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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!

Coast Guard Station Near Ilwaco, Washington

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Long Beach RV Resort in Seaview, Washington. My scheduled departure date is July 10th.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

Last year I visited the Coast Guard Station near Ilwaco Washington. It’s adjacent to the Cape Disappointment State Park which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Disappointment_State_Park

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…

 

This Google Earth view shows the area from directly above…

 

 

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This closer view of the station shows the vessels and nearby administrative buildings in the upper left corner. The white line heading towards the bottom of the image is a concrete road that climbs the steep incline to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse which is maintained by Coast Guard personnel…

 

 

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The entrance sign. To read about the Coast Guard…click this link…http://www.uscg.mil/top/about/

 

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The vessels as seen approaching the station…

 

 

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In front of the administrative buildings is an earlier model of a rescue lifeboat. The read the Presidential Citation for a past crew member of this vessel…click this link…http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=308050

 

 

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This is where the brave men and women of the Coast Guard learn their specialty skills…

 

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Some of the vessels…

 

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The other vessels…

 

 

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Seaman Mike Doyle give me a very in-depth tour. He is a very knowledgeable technician of his trade…

 

 

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The interior of one of the vessels…

 

 

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A different vessel interior…

 

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One of the engine rooms…

 

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This vessel is designed to do a complete rollover and right itself. To see an amazing short video of this vessel in a rollover…click this link…http://youtu.be/ibPLFkEpMrM

 

 

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Another rollover vessel. Seaman Doyle told me there are only four in the Coast Guard fleet…

 

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On the newer model vessels technology has replaced the ship’s wheel. The toggle switch on the right controls the speed and the toggle switch on the left controls the direction of the vessel.

 

 

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Seaman Doyle showed me this YouTube training video…

Thank you Seaman Doyle for a great tour!

To see the other 13 photos that I took, you will need to CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

 

 

Coast Guard Station Near Ilwaco, Washington

 

 

I’ve been here in the Ilwaco area several times before and always enjoy this beautiful area.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today sunny and 69 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…

 

 

united-states-mapILL

 

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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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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Near Ilwaco, Washington

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Long Beach RV Resort in Seaview, Washington. My scheduled departure date is July 10th.

Note: Western Washington experienced record-breaking heat during June which is continuing into July. I’ve been on the Pacific coast for almost two months to avoid this heat. Because of some last-minute cancellations, I’m able to extend my stay here in Seaview until July 10th. My next destination will be inland at Monroe, Washington. Forecast through July 9th there is mid 90’s to very high 80’s. July 10th is forecast for 77 degrees and returning to the usual more moderate temperatures. In the meantime, back at Mary’s it will be 100 degrees today and here in Seaview 68 degrees. That’s why I’m here. Happy July 4th!

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

Last year I visited the lighthouse at Cape Disappointment near Ilwaco Washington. It’s part of the Cape Disappointment State Park which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Disappointment_State_Park

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…

This Google Earth view shows the area from directly above…

 

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While the distance between the Lewis & Clark Interpretative Center and the lighthouse is only 713 feet according to the Google Earth ruler…to get to the lighthouse you have to walk a 3/4 mile up and down trail to get around Dead Man’s Cove. Here’s a closer Google Earth view of today’s subjects…

 

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The trip begins at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center parking lot…

 

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Along the way I got a peek-a-boo view of the Coast Guard Station that I will be visiting tomorrow…

 

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There is no beach access to Dead Man’s Cove so one must take what they can get for views of the cove…

 

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More remaining concrete structures from World War II Fort Canby…

 

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After a steep uphill climb I arrive at the lighthouse. Unlike the North Head Light I went to a couple of days ago…there is no internal access to this lighthouse. The concrete road is used by Coast Guard personnel for maintenance of the lighthouse…

 

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A silhouette behind a bright clouded sun…

 

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Looking over the last 1/3 right side of the jetty is the mouth of the Columbia River leading inland from where Lewis and Clark came towards the Pacific Ocean…

 

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A sign near the lighthouse shows the shipwrecks at the mouth of the Columbia River…

 

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Looking to the north the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center can be seen sitting upon the high cliff on the right. At the shoreline in the distance is Waikiki Beach Which I’ll feature in  Blog entry soon…

 

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To see the other 16 photos that I took, you will need to CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

 

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse Near Ilwaco, Washington

 

 

You can read all about the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Disappointment_Light

I’ve been here in the Ilwaco area several times before and always enjoy this beautiful area.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 67 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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapILL

 

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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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 500 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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Near Ilwaco, Washington

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Long Beach RV Resort in Seaview, Washington. My scheduled departure date is July 6th.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

While here last year, I visited the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment near Ilwaco Washington. It’s part of the Cape Disappointment State Park which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Disappointment_State_Park

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…

This Google Earth view shows the area from directly above…

 

 

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The entrance sign…

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The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is built atop an old gun battery emplacement of Fort Canby from from World War II…

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The overlook in the front of the center. What are these folks looking at?…

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This…(180 degree panorama)

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To the left is the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse which will be the topic of tomorrow’s Blog posting…

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And straight ahead the Pacific Ocean and the jetty. To the very far right you can see a small portion of Waikiki Beach which will be more closely examined soon…

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The interpretive center does a very complete job of detailing the Lewis & Clark expedition….but dark and very difficult to photograph. A 16 minute film provides a good overview of their journey. In addition there is a small maritime museum.

Here’s a sea chart of the mouth of the Columbia river…

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This glass float came all the way from japan…

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The old Fresnel Lens from the Cape Disappointment lighthouse…

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I love photographing forms and patterns. This is looking up into the top of the Fresnel Lens…

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And finally a very long distance shot of the end of the jetty where I just happened to catch a seagull in flight…

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To see the other 22 photos that I took, you will need to CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

 

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center Near Ilwaco, Washington

 

 

I’ve been here in the Ilwaco area several times before and always enjoy this beautiful area.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 67 degrees. Forecast for today is 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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapILL

 

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

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Beards Hollow Near Ilwaco, Washington

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Long Beach RV Resort in Seaview, Washington. I’ll depart from here next Sunday.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

About one mile south of my current camping location, 209 years ago Captain William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) and a few of his men finally reached the shore of the Pacific Ocean. On November 19, 1805 they stepped upon the sand beach, today known as Beards Hollow.

Beards Hollow was named after Captain E.N. Beard whose ship, the bark Vandalia, met disaster off the mouth of the Columbia River in 1853. The crew was lost and Captain Beard’s body was found on the beach near the hollow.

The below Ilwaco tourist map shows the area. I’ve highlighted Beards Hollow on the Pacific Ocean in yellow…

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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The below Google Earth image shows the Beards Hollow from above. O marks the observation point overlooking Beards Hollow. The path Clark walked upon can be seen about 300 feet south of the observation point. P marks the parking area. LC marks the trail walked by Clark…

 

 

 

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This is the view from the observation point. Most likely similar to Clark’s first view of the Pacific Ocean…

 

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According to the map he walked on this path 300 feet south of the observation point…

 

 

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About one mile later…finally…after 555 days (one year, six months and six days) after they began their journey…they arrived at the Pacific Ocean…

 

 

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The brown pelicans, Canadian geese and the seagulls were enjoying their day…

 

 

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Looking north the Long Beach Peninsula goes for another 28 miles. Vehicles are allowed to drive on the beach. My current camping location is about one mile up the beach and 1/4 mile inland…

 

 

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To see the other 36 photos that I took…click this Picasa web album photo…

 

 

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If you have forgotten your history lesson about Lewis and Clark, you can refresh your memory by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_and_Clark_expedition

I’ve been here in the Ilwaco area several times before and always enjoy this beautiful area.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 67 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 our approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapILL

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

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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I’m Camped Only One Mile from A Famous Place…

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Long Beach RV Resort in Seaview, Washington. My scheduled departure date is July 2nd.

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

I’m currently camped about one mile north from where Captain William Clark (of Lewis and Clark) stepped upon the sand beach of Beards Hollow on the shore of the Pacific Ocean on November 19, 1805. It marks the most westerly point achieved by the Lewis and Clark expedition.

A 1/4 mile walk west of the campground…brings you to the Pacific Ocean…

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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About one mile south is Beards Hollow…

 

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Here’s a Lewis and Clark route map showing my proximity to that famous site. Looking closely you will see Captain Clark and his men walked north (left) on the beach by my campground. They went about nine miles further north before returning to Ilwaco. They then crossed the Columbia River to winter at Fort Clatsop in Oregon which I wrote about previously. If you missed that Blog entry you can read it by clicking this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-arj

 

 

 

Here’s a Google Earth view looking north up the Washington Coast to Canada.  TT marks my Thousand Trails current location…

 

 

 

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 63 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapILL

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

 

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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Seaside, Oregon To Seaview, Washington

Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. The construction of Mary’s rental continues along…slowly. She now is hoping to rejoin me by early September.  :(

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 35 miles from Seaside, Oregon to Seaview, Washington.

On the way to Seaview, I crossed the Columbia River on the bridge that goes from Astoria, Oregon to Megler, Washington. According to Wikipedia, at 4.1 miles it is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America. You can read all about this bridge by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astoria-Megler_Bridge

You can see the bridge location in the below Google Earth image. The TT pin marks my current location…

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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I approached the bridge heading in an easterly direction…

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Up on the bridge, one lane was closed to facilitate sandblasting and painting…

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Once over the highest point of the bridge you still have a way to go before reaching Washington…

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I took the following three photos a few years back. This one is from a hilltop overlooking Astoria…

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Down along the waterfront in Astoria…

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Climbing the upward incline ramp…

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I’m scheduled to be in Seaview for 3 days. I’ve been here several times before and always enjoy this beautiful area.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 62 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 65 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…

 

united-states-mapILL

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

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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