Central America Trip #35

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Nicaragua (south-bound) #3…

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…



Back in Granada, some churches are so poor they cannot afford to do maintenance…




The Central Plaza of Granada…




Another day trip…first stop is an old fort overlooking Masaya known as Coyopete. Originally built to protect the city from warring political factions, it became a prison and torture chamber for the dictator Samoza, and later the same for the Sandinistas. In 1983 it became a Boy Scout camp…




This is the way in…




The only outside air passage. A most interesting place to visit…




Then on to the Masaya National Volcano Park, where we spent a couple of hours at the large visitors center and then at the active steaming volcano which last erupted in 1772. The large globe offers me an opportunity to show you the “Big Picture” of our trip. #1 marks Gila Bend, Arizona, our starting point, and #2 our furthest southern most point of the trip at Puertobello, Panama, about 5,000 miles as the crow flies (supposedly in a straight line 🙂 ) We drove a total of 6,644 miles to get from point #1 to point #2 in 173 days…




Big, beautiful murals in the visitors center…




I’m standing at the edge of a live volcano. If this were the United States, we wouldn’t be allowed within 50 miles of such a place…




As seen from a nearby rise. As a comical aside, my Bronco (furthest vehicle) was required to face the exit in case of an eruption and we had to run for our lives…




The roadway to the top of the hill was closed and we were not allowed to go up there. In the pre-Columbian age, the Indigenous people believed the eruptions to be a sign of anger from the gods, and to appease them, the offered human sacrifices which included small children and women. They were “offered” from the peak with the cross…




During the conquest, The Spaniards baptized the active volcano as…




La Boca del Inferno…the Mouth of Hell because they truly believed that this was the entrance to hell. Needless to say we found this to be one of the most interesting places to visit of our entire trip…


You can read all bout this volcano by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaya_Volcano



Nicaragua proved to be my favorite country in all of Central America!

You can read all about Nicaragua by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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


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…


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… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 600 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:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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