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Past family reunions always included a run on the flume over the Independence Day Holiday. Virginia is floating peacefully along. I chose this picture to show what the flume looks like with dappled sun, shadows, and growth on the banks of the gunite flume. It was built during the gold rush to bring water to the miners.

A staying hand, a paddle or two, and the tube obeys in the swirling waters.

Flume Master, Doug, is the hoss, picking the best drop-in to start and the best, and the safest, pull-out near an eddy. He wanted to introduce his friends, Dirk Christianson and family to a unique waterway.

Everyone carries  their own tube. You can jump in anytime but a low spot we’ve nicknamed the beach is Doug’s choice to launch. The gunite can be rough on knees and elbows so an anchor helps people up the bank.  The flume is practically in our backyard, so it’s been our air conditioning for years. Jump in, get your clothes wet and stay cool in half damp clothes for the rest of the day.

Mother, Kelly skipped the first run. She is strong and supple and has the appearance of a yoga maven.

And that is the way she sat her tube. Doug told me later that she is a yoga aficionado. I love my yoga and thai chi, so we have a lot in common.

Daughter Kendal…

…and her friend, Jenna were enjoying the ride. The water is high this year, but that is a relative term. Some places are thigh deep, others calf deep. In a low year, your butt can’t always clear the rocks.

Dirk is watchful, and takes the tubes out for the girls

Young and nimble, they need no help to get up the bank.

They tell the Flume Master all about their experience. It looks like Kendal has twigs caught in her hair.

Time out for snacks between runs.

By the second…

…and third runs, the girls are relaxed and playing games. Kendal admitted they were careful on the first run, watching for poison oak,  spiders, the swift curves and maybe other things Doug teased them about.

Dirk liked the flume. He also pulled out some plastic garbage tangled in some bushes.  The girls snagged a flattened tube someone ditched on the bank. Our rules are you take everything out that you bring in.

Dirk found himself a cool spot, hanging onto a tree root, to sit and enjoy the cool water in the shade.

Virginia and Theo got into a race, passed the girls and…

…the winner was Theo,  first under the bridge.

Mom was a close second.

When Theo made it up top, he was surprised to find out that his dodge past a patch of blackberries left him souvenirs.  The flume is not a straight shot. It winds around and around to slow the water and passes several spots for water to be taken out in case of fire.

Cedric opted to snack and stay on the bridge with Owen who appeared to be feeling poorly, though he denied it.

Hmm! I don’t know. There has to be something amiss with a 17 year old who doesn’t pay attention to two beautiful girls. Time to do some digging and turn that sad face into a smile.

Back at the house, the Flume Master also reigns as Master Meat Chef. Doug makes some amazing tri-tip, ribs, sausage and chicken come off the grill.

Neighbors Cindy and Gary Gonzalez joined us for eats, along with my brother, Bill. Pushing eighty he looks terrific for his age. I’d like to steal some of his natural curly hair. He told me to meet him at the barbershop and take home what I wanted. That wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, doncha know.

Happy Independence Day tomorrow.


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A Drive Into Mexico Leaves Me Glad And Sad…

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 the Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona. I was expecting to leave here recently, but I’ve changed my mind. I currently have reservations at Thousand Trails in Palm Desert, California, February 13th. Between now and then???? For the moment I remain in Yuma.



I just love the ability to change plans at a moments notice. As I tell everyone…All my plans are firmly etched in Jello!



Today’s subject: A drive into Mexico leaves me glad and sad…



Today’s Blog was first posted in January, 2014…



Yesterday I drove the Bronco the 25 miles south of Yuma into San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. The purpose of the trip was to have my no-longer-cooling air conditioning system recharged with R-12 refrigerant which is no longer legal in the United States since 1996.


After crossing the border I drove only about one mile to Midas (mee-DAHS in Spanish). The shop opened at 8:00 AM, I arrived at 9:15 and was the only vehicle 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…
























The manager asked why I did not want to convert my system to the new R-134A refrigerant explaining the cost was the same as the R-12. I said okay…let’s do it.

The job took about two hours with the majority of the time taken up by removing the system compressor, draining the oil and installing the new oil…







Once that was done it was time to load the R-134A refrigerant which took four cans…


The job completed, proved than the R-134A cools much better then the R-12. I’m glad!






The Midas shop also had an adjacent car wash which also washes motors…



















I ended up with a clean motor and a clean Bronco…













An interesting aside about this story. Returning to the border crossing, on the advice of the Manager of Midas, I got into the furthest right of the three possible lanes of traffic. As it turned out…it was the wrong lane…


As I was informed by very adamant U. S. Customs Agents. The told me that this lane was only for “trusted travelers” who have passed a very detailed background check. Apologizing profusely. I explained how I happened to end up here and offered to go back to get into the correct lanes. Not easily done they gave the Bronco a brief inspection and had me sign a form that stated if I did it once again I’d be subject to monetary fines and vehicle impoundment. The one agent with a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and bandoliers of shotgun shells across his chest like Pancho Villa (really) was quite pleasant about the whole affair.






Now about the glad parts…

My R-134A conversion including all parts and labor was $75 U.S. Dollars in Mexico. I could not resist calling Midas in Yuma to inquire how much it would cost to convert my Bronco to r-134 and was told…figure on between $700-$800. In addition, my engine and hand-car wash in Mexico cost me only $20 in U.S. Dollars. In the United States it probably run at least $75.






Now about the sad part…

I have the equivalent of two years and about 16,000 miles exploring Mexico. I just love the Mexican people, scenery, food, music, etc… and enjoyed wandering freely about the country. That all changed on December 11, 2006 when Mexico formally declared a War on Drugs. Since that time Mexico has become a very dangerous place…relatively speaking. It is estimated that 50,000 people have died in the War on Drugs in the last six years. You can read about it by clicking this link…






No longer being able to freely wander Mexico makes me sad! But at least I have my hundreds of photographs…and memories…














































You can read about San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico by clicking this link…




I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy 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 Arizona. 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.

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

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Where All The Fun Began…

Yesterday Mary and I moved the motorhome about 50 miles further South…from Lacey to the Thousand Trails RV Resort in Chehalis, Washington. Established in 1972 this 300 acre, 323 site campground was the very first one…of the now more than 80 campgrounds (they call them Preserves because they are preserving nature)…in the Thousand Trails system. They use the slogan “Where All The Fun Began” to describe this first-one facility.

You can click on the images to see a larger view…

You can read all about this facility by clicking this link…

With this move and for the first time in three months we have moved away from the effects of being near the waters of Puget Sound. When we arrived at 2:30 PM it was 77 degrees and quite humid and by time I finished setting up camp I was sweating. I no longer like to sweat! So I ran the air conditioner for three hours to be comfortable. Being a California gal…Mary handles the heat/humidity better than I do…so she sat outside and read while I stayed inside.

The natural air-conditioning of Puget Sound usually eliminates the need to run an electrical/mechanical air conditioner. That’s the primary reason my southerly migration is a slow one. When you move South too fast it gets too hot quickly.

We are here for a four-day stay.  At 5:00 AM this morning it was 65 degrees…promising another warm day today. The weather is supposed to cool off by Sunday.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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Hot Stuff!!!!

Jim says:

Yesterday at 6:00 AM it was 75 degrees. I decided to unhook the 50 foot 20 amp extension cord and replace it with a 25 foot 30 amp extension cord so I could run the air-conditioner in the motorhome. I set the thermostat at 75 degrees and turned it on at 8:00 AM. My son is away on a business trip and won’t be running over my extension cord with his car.

All closed up for the hot day.

During the course of the day, according to my son’s weather station, the temperature reached 104 degrees in the shade! The humidity was horrid! The air-conditioner ran steadily all day long and despite the thermostat being set at 75 degrees, the mid-afternoon temperature reached 91 degrees in the motorhome. At 9:00 PM the outside temperature was down to 83 degrees, so I shut off the air-conditioner for the night. With the exception of visiting with my son’s family for a few minutes, I spent the day in the motorhome, read my book and did some computer research about our forthcoming return trip to California. We’re scheduled to depart August 15th. Planning the route is almost as much fun as the trip itself!

During the course of the day yesterday, my 12-year-old grandson Eric stopped by to give me another texting lesson. His battery on his cellphone is on its last legs so I went online an ordered one for him as an early birthday present. He will become a genuine teenager on August 11th. His new girlfriend Haley came by and I had a chance to meet and chat with her. Hmmm…life has changed. I didn’t have my first girlfriend until I was 16.

Eric & Haley

At 5:00 AM when I arose this morning it was 81 degrees in the motorhome. On went the air-conditioning. The forecast for today is 90 degrees…still to hot for my liking!

My life-partner Mary has dubbed me the Weather Wimp as I really start to complain when the weather gets out of the 65-75 degree range. It’s hard for me to believe that in 2004 I made a 16,000+ mile, 343 day, RV trip through Mexico and Central America where most of the days were like yesterday and I elected not to use my air-conditioning because I wanted to have a genuine Central America experience. She’s right…I’ve become a Weather Wimp! If I wasn’t here in New England visiting my family and friends…I’d be in the State of Washington where I usually spend my summers. It was 75 degrees there yesterday. Just the right temperature!

Eric and I have made plans to attend a minor league baseball game tomorrow. It starts at 12:05 PM and hopefully it won’t be too hot! The forecast is for 82 degrees.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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