Central America Trip #76

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 Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert, California.

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 this 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…Mexico (north-bound) #1…

 

Leaving Guatemala, I immediately felt a “sudden release of tension” that I did not realize was there. I suspect it was of a subconscious sort of thing, associated with all the readings and things I had heard about the “dangers” of Central America. When I crossed into Mexico, I felt I had “returned home” and felt completely at ease. I was now feeling the “rush” of having looked “potential danger” in the eye and returning safely. The feeling seemed to coincide with one of my favorite sayings of life; The sweetest fruit is at the end of the branch.” In other words, if you want to experience the best life has to offer, you must be willing to take some risks.

Our first stop in Mexico was at Comitan. It’s an attractive, clean city with a population of about 105,000 and sits at about the 5,000 foot elevation…

 

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…

 

 

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There are lots of churches in Mexico…

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We then drove on to the city of San Cristobal De Las Casas, population about 117,000 and elevation of 6,750 feet. Our guidebook said “It is one of the prettiest cities in Mexico.” I usually do not care for cities all that much, but I had to admit the San Cristobal De Las Casas, was the most beautiful and cleanest city we had seen on our entire trip. There were none of those black smoke-belching diesel buses here, and the air was refreshingly clean and cool…

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We climbed up these stairs to…

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another church…

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Local women socialize at the central plaza…

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It was the cleanest city of our entire trip so far…

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Where we got to see the flying nun…

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 87 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 89 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 California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapPalm Desert

 

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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