Thousand Trails Mount Vernon RV Resort – Bow, Washington

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 35 miles from Oak Harbor to Bow, Washington. The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Mount Vernon RV Resort. I’ll depart here August 9th. I’ll be hanging out in this general area until about the beginning of October, taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.

 

Along the way yesterday I crossed on the Deception Pass Bridge which has had an enormous impact on Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. You can read all about the bridge by clicking this link…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deception_Pass_Bridge

 

 

 

 

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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My camping site…

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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I’ve been here a number of times in past years. Below are photos taken in past years…

First the ranger station…

 

 

 

 

The Olympic-size swimming pool…

 

 

 

 

The spa…

 

 

 

 

One view of the lodge building…

 

 

 

 

A closer view…

 

 

 

 

The  adult lodge is on the lower level…

 

 

 

 

A welcome sign in the hallway…

 

 

 

 

The family lodge is on the upper level…

 

 

 

 

And a final view of the other side of the lodge building…

 

 

 

There are a number of reasons that this area is my favorite place to spend the summer, such as: scenic beauty, agreeable climate, clean air, friendly people, and no bugs are some. In addition there are lots of places to pick wild blackberries.  Yesterday, only a few feet away from my motorhome I picked some of which I will enjoy for breakfast this morning. Yummy!

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I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was sunny and 81 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 81 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

united-states-mapANA

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

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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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 700 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet 2016

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USS Turner Joy – Bremerton, Washington

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 17 miles from Fort Casey State Park to Oak Harbor, Washington. The motorhome is parked on Dock Street near the very friendly American Legion Post #129. They offered to let me park in the parking lot, but for a number I reasons I preferred parking here.

 

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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And the usual dinette window photo…

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(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m a number of blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode in about a month.)

 

 

Today’s subject…

A couple of weeks ago I was in Bremerton, Washington. Among the things I saw there was the USS Turner Joy. I’ve been aboard several destroyers in my time and so I passed on the $14.00 admission fee.

 

To see the USS Turner Joy website, click this link…

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The USS Turner Joy is a distinguished warship and you can read all about her by clicking this Wikipedia link…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Turner_Joy

 

 

Here are some photos that I took…

 

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was sunny and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 81 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

united-states-mapPT

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

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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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 700 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet 2016

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Kitsap County Historical Museum – Bremerton, Washington

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Fort Casey State Park, Washington. I’ll depart here later this morning.

 

 

(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m several blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode within a couple of weeks.)

 

 

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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To see the other 94 photos that I took, click the below photo…

 

 

 

 

 

Kitsap County Historical Society Museum – Bremerton, Washington

 

 

 

 

To see the museum website, click this link…

http://kitsapchs.org/

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was sunny and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 71 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

united-states-mapPT

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

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

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 700 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet 2016

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KLINKERBRICK WINE AND FAREWELL

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Clark (left) is my youngest brother at age 60. My son moved just up the road from him 3 years ago and instead of an uncle/nephew relationship, they became fast friends. Both Clark and Ken are members of the Klinkerbrick Winery in Lodi. Klinkerbrick puts on a party every year for its members and friends of members. IMG_0365 (Copy)This year’s  theme was creole food with a Dixieland Band. The trombonist in the middle sings just like Satchmo. The deep voice comes as a surprise.

IMG_0362 (Copy)The wives, Laurie and Theresa have become good friends. Both women like to cook, enjoy trading recipes and just socializing. Bad news has a way of tainting the day, as Laurie told them a coyote entered the backyard of their new home in Reno, Nevada, and killed Bix and Coco their two mini-dachshunds, leaving a bloody patio, windows, rocks, walls-evidencing the violence of their deaths. It is hard to come to terms with such an end to your fur children. Healing takes a long time.

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I’ve learned that there is therapy in discussing it, and talking it through. Stewart Matzek, in the background, toasted the dogs along with all of us. He represents good news to balance the bad. Next week he goes through orientation, a three day process, before he flies to Japan with several other applicants to teach English as a second language. He will be placed in a high-school in Komatsu, Japan, a coastal city of about 100,000 people. To say we are excited about that turn of events is an understatement. He already has a small apartment and bought the furniture and appliances from its former owner.

IMG_0366 (Copy)The band was a hoot. Some people danced on the grass or played a balancing game with sticks.

IMG_0367 (Copy)Doncha just love a banjo and a tuba? And the Old Ghost wine was a smooth, delightful concoction. Everyone’s fave.

IMG_0369 (Copy)Surrounded by juicy, bursting-with-flavor-grapes, and green, green grass. Tin Roof Catering supplied the food. A delectable pork stew among the choices,  with ice cream stirred in wine for dessert.

IMG_0375 (Copy)All too soon, it was time to part.

IMG_0379 (Copy)Laurie and Stewart, back to Nevada in her new Mini-Cooper, with all-wheel drive since snow is a factor in the winter.

IMG_0378 (Copy)And Ken, back to his residence, though temporary, in Santa Clara. He’ll be taking over his new job in Reno two months from now. Meanwhile, they live apart for a while longer. Both are counting the days.

As my mom got up in years, looking at the downside, she would say, Life is good. And, it is.

 

 

 

 

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Port Townsend Via Ferry To Fort Casey State Park, Washington

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 4 miles from the Jefferson County Fairground Campground to Fort Casey State Park at Coupeville, Washington. Along the way I took a 5 mile, 30 minute ferry ride as part of the trip. The last time I remember the motorhome being on a ferry was in March, 2010 while crossing the Mississippi River.

 

I’ll depart here Wednesday.

 

(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m several blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode within a month.)

 

 

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 below Google earth shows yesterday’s travel location. The “F” is the fairground location where I started my day…

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The day started with the sun trying to break through the fog over the water…

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I was about one hour early, so I parked along the waterfront and enjoyed the views while I waited…

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The ferry before the one I had a reservation on arrives…

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In the mean while…

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The ferry before mine departs…

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I proceeded to the toll booth and paid my $70.40 fare. I was given this tag to put in my windshield once I shut off my propane tank…

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My ferry arrives…

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The ferry handles the largest of vehicles…

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I was the first vehicle to board the ferry, hence I ended up with a great seat to view the crossing…

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Here we go…

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About half way across, I got bombed by a seagull. I had time to clean it before we arrived…

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On a hazy morning, I got a glimpse of Mount Baker about 60 miles distant…

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Approaching the landing, I got a view of the campground where I’ll spend the next two nights…

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The breakwater is on the right of the docking area…

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All most there…

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Nearer now…

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The frothing water comes from the backing engine to slow our forward progress…

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Entering Fort Casey State Park…

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On the way to my campsite I got a view of the ferry on which I had just arrived…

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At my campsite, the view out of the windshield…

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My camping site…

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And the usual dinette window view…

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Later in the morning, I tromped all over Fort Casey and took a bunch of photos which I’ll show in future blog postings.

 

 

 

Bonus Photo: Last evening about one hour before sunset, I climbed the hill into Fort Casey to view the sunset. Here’s a teaser photo, you’ll see the rest of the photos in a blog posting about one month from now…

 

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos!

 

 

 

 

YIKES!!!! The forecast for Mary’s location in California for the next four days is 105+ degrees! It’s why I am where I am!!!!

 

Yesterday was sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 70 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

united-states-mapPT

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

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

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 700 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet 2016

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Puget Sound Navy Museum – Bremerton, Washington

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 21st year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 8 miles from Fort Townsend State Park to the Jefferson County Fairground Campground. After six days of mostly cloudy skies and being parked under a huge tree prevented any sun from reaching my solar panels. With no electrical hookup, my coach batteries were really low despite running my generator for one hour each day. A 24 hour jolt of real electricity has brought them back to normal levels. I’ll depart here later this 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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And the usual dinette window photo…

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(Note: I’m currently a little discombobulated right now. My normal mode is to blog what I experienced yesterday. Right now, I’m several blogs behind my experiences. I expect to be back in my normal mode within a couple of weeks.)

 

Today’s subject…

Two weeks ago today, I arrived in Bremerton, Washington for what ended up to be a four-day visit. On that day I visited the Puget Sound Navy Museum which you can read about by clicking this link…

http://www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/

 

 

Here are some of the photos that I took…

 

 

 

 

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To see the other 32 photos that I took, click the below photo…

 

 

 

 

Puget Sound Navy Museum – Bremerton, Washington

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was sunny and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 71 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

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

united-states-mapPT

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

My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

DSC040481b

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 700 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet 2016

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