Per Request…I Go Grave-Hunting… (GA60)

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.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails San Benito RV Resort, Paicines, California. I’ll depart from here later this morning.



Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.



In 2012-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!



So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.




This entry was posted March 25, 2012…




Note…I’m currently hanging out in the motorhome at the Moose Lodge in Silver City, New Mexico waiting on an expected transmission rebuild for my 1986 Ford Bronco II




Two days ago I received this Email from my friend Randy Vining…



“Jim:  A legendary guy from my area named Ben Lilly who took Teddy Roosevelt bear hunting—then went west and never came back–rumor had it that he ended up in Silver City, NM where he has a monument or marker dedicated to him.  Let us know if you run across it.”



Per Randy’s request I looked up Ben Lilly, Silver City, New Mexico on the Internet. Among the websites provided I found this Wikipedia link that tells all about Ben Lilly…



Another website provided was a link about the History of the Memory Lane Cemetery in Silver city, New Mexico…



In part…about half-way into the website…the following information is found…

In this pioneer cemetery lie the remains of early settlers, merchants, miners, politicians, and railroad men who contributed to the development of southwestern New Mexico. Among those buried here are Katherine Antrim (1829-1874), mother of Billy the Kid, and Ben V. Lilly (1856-1937), well-known hunter and guide for Theodore Roosevelt. 

Ben Lilly’s grave may be visited by entering the main gate and going for about 20 yards south on the Avenue of Memories. Rose Lane angles off of this in the southwesterly direction. Go down Rose Lane until the road intersects to the right. Go on down Rose Lane about 30 feet and Ben Lilly’s grave is in the third lot (about 50 feet) to the west in section G, Lot 6, Space 1. His marker is not large and reads as follows: 


Lover of the Great Outdoors

Dec. 31, 1853, Hazelhurst, Miss.

Dec. 17, 1936, Buckhorn, N.M.

Courtesy: Town Country Garden Club 

A quick search on Google Earth showed the Memory Lane Cemetery less than one-half mile from my current parking location at the Moose Lodge. Within just a few minutes of walking I was there…

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…

It took me a little while to find the grave location…

The gravestone itself is only about one foot square. Not overly impressive for such a legendary man…

As an interesting aside, Katherine Antrim, the mother of Billy the Kid who lived in Silver City as a very young man, is also buried in this cemetery. Since I did not know the location, I did not seek it out in this rather large cemetery.

Thanks, Randy, for your Email asking about Ben Lilly. Without It I would never had known to look for his memorial.









 Yesterday was cloudy with some rain/sunny and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 68 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 California. 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…

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

For more information about my books, click this link:

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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