Central America Trip #33

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here July 16th.




Today… A trip down memory lane!




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…Nicaragua (south-bound) #1…






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…









I sit in the driver’s seat of my motorhome, preparing to enter Nicaragua. This border crossing was located at the apex of a 4,000 foot mountain. It was very steep with lots of 18-wheelers and just finding a place to park while we accomplish our paperwork proved to be quite a chore. We have learned to put aside basically a whole day just to get through the border-crossing process…




We are now down to the 2,500 foot level in the City of Esteli, Nicaragua with a population of about 73,000. Esteli was one of the more active locations during the revolution where most of the heros and martyrs were 17, 18, and 19 year olds. The Museum of Heros and Martyrs depicts the revolution of the Sandinistas against President Somoza in 1979. The old lady docent showed us the pictures of her three sons that were killed in the fighting. It was hard for me to believe that this had happened only 25 years prior to our visit. There are numerous places in the city where you can see scars of bullet hits on the buildings…

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A painting in the museum show children throwing rocks against soldiers with guns…

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Young women also participated in the revolution…




We are now in the beautiful colonial City of Granada, Nicaragua. It’s at the 180 foot elevation with a population of about 110,000  and we are parked along the shore of Lake Nicaragua which is about 100 miles long and 35 miles wide. This gal owned the restaurant where we ate a number of our meals during our six-day visit here…




Marimba music is very popular in Central America…




A beautiful old church gets some maintenance work done…




The inside was in great condition…




Another church…




Art tells the area history…



Granada is a very clean city…

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Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the local mall…




Nicaragua proved to be my favorite country in all of Central America!

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



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


I hope you enjoyed the photos.




I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is Mostly cloudy and 72 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


“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison



“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain


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

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

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