night, so typical of this part of the country, the scene turned to caramel.

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Then it darkened.

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And reddened, good night. Probably boring pictures but like a tv screen, the sunsets just attract your eye and we are so happy we get to enjoy them.

 

 

 

 

Why I Am…Where I Am…

January 5, 2014

The motorhome is now parked at the Paradise Casino in Winterhaven, California right across the Colorado River from Yuma, Arizona. I’m here with my friend Randy Vining and 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.

The one word response to the title is…WEATHER!

The below weather image for yesterday shows most of the nation shivering. My location is marked by the yellow dot where yesterday under partly sunny skies it was 75 degrees…

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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Here I am at 3:00 PM in my uniform of the day…shorts, cut-off t-shirt and cap…

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In addition, the sunsets here are really pretty…

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And just a few minutes later…

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So…that’s why I am…where I am!

Yesterday was a partly sunny day at 75 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny 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/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

ENDINGS.

December 1, 2013

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The end of a paint job. Though, Laurie still has other rooms to finish.

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The end of Mikey’s stuffed toy-soon. He loves them to death.

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The end of work on the bronco and motor home. My bike reloaded on the back.

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The end of our cool weather and pink sunsets. Jim read me the weather report, from the sixties, the weather will turn cold;  40’s during the day, and 20’s and 30’s at night.

“I get out of here just in time,” declared Jim, the weather wimp. He misses the road. He is scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. Monday morning. The end of his stay as he heads south. First  Manteca, a stop in Bakersfield, then Palm Desert, which leads him to Yuma, snow bird country. I finished cleaning out the medicine cabinet and the spice drawer yesterday. We put sheets back on the bed. Doug will come up to install a shoe rack he built for the motor home. I will sort through books I want to take with me. I’ll load the new lightweight computer into the motor home, though, I’m having my doubts about carrying it back and forth, which was the objective. It was frustrating having stuff on one computer I couldn’t access from the other computer.  I fiddled with the new one  for hours last night and it takes two or three clicks to perform tasks in system 7, that take one click in Vista. I’ll load the computer and hope for the best. Forcing myself to use it on the road. Groan. It might have been smarter to carry a separate drive back and forth.

Jim doesn’t listen to popular radio with commercials but there is a song I like, “You’re going To Miss Me When I’m Gone.”  With us, the ending isn’t terribly long.  I’ll fly to meet him in January.

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico.

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Finally…some change is in the wind…

Last Wednesday Mary made her flight reservations to rejoin me. On Thursday she found out she needs carotid artery surgery asap. So, cancel reservations…she’ll be delayed rejoining me. We discussed the possibility of me driving the about 1,075 miles to be with her. We decided that I’m in no physical condition at the moment to do that. In addition, the surgery is not complicated and she has lots of family and friends to assist her. Recovery time is about one week. I’m hoping to get her back by mid-October.

Now that the Labor Day weekend has passed. the days are starting to grow shorter, the temperatures are starting to fall and my current allowable three week stay in the state park is nearing…I’m forced to move on. I’m currently at 7,200 elevation and over the next 4-6 weeks will slowly zig-zag the about 150 miles south to Albuquerque at 5,000 foot elevation. I’m planning to depart here this coming Thursday and drive the about 92 miles to Taos, NM at 7,000 foot elevation. I’ll stay there for several days until I continue moving south. 

Between Heron Lake and El Vado Lake State Parks, by time I’ll leave here on Thursday I’ll have been here 87 days. It’s been a beautiful and tranquil place to recover from my injuries. I want to thank the Head Ranger Anthony Marquez and Camp Hosts Rusty and Libby for their considerations and kindness extended to me.

If you missed the Blog entry about the accident, click this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-4Eh

To fully understand this tragic accident, you’ll need to read the several subsequent Blog entries.

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Now back to today’s Blog…

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. I’m still not feeling that well that I care to drive lots of miles in search of photographs. The doctors told rest should be my #1 function.

Lake Heron has an amazing number of widely varied sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations. I’ve got some really neat photos to share. I’ve already taken them and will portion them out over the next several days.

 While they are similar because of the momentary setting…they are all very different and unique. I hope you will open each one and enjoy their uniqueness. I particularly like to enjoy the colors and the shapes. Just like staring at a fire from moment to moment…you never see quite the same thing…

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…

Enjoying beautiful cloud formations is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my new 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

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico.

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. I’m still not feeling that well that I care to drive lots of miles in search of photographs. The doctors told rest should be my #1 function.

Lake Heron has an amazing number of widely varied sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations. I’ve got some really neat photos to share. I’ve already taken them and will portion them out over the next several days.

 While they are similar because of the momentary setting…they are all very different and unique. I hope you will open each one and enjoy their uniqueness. I particularly like to enjoy the colors and the shapes. Just like staring at a fire from moment to moment…you never see quite the same thing…

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…

Enjoying beautiful sunsets is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

I am recovering from my May 27th accident. To read about my recovery status, click this link… http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

While I’m recovering, Mary remains at her home in California tending to doctor’s appointments, her rentals and other miscellaneous business.

If you have not checked out my new 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 I drove the motorhome back to Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico.

Normally, I just take the views as they come. Because this lake has an abundance of unusual sunsets, I took the time to maneuver sideways into this camping site…

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…

So I could look out of the dinette window and see those sunsets…

But now, I need to finish up my El Vado Lake photos. How about some more dramatic sunset photos?

Enjoying dramatic sunsets over lakes is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

To read about my recovery status, click this link… http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

While I’m recovering, Mary remains at her home in California tending to doctor’s appointments, her rentals and other miscellaneous business.

If you have not checked out my new 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

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident. To read about my recovery status, click this link… http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

While I’m recovering, Mary remains at her home in California tending to doctor’s appointments, her rentals and other miscellaneous business.

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. One thing I do not seem to run out of is more beautiful sunsets. Today I present some quasi-abstracts of the sun reflecting off of the lake…

Here are some photos that I took recently…

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…

Enjoying beautiful sunsets is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

if you have not checked out my new 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

Note: This is Blog entry #2,000 on our site.

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident. To read about my recovery status, click this link… http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

While I’m recovering, Mary remains at her home in California tending to doctor’s appointments, her rentals and other miscellaneous business.

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. One thing I do not seem to run out of is more beautiful sunsets…

Here are some photos that I took recently…

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…

Enjoying beautiful sunsets is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

if you have not checked out my new 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

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident. To read about my recovery status, click this link… http://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. One thing I do not seem to run out of is more beautiful sunsets…

Here are some photos that I took recently…

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…

Enjoying beautiful sunsets is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

if you have not checked out my new 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

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