Central America Trip #59

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.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, 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 (north-bound) #4…

We are still in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

By chance I met Onel Lenz, a 29 year-old guy who owns a local construction company. He introduced me to his gringo friend, Joe, a 68 year-old guy from California who also lives here. Joe came here seven years ago, fell in love with Nicaragua and never left.

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…



Onel Lenz with his sister (left) and girlfriend (right)…




Joe took me to his ocean-front lot about ten miles out of town. The roads were so bad it took us an hour to get there. The next three photos shows his ocean view right to left…




It’s a two-acre lot…




With about 300 feet of ocean front…




Where he is having built, a 1,400 square foot house…




And when finished, lot and house together will only come to…




$35,000 in United States money…




On the left is Joe’s girlfriend, Ereseli who is only 20 years old. On the right is Jasmin, her 19 year-old girlfriend…

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Joe and Ereseli are trying to fix me up with Jasmin! Joe invited me to move my motorhome out to his ocean property and “stay in paradise”, living with Jasmin, for free, for the rest of my life! It sounded so inviting, but the problem was that I would get bored staying in one place after a couple of months, no matter how beautiful and wonderful it was…so I passed on his invitation…




Jasmin with three of her five siblings. They lived in a three-sided, palm-thatched palapa, with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Despite that every thing is amazingly clean…including the children. Jasmin was studying to be a nurse. Her mother was about 40, but was ashamed of her appearance and elected not to be in the photo. Like many families in Nicaragua, Jasmin’s father had deserted the family a while back. How her mother managed economically, I couldn’t comprehend…



More soon…

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 mostly sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 73 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 Arizona. 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 -2016

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