I Visit Bethlehem… (GA93)

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 RV Resort in Chehalis, Washington. I’ll planning to depart her June 11th.

 

 

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 2011-2013, 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 April 27, 2012…

 

 

 

 

A few days ago I passed through Belen, New Mexico. I had read that everything in this city revolved around the railroad. So I parked the motorhome nearby to the Harvey House Museum in the old station. There are actually three stories here…the railroad, the Harvey House and the Belen Model Railroad Club. The city name in Spanish means Bethlehem.

 

 

Rather than me try to explain the history here…it’s easier if you will click the below links and read for yourself…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belen,_New_Mexico

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Harvey_Company

http://www.donaanacountyhistsoc.org/HistoricalReview/ThreeHistoricalReview2011.pdf

http://www.belenharveyhouse.com/BMRC/index.htm

 

 

Once again I was faced with difficult photography conditions…rather dimly lit interiors and brilliant sunshine showing through the large windows in the background. Nonetheless, forward I went…

 

 

Shortly after my arrival I was fortunate enough to meet up with Maurine McMillan. She’s been at the museum for 20 years and now serves as the Director of a staff of 14 volunteers…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She was very knowledgeable and told me all about the history of the railroad, station, museum, the Harvey Girls and the Belen Model Railroad Club.

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some photos that I took while there…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the other 50 photos that I took while there, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/BelenNewMexico

 

 

There’s no way that I can show in the above photos the details of the model railroad club’s layout. Only an in-person visit can allow for the full appreciation of their efforts.

 

 

To appreciate how big the railroad is here, I’m presenting three Google Earth images.

 

 

 

 

 

The first one show the full railroad yard and how it relates to the city…

 

 

 

 

 

Then a closer look. Can you count how many sets of railroad tracks there are? I can’t…

 

 

 

 

 

And then a view looking down on the building that serves as a station, museum and home to the Belen Model Railroad Club…

 

 

Another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle is visiting unique and interesting places. Belen certainly qualifies for that category!

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly cloudy with occasional rain  and 64 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with occasional rain and 59 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 Washington. 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

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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 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

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 -2017

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