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About ramblinmanjimj

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Jim Jaillet was born in Gardner, Massachusetts on December 5, 1940 and, like a true Sagittarius he says he is "addicted to the life of a traveler." He built his first "RV" in the form of a converted International Panel Truck in 1962. Painted a beautiful metallic green with "The Weekend Wanderer" in a gold color, it was the first of many RVs he has owned over the years. He has been RVing full-time since he retired in 1995 and he says he somewhat resembles that old Johnny Cash song "I've been everywhere, man!" He hopes to be the first 100-year-old RVer!

Bakersfield To Paicines, California

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

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 189 miles from Bakersfield to Paicines, California.

 

Here’s a previous blog link from 2011 about part of the drive…

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/100-miles-of-beauty/

 


Upon arrival I parked at Thousand Trails San Benito RV Resort…

 

My camping site…

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the usual dinnete window photo…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very pretty black and white bird stopped by for a brief visit. I do not know what kind it is, if you do, please let me know…

 

 

 

 

 

I’m scheduled to depart here April 19th.

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 73 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 67 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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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A New Way To TV For Me…

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 Moose Club #2178 in Bakersfield, California. Because I wanted a great taco salad last evening on Taco Tuesday, I’ll depart here later this morning.

 

I’ve never been much of a over-the-air TV watcher. Primarily because you were required to watch what THEY wanted, when THEY wanted. Then I also grew weary of the numerous and endless commercials.

 

Years ago in my last motorhome, I once hauled around a Dish TV Satellite Antenna..which I also grew weary of for the same reasons as mentioned above. I found someone to give it to.

 

Over the years, I’ve acquired about 300 of my favorite movies which I could enjoy at my leisure and pleasure, without commercials!

 

Recently I overheard someone talking about Roku and decided to look into it. Roku is a wireless television system offering 3,500+ channels. All you need is a TV that has a HDMI port, a decent wireless signal and a Roku device. (One time purchase price of $49.99 and no monthly fees.)

 

The only downsize was streaming TV gobbles up Gigabytes. A two-hour movie uses about one GB. Even with my Verizon 16GB plan…it just would not do. So, I called Verizon and upgraded to their unlimited date, talk and text plan and my bill went down by $16! I now get all that for $94  a month…now we’re talking! Now Roku can work for me!

 

The thing I’m loving about Roku is I can watch what I want, when I want. Within a few seconds I can find free and interesting programing with no commercials!

 

For instance, last night I watched a three-part series (one hour each), on The History of the Appalachian people. A great series…with no commercials!!!

 

Back in 2011, I replaced my old behemoth 54 pound, 18″ TV with a new 26 LG flat screen (11 pounds) and also installed a six-channel surround sound system. Here’s a link to that happening… https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/the-motor-home-theater-is-now-operational/

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some photos associated with my new Roku set-up…

 

 

I just replaced my 10-year-old, 15″ bedroom TV…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with a new LG 24″ flat screen TV…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a Roku box…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a Wikipedia link about Roku…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roku

 

 

To find out more about Roku, simply type it into your Internet search box.

 

For those of you who know about or have it and are wondering why I just recently found out about it, need to know I’ve not watched TV for approaching 20 years…that includes the news which I find very negative and I cannot do a thing about it. I’ve reached a point in my life (also about 20 years ago) where nothing affects me any more. 911 doesn’t affect me, the wars in the middle east don’t affect me. I’ve come to find that if there is something important is going on in the world, that I’ll hear people talking about it and then I can look into how it might affect me.

 

I’ve come to love that attitude because it provides me with a very peaceful and contented state of mind. Hence, that’s how I found out about Roku.

 

 

Finally, TV the way it should be!!!!

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 71 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 75 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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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Acton To Bakersfield, California

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

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 113 miles from Acton to Bakersfield, California.

 

 

My original plans departing Acton were to perhaps do some shopping and spend the night on the high desert, perhaps at Palmdale, Mojave or Tehachapi. However checking the weather forecast I found High Wind Warnings with gust to 75 miles per hour.

 

 

I’ve had a previous experience with high winds in this area in 2011. Here’s my blog link from that event…

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/a-most-unusual-rving-day/

 

And Mary’s blog from that event…

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/dangerous-wind-storm-mojave-to-tehachapi/

 

 

So, instead of lingering, I beat feet over the hill and into Bakersfield. Most of yesterday’s drive was in 40-50 mph steady winds with the 75 mph forecast for after 11 AM. My average speed was about 45 mph or less and the normal two-hour drive became a three-hour drive.

 

In the below photo, I had just crossed Tehachapi Summit driving straight into the oncoming wind. I was really being buffeted about and the wind generator farm on the left was doing a booming business…

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Shortly after I took the above photo, the clouds really blackened up and dropped down to ground level accompanied by heavy rain. It was quite dicey for a while.

 

 

I arrived in Bakersfield at 11 AM then did my shopping. Then I parked at Moose Club #2178. I have parked here on my way south and north for a number of years. Nice electric hookup here allows me a convenient and comfortable stay at this active and friendly club…

 

 

 

 

 

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As usual, the view from the dinette window…

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I’ll spend the day here so I can enjoy Taco Tuesday at the Eagles Club. I’ll depart here tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 70 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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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Pancho Villa State Park – Columbus New Mexico (GA45)

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 Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California. I’ll depart 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 10, 2012…

 

 

 

We are parked at Pancho Villa State Park at Columbus, New Mexico.

 

 

One might wonder how a New Mexico State Park gets to be named for someone who raided the Town of Columbus, New Mexico on March 9, 1916 and killed 18 Americans. I researched that topic on-line and found the answer in one word…TOURISM. It was meant to attract tourists. The U.S. Army Camp that was here was named Camp Furlong. Now…would you go out of your way to go to Camp Furlong State Park? Most likely not!

 

 

Nonetheless controversy over the naming of the park still remains. The following two links provide the information…

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-03-09-1Apanchovilla09_CV_N.htm

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/letters/2011-03-14-letters14_ST_N.htm

 

 

Upon arrival four days ago we purchased a New Mexico Annual Camping Permit. It allows a full year’s use in all of New Mexico’s State Parks for a non-resident for only $225. You are allowed to stay as long as three weeks before being required to move along. If you desire an electrical hook-up it is available for only $4 a night. I have several friends who have purchased this Annual Camping Permit in the past and speak highly of it. We intend to spend the better part of 2012 exploring New Mexico…

 

 

 

 

 

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 must tell you Pancho Villa State Park is one of the nicest state parks I’ve been to. At 49 acres with only 62 campsites…that makes it very spacious. Lots of room between campsites also makes it very quiet and peaceful. It’s also nice and level which makes for very easy RV parking. The desert scenery is very beautiful in its own natural way.

 

 

 

Here’s a Google Earth image showing Columbus, New Mexico is only three miles from Palomus, Mexico. Our location is shown by an “X”…

 

 

 

Here’s one showing the state park boundaries. Our site is marked as an “X”…

 

 

 

Here’s a photo of our campsite…

 

 

 

Here’s a panorama shot of Columbus, New Mexico looking east from north to south…

 

 

 

Here’s another looking directly to the south, east to west,  over the state park and into Mexico. Our motorhome is somewhere in this photo…

 

 

This link provides a good description of the park…
http://columbusnewmexico.com/columbus_new_mexico_pancho_villa_state_rv_park.htm

 

 

Yesterday morning at 10:00 AM we were among the about 50 people who braved the cold temperature and a rather brisk wind to attend an hour-long memorial service for the eight soldiers and ten civilians killed in the raid. In addition 90 Villaistas were also killed. I was honored when asked to respond for Private Fred A. Griffin during the Honor Roll Call. When his name was called I answered loudly “Here, Sir” and a bell was rung in remembrance. The other 17 causalities also had representatives to answer for their name when called. Mary answered for a civilian.

 

 

 

Private Fred A. Griffin was the first soldier killed in the raid. His image and information is shown below…

 

 

 

Here are some other photos I took during the memorial service…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the memorial service we went to the nearby Columbus Historical Society Museum in the refurbished old railroad depot. There are three rooms full of local historical information and one room is dedicated to the Villa Raid, Camp Furlong and the Punitive Expedition led by General John “Black Jack” Pershing who pursued Villa into Mexico.

 

 

 

Here are some photos from the museum…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From this nearby small rise of land known as Cootes Hill, the soldiers of Camp Furlong drove the Villaistas from Columbus back towards Mexico…

 

 

We expect to move on from Pancho Villa State Park tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/columbus-nm-memorial-day/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 64 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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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Pancho Villa Attacks Columbus, New Mexico! (GA44)

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 Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California. I’m expecting to depart here tomorrow.

 

 

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 9, 2012…

 

 

 

We are currently parked at the Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, New Mexico.

 

 

This morning at about 4:20 AM, 96 years ago, in 1916, Pancho Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico from the southwest, riding over the very ground where we are currently parked. The below Google Earth image shows Mexico is only three miles south of our location marked by the “X”…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a photo of Pancho…

 

 

 

 

 

and a photo of a mural honoring Pancho. I took this photo in Parral, Mexico in 2004. Pancho was living in near Parral in retirement when he was assassinated in 1923.

 

 

To read all about Pancho Villa, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pancho_Villa

 

 

To read all about the attack, click this link..
http://web.nmsu.edu/~publhist/colhist.htm

 

 

Here’s a photo of our site. Mexico can be seen in the background. Pancho Villa and his men rode across this very land to attack Columbus, New Mexico…

 

 

Once again, it is interesting and fun to walk literally in the footsteps of history.

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/pancho-villa-state-park/

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 63 degrees. Forecast for today is 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

2

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…

DSC040481b

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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A Huffin’ And A Puffin’ – New Mexico (GA43)

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 Soledad Canyon RV Resort at Acton, California. I’m expecting to depart here March 27th.

 

 

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 8, 2012…

 

 

 

Two days ago we departed Douglas, Arizona. We had another planned stop in the Chirichaua Mountains, but with high winds in the weather forecast we pressed on to our current location of Pancho Villa State Park at Columbus, New Mexico.

 

 

The first about 60 miles of the trip along Arizona State Highway 80 went smoothly as the winds from the south-southwest were acting as a tail-wind into New Mexico. However when we turned right and headed east on New Mexico State Highway 9…the 30+ mile an hour winds were for the most part hitting us near broadside for the next about 100 miles. Nothing out there to block the wind…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunately we arrived safely at Pancho Villa State Park about 2;00 PM and got settled in as the winds by then had increased to a steady 40+ miles per hour. The winds continued to huff and puff all through the night. Yesterday morning’s sunrise was cloudy and dusty…

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the day progressed the winds increased to about a steady 50 miles per hour with gusts to over 70 miles per hour. Despite the fact that I had managed to park the motorhome so that the winds hit us on the right rear-quarter of the motorhome…we still did a fair amount of rockin’ and rollin’. All day long…it continued. We are at the very southerly end of the park so as the wind rolled in over the open desert we got blasted with sand and dust all day long.

 

 

Here are some photos that I took that do not do the windstorm justice. If it were a clear day, Mexico can be plainly seen only three miles away. Not yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we hunkered down and stayed in the motorhome all day. I did a lot of computer work, played some spider solitaire and read. Mary worked on her various projects. When we turned in for the night…the wind was still a huffin’ and a puffin’. It finally died out during the night and this morning things are peaceful and calm once again. It was quite a 36 hour-long experience.

 

 

Local area roads including Interstate Highway 10 all across the State of New Mexico and New Mexico Highway 11 from Columbus to Deming were closed for several hours yesterday afternoon. Wind gusts to 75 miles per hour were reported.

 

 

Winds of these type are somewhat frequent in the southwest as Spring approaches. Two years ago today, March 8, 2011, I published a Blog entry about another high-wind we experienced. It was quite a happening. You can read all about it by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

 

 

Here’s Mary’s Blog entry for that day…
http://wp.me/pDCku-1hY

 

 

I think there is a song with the words “some days are diamonds, some days are dust”. Yesterday was a dusty one…literally. Fortunately they do not happen frequently!

 

 

 

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…!!!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/bisbee-deportation/

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 74 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 63 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

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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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