Central America Trip #65

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…Guatemala (north-bound) #4…

Once we departed potentially dangerous El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala, the “danger in the air” feeling left me. We proceeded to Guatemala City and as we did, passed the 8,000 mile of the trip. Most very large cities in Central America have a some potentially dangerous feeling. We spent only a couple of days there and then continued on through the very mountainous country to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of about 43,000. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanos, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans were not very friendly, which was very disappointing, in comparison with some of the other places we had been. We spent four days in Antigua.

 

We are still in Antigua where the RV’s are parked. Bob and I took a day trip in the Bronco to some of the outlying Indian villages. The last one, Santa Maria de Jesus, we gained about 1,000 feet in elevation, going up the side of Volcano Agua and were rewarded with a beautiful view of Antigua in the valley below.

 

 

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…

 

At Santa Maria de Jesus…

 

 

This young girl street vendor was selling cheese…

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A local bus…

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We ate lunch at the home of this Guatemalan family. They had a tiny patio where they sold home-made meals to make a few bucks…

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Main Street…

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Bob chatting with a local…

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Looks like three generations…

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A typical Guatemalan woman…

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Bob chatting with a local lady…

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Soccer is played everywhere in Central America…

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These are really poor people. This church is literally falling apart…

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With no running water in the homes…locals get their water from a central well…

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On the way back to Antigua, I stopped to get this photo of Santa Maria de Jesus located on the side of Volcano Agua…

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly cloudy and 60 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 61 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…

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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

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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 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:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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