Central America Trip #60

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) #5…

We are still in Chinandega, Nicaragua.


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 invited Bud and I to go visit his family, who live in the mountains 85 miles away. It took three hours to get there and the last 2.5 miles were really rugged, taking 1/2 hour in 4-wheel drive. The road (?) was very very, steep steep, narrow narrow, rocky rocky, bumpy bumpy. Get the picture?…




Onel’s mother, is named Olympia. His grandfather is named Pedro and has been married for 75 years. Onel’s grandmother is 94, blind, and pretty much confined to bed. His grandfather had lived in the same house for 80 years…




Pedro was 95 and spry with a twinkle in his eye. He stayed alert by constantly listening to the news on the radio and was up-to-date on everything going on in the world…




A look around their property…




Which is in the small town of Cincos Pinos ( Five Pines) on the border of Honduras…




Only four months earlier had they finally gotten electricity and a telephone…




This is the cooking stove. You simply put a couple of old car springs over the opening upon which you can set the pots and pans…




The baking oven…




It’s very pretty here and reminded me of Northern California…




On the way out-of-town we passed Onel’s birthplace house…




After ten enjoyable days in Chinandega, we moved on to the town of Estelli, with a population of about 73,000 and 2,500 foot elevation. While there I met Zoyla Xiomara Chavarria Zapata…




Zoyla was 37 years old and works as a candy maker in her mother’s bakery business. She has two children, Jose 5 and Carmen, 3. She separated from her husband three years earlier because he used to beat her. She lived in her mother’s house…



Next El Salvador…

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 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 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/

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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