Iron River, Michigan

August 28, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 65 miles from Iron Mountain to Iron River, Michigan.

Also yesterday, after messing with me for about two weeks with an electrical connection problem between the motorhome and the Bronco, the Gods finally smiled on me…twice!

First the 7 to 6 round adapter I use on the umbilical cord between the motorhome and the Bronco remained in my life. The day before yesterday while leaving the repair shop, I accidentally left it on the rear bumper of the motorhome and drove the two miles to park at the Elks Club. During the middle of the night it popped into my head what I had done? It was raining so hard, I waited until morning to go see if it was still there. It was! Had it fallen off, it would have cost about $35 dollars to replace, but most likely there would not be one to be had in the small town of Iron Mountain. This is the critter I’m talking about…

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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Secondly, the previous day the repair technician told me it would be 24-48 hours to effect the repairs. Much to my pleasant surprise, at 9:15 AM yesterday morning he called, telling me he had stayed late the previous evening and that the repairs were complete. Shortly thereafter we arrived at the repair shop…

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Where he completed the installation of the components…

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By 11:00 AM and a cost of $132.80 we were finally back on the road again. It feels really good to have everything working properly again. Thanks for the great service, Tony!

As soon as I had paid the bill and walked back to the motorhome it started to rain hard for about an hour…

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First stop was a few miles away to see where Mary’s grandmother had once operated a store. Then we where on our way.

We passed through the pretty little Village of Sagola where Mary’s family had lived when she was really young. You can read about Sagola by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagola_Township,_Michigan

Here are some of the photos I took there…

The Public School…

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Grace Presbyterian Church which played beautiful bell music for one-half hour while we ate lunch…

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The short two-block long main drag…

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A moss-covered tree had pretty coloring…

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Mary says goodbye to Sagola. It was one of the prettiest little villages we have ever visited…

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We hooked back up on to U.S. Highway 2 West where the main industries appear to be logging and potato farming…

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Arriving at Iron River we went to VFW Post #3134 which has no parking lot, so we parked on the secondary street…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was another horrendous weather day…88 degrees with high humidity. Another scorcher is forecast for today.. 84 degrees with a real feel of 88. At 5:00 AM this morning it was 69 degrees with 74% humidity. Good temperature…lousy humidity. YUK!

Sagola was the last place we will go seeking Mary’s past life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It’s been an interesting ten days and Mary really enjoyed investigating the places in her early life. We’ll continue our westward journey later this morning.

Enjoying friendly VFW Posts 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 Michigan. 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Menominee, Michigan

August 21, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 54 miles south from Escanaba to Menominee, Michigan. Mary lived here from ages 3 – 5.

It was a miserably hot and humid day…about 85 degrees and humidity. Another one is forecast for today. YUK!

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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Upon arrival we parked at VFW Post #1887 where they had shade and an electrical hookup…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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I unhooked the Bronco and off we went to explore elements of Mary’s past. But first it was time for lunch so we stopped at Colonel K’s Pasty Shop…

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Third owner Becky confessed she’s made many a pasty…

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We then crossed the Menominee River into Marinette, Wisconsin to search for Mary’s grandmother’s house. After more than an hour in the blistering heat…she finally found it.

Then she wanted to visit to the Peshtigo Fire Museum about 10 miles distant. This museum documents the story of the worst fire (number of people died) in the history of the United States. The docent described it as a fire tornado that occurred on October 8, 1971…coincidentally the same date as the famous Chicago Fire. You can read about the Peshtigo Fire by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshtigo_Fire

This mural in the museum shows the before, during, and after artist rendition of that tragic event…

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Here’s a couple more artist’s renditions…

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We crossed back into Menominee. This time to look for the house that her brother Bill was born in. With no specific address in the general area…she thinks she found it. The house she lived in nearby is gone and was replaced by this church…

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Enjoying visiting places you once lived 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 Michigan. 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Escanaba, Michigan

August 20, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 145 miles from St. Ignace to Escanaba, Michigan. We are now in the general region Mary lived for the first 14 years of her life and will be in this area for the next few days.

Yesterday, leaving St. Ignace,  we drove along U.S. Highway Route 2 West which we will follow more or less to the State of Washington for the about next five weeks.

Yesterday’s drive was quite pleasant. Route 2, considering we’re in Michigan…the land of terrible roads…was relatively smooth with only light traffic. For a good portion of the trip we drove along the shore of Lake Michigan…

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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Arriving at Escanaba we parked at VFW Post #2998…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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I unhooked the Bronco so we could drive around Escanaba where Mary lived from 1948 to 1954. We stopped at the Sand Point Lighthouse…

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and the adjacent Delta County Historical Museum where I found this image of Escanaba from the mid-1800’s…

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Mary first lived in this house…

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Her family moved away for a short while and when they returned lived in the left side of this duplex…

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Mary really enjoyed her afternoon and evening returning to other places she remembered from her childhood remarking on how much somethings had changed and others not at all.

Enjoying visiting places you once lived 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 Michigan. 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

St. Ignace, Michigan

August 19, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 47 miles from Indian River to St. Ignace, Michigan.

When we arrived yesterday, I had driven the motorhome 1,070 miles in the last six days. About 1,000 mile of that was on the Interstate Highway system, which I hate to do. It’s very stressful and dangerous. But we needed to get away from the heat and humidity on the east coast and get staged for the next portion of our journey…to arrive in Monroe, Washington on September 24th. In addition to my annual physical on September 26th at the VA Hospital  in Seattle (which I missed last year), I have an eye exam scheduled, I need to renew my driver’s license and have my mechanic Mike do some mechanical work for me. We want to be heading south for Mary’s home in California before the rainy season begins in Washington around October 1st.

We are now on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan…where the locals are called Youpers. Mary told me folks from lower Michigan are called udders or trolls by the Youpers.

As we started yesterday’s travels…it was time to clear the windshield after six days of hard-driving…

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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Instead of taking Interstate Highway 75 to the Mackinac Bridge, we opted for Michigan Route 27 which went through Cheboygen…a real pretty town…

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The Mackinac Bridge is the third longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the world and the longest in the western hemisphere and was completed in 1957. You can read all about this bridge by clicking the official website link… http://www.mackinacbridge.org/

Here are some of the photos of the bridge as shot from the southern end in Mackinaw City. Some of the photos are in the watercolor mode…

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In St. Ignace we went to the Museum of the Ojibwa Culture. Mary thinks she might have some of this blood in her. Here;s the official website link… http://museumofojibwaculture.net/

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Mary sees a resemblance between herself and the guy in the middle…

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Pasty is a regional Upper Peninsula food which you can read about by clicking this link… http://absolutemichigan.com/michigan/real-michigan-food-the-pasty/

For lunch we went to Bessie’s Pasties…which just happens to be next to VFW Post #5114 where we parked for the night. We took out pasties into the VFW and had a beer with them…

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We’re parked on the grass behind the VFW Post away from the road…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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Later this morning we’ll start out on U.S. Highway 2 West on which we will follow all the way to Washington State.

Enjoying eating local foods 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 Michigan. 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Flint, Michigan

August 17, 2013

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 132 miles from Grosse Ile to Flint, Michigan.

In yesterday’s Blog entry I discussed an electrical problem I was having keeping the Bronco battery charged while driving down the highway. After further consideration I decided not to take it to an electrical shop because I’ve experienced occasional problems with a connector in the past…usually rectified by jiggling it. So, first stop yesterday was at an auto parts store where I bought a new connector. It’s kind of pain in the butt type of job, so I’ll replace it when the moment is right.

Second stop of the day was at America’s Discount Tires where I had the tires rotated and balanced on the Bronco. They accommodated me by doing the job without my having to unhook the Bronco from the motorhome…

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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Third stop of the day was to have an oil change done on the motorhome.

Fourth stop of the day was in Fraser to meet with an old friend Ray Ferullo whom I had not seen since I was 17 years old. We enjoyed a nice reunion at an Outback Steakhouse…

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Continuing down the road we finally ended up at VFW Post #3027 in Flint, Michigan. We parked in the back of this friendly post where they even provided a 30 amp service electrical hookup…

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Since it was away from the road we enjoyed a restful night’s sleep. We’ll continue our northward journey later this morning.

Enjoying visiting with old friends 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 Pennsylvania. 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

The motorhome is parked at my son’s home where I’m expected to remain until July 17th.

Mary has been in Las Vegas, Nevada for her grandson’s high school graduation for the last several days. She returned to her home in Murphys, California yesterday.

For the short while I’ve been here, I’ve seen not a whole lot of my family as they are all so busy with their lives. Oh well, I’ll catch them as I can.

If you are a regular follower of my Blog, you’ll remember a few months back I became a life member on the Veterans Of Foreign Wars…aka VFW. I’ve found the guys like to wear hats identifying where they served…so I thought I would follow suit…

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…

Here’s my new hat…

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I was a Radarman stationed aboard USS Boston from 1959 – 1962. You can read all about the USS Boston by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Boston_%28CA-69%29

Here’s a photo of me in 1960…

Sailor HJ Jaillet 1961

There’s a nice Veterans Hall only a couple of miles from my son’s home which I visited last Sunday. I plan on going there regularly while here.

Enjoying visiting with my fellow veterans is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Connecticut. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 60 miles from Parkersburg to Clarksburg, West Virginia. 99% of the drive was on U.S. Highway 50. Basically a four lane, mostly straight east-bound with lots of ups and downs…

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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As we go further east the cities are getting older and the streets narrower. They were not made for a wide-body motorhome. When I drove drove this street, I barely had room to get past the parked cars…

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We parked in an alley next to VFW Post #573…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…not exciting. I wondered how many years ago it was built…

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After settling in, we went inside for lunch…

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During lunch we asked the locals what’s to see and do in Clarksburg. They all replied…not much. It seems the VFW is the hot spot in town. So we decided to walk around a bit and discovered this was the birthplace of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson…a famous Confederate General who stood his ground like a stone wall…hence the name. He died at the Battle of Chancellorsville…

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Here are some of the other photos I took during our walk…

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Downtown Main Street…

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A nice clean city.

We will move along later this morning.

Enjoying very friendly VFW Posts is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of West Virginia. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 60 miles from Point Pleasant to Parkersburg, West Virginia. I began in West Virginia and ended in West Virginia, but because of the way the Ohio River zig-zags, most of the drive occurred on Ohio State Highway 7 that had very light traffic and ran alongside the Ohio River a good part of 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…

Before leaving Point Pleasant we had some morning fog so I went outside to see what I could see…and this is what I saw…

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We crossed back into Ohio over this pretty bridge as seen from a Wal-Mart parking lot…

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Going across the bridge…

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Along the way we passed through Pomeroy, Ohio with the Ohio River on the right…

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On this bridge we crossed the Ohio River into Parkersburg, West Virginia…

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Where we ended up at a very friendly VFW Post #1212…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Getting up close to the dinette window and looking down I could see a small stream and told Mary we are parked on waterfront property! :)

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Other than the excessive heat and humidity we enjoyed a nice stay.

We will move along later this morning.

Enjoying very friendly VFW Posts is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of West Virginia. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

The motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #4895. We are planning to depart later this morning and will be crossing into Kentucky.

Yesterday was a leisurely day. It was supposed to rain hard…but never did. We decided to visit the Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center. There once was a fort there…but no battle was fought there. The Confederates were thinly staffed and poorly trained. Believing they had not a chance against the expected superior Union forces…they walked away from the fort. When the Yankees arrived…they found white flags flying from the fort and the city surrendered without a shot being fired.

The Interpretive Center tells the story of what life was like in Clarksville, population 5,000, during the Civil War. A 15 minute film presents it from a woman’s point of view. You can read about the Interpretive Center by clicking their official website link…
http://www.cityofclarksville.com/index.aspx?page=161

Here are some of the 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…

The fort is gone…a pedestrian trail lines the area…

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This is where the fort was…

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Some signs in the area…

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Clarksville…

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Scenes from the film…

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The fort(s) were like magnets for black slaves wanting to join the Union Army…

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Under occupation whites needed passes to go places and had to present these passes to the black Union Soldiers…

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General Grant…

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Confederate dead…

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Regular life returned for the Southerners…

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Exhibits inside the Interpretive Center. Photography was difficult due to dim lighting and mini-spotlights…

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The red line shows the railroad passing through Clarksville…

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Crossing the hidden fingers meant the loyalty oath didn’t count to some. See below…

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The Interpretive Center was a very pleasant different presentation about the times during the Civil War.

After our visit we headed down to the riverfront…

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Where we saw some of the remnants of the recent flooding of the river…

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The rail fence in the river is where people would normally walk…

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On the left in the below photo you can see the river had been into the parking lots by the mud and snags stacked in a pile on the left just beyond the truck…

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Two prized possessions during the Civil War were the rivers and railroads…both means of moving supplies…

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The control house for the swinging bridge…

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Enjoying interesting places and museums 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 Tennessee. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 75 miles from Camden to Clarksville, Tennessee.

First thing before leaving Camden was a lube and oil change for the motorhome…

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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Then on to Fort Donelson National Battlefield where one of the first important battles of the Civil War was fought February 11 to 16, 1862. Into the visitors center…

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We began our visit with a 15 minute film that explained why this location was so important…

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It was considered the Gateway to the Heart of The South. You can read all about Fort Donelson by clicking their official website link…
http://www.nps.gov/fodo/index.htm

You can get additional information by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Donelson

Then  through the museum…

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Down to the Cumberland River where the primary battle of Fort Donelson took place…

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Then on to VFW Post #4895 in Clarksville…

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and the view from the dinette window photo…

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Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the next two days. Plus Mary continues to struggle with an assortment of pains and is now talking about seeking a professional massage to find relief. We’ll also take in some of the local sights…so I guessing we will be here 2-3 days.

Enjoying interesting places and museums 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 Tennessee. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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 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 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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