How Are An RV And A Good Book Much Alike?

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington. I’ll depart from here tomorrow.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  😦

Today’s subject…How are an RV and a good book much alike?

The answer: Both of them can take you to wonderful places!

The RV takes you there physically and a good book takes you there mentally!

Here’s how this story begins…

Ten days ago I stopped at Goodwill looking for used books. Because of their larger size and weight, I generally do not buy hardbacks unless they are unique and yesterday I found one. It’s 934, 8.5×11 pages, 2 1/8 inches thick and weighs in at a whopping 7.5 pounds!

I’m a Civil War history buff and have been to many of the battlefields back on the east coast. Here’s the cover indicating that it has nearly 4,000 images…

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 what the typical inside pages look like…




The last 10 days has been a fantastic trip! I’ve traveled hundreds of miles with this book that was ten years in preparation. Really great factual information and photos. I’ve read many books about the Civil War, but this book really added to my knowledge base. I highly recommend it to you!

To read about this book, click this link…

I’m in my 20th years of full-time RVing and retirement. Traveling and reading are two items that bring me much enjoyment. I’d be willing to bet in that time I’ve averaged 2-3 books a week and have been taken on many great mental trips. Photography, museums, walking, visiting with my many good friends, meeting new and interesting people, great music and food are some of the other things I enjoy. Living in 65-75 degree temperatures mostly year-round is a primary enjoyment!

William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800), in The Task (1785)–‘The Timepiece’ (Book II, lines 606-7) is credited with the saying “VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE”!, And he didn’t even own an RV!

As I travel, I have many people say to me…”I really envy the way you live”. In return I say…

“You can do it also…there are only three easy steps…

1) Sell everything you own…

2) Buy an RV…

3) Hit the road!

and then they usually begin telling me, why in their case, they can’t do it.

I’m really glad my life if full of spice. What a lucky guy I am!

Try it…you’ll like it!  🙂

I’m going to continue my blog postings about Civil War places that I read about in this book and I have visited until I’ve covered them all!

I’ve started a new book. The Good War by Studs Turkel covers the period from 1937 to 1946, transiting from the Great Depression to the end of World War II. The author assembled dozens of people who, in their own, words describe their life experiences during this period. Being born in 1940, I’m finding it to be another interesting read and mental trip.

How do I manage to read so much? Simple…with the exception of 100+ on-board movies…I watch ZERO television. There’s nothing on TV worth my time…plus if I never see/hear another commercial the rest of my life…that will be just fine with me! 🙂


Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny and 76 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 76 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…





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






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.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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