Central America Trip #70

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) #9…

The motorhomes are parked in Panajchel along the shore of Lake Atitlan, which author Alex Huxley called “the most beautiful lake in the world.”

Bob and I took the Bronco on a day trip to Chichicastenago, about 25 miles away. Known to the locals as “ChiChi”. This is an interesting play on words as “ChiChi’s” are also female breasts. We drove through some of the prettiest scenery of the entire trip on the way to ChiChi. ChiChi is an Indian village up in the mountains at an elevation of 6,000 feet, and it’s famous for its Thursday and Sunday markets. According to the guidebook, approximately 1,000 people live in town, but 20,000 Indians live in the hills nearby and flood the town for the Thursday and Sunday markets. On the way to ChiChi , never have I experienced such roads. Narrow and very steep with up to a 30% grade! That means for every 100 feet you go forward, you gain or lose 30 feet in elevation! With numerous 180 degree hairpin turns, it is quite the experience. Then, once you arrive, words cannot do the town justice! It can only be experienced, but I’ll try to describe it! There are two very old churches about 500 yards apart, facing each other. They may be the most worn,beat-up churches we have seen on this trip! In between the two churches it is VERY crowded, with about 1,000 vendors selling the most brilliantly colored items I’ve ever seen! Every time you turn your head, someone is shoving something in your face, trying to sell you something. The competition is fierce! If while I was there, I did not say, No, gracias,” 10,000 times, I didn’t say it once! At the same time, the people for the most part were friendly and polite. ChiChi cannot be described, it can only be experienced!…

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


We are still in ChiChi…

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…















After about three hours in ChiChi, we decided to drive on to the next town of  Santa Cruz del Quiche, population about 8,000, and about ten miles further. Our guidebook said it  was “a quint friendly town which few tourists ever reach.” Much to our pleasant surprise, it was a holiday and a “fiesta” was in progress, and the whole town was there! A live ten-piece band was playing typical Guatemalan music, and there was plenty of food…




Mom and daughter eating lunch next to us….




This young girl had never seen gringos and she just would not stop grinning! My trip co-planner Bob (background) told the children he was “Santa Claus on vacation.”…













A common site in Central America. You just hop on, hang on and hand the driver a few pennies when you get off…




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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 86 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 86 degrees. Too danged hot!

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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