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Central America Trip #52

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.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a couple of months hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

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…Panama (south-bound) #11…

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…

We are still at Portobello, Panama. The next three photos were taken of the harbor from a nearby hill, looking right to left…












We crossed many different styles of bridges during our trip. On a day trip we went 27 miles beyond Portobello to explore the remaining coastline. Rather than try to describe the road conditions, I’ll simply state it took three hours to cover the distance in the Bronco!…




We stopped at the Village of Nombre de Dios (Name of God), founded in 1520. It was the primary shipping point for the shipment of gold to Spain until 1590. Because it was just an open bay and difficult to defend against pirates is why the Spanish changed the trans-shipment point to Portebello…




We drove through the small villages of Viente Frio, Palaque and Miramar (Look at the Ocean). Below we see a creative way to limit the weight of vehicles crossing the bridge…




Beautiful Atlantic Ocean surf…




According to the locals, all that remained up the road was a couple of small dusty villages…




We had reached the end…no more roads…




Nowhere else to go! We are at an eastern point of longitude equivalent to being at Washington, D.C. We have driven the motorhomes 6,644 miles since our departure from Gila bend, Arizona on January 2nd…today is June 26th. A nice happy two hours adjacent to our rigs. I used the occasion to break out a bottle of champagne to toast our successful achievement! Tomorrow we begin our trip back home. We still expect to cross back into the United States at Douglas, Arizona somewhere between November 1st and December 18th…




You can read all about Panama by clicking this link…

Here’s my trip website link…

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with a shower and 61 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.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut

Jim says:

Yesterday, on a delightful sunny day of 79 degrees, moderate humidity and a wonderful breeze, Mary and I visited the Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum located on the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut.

A bit of my history. I spent my first year in the U.S. Navy stationed at the Submarine Base… 51 years ago! From about 1963-1966, I worked at General Dynamics – Electric Boat Division in Groton as a Radiographer…x-raying a number of submarines and their parts during their construction. I also worked on the Millstone #1 & #2 Nuclear Power Stations in nearby Waterford, Connecticut. I accumulated about 10 years of living in the New London-Groton area.

I took this photo off of the Nautilus Website.

Here are a number of photos I took yesterday…

The Nautilus at its permanent location as seen from the parking lot.
Diameters of submarines. The small one represents the USS Holland from 1900 and the large one an Ohio Class submarine of today.
The retired sail from the first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Submarine George Washington. I worked on this boat in the mid-1960’s.
Mary drives the boat in a simulated control room.
Mary looks through a periscope.
I took this photo through the periscope. I’m ready to fire a torpedo into the rear of my Bronco!
A model of the first submarine…David Bushnell’s Turtle.
A painting of the Nautilus departing the from Groton-New London into the Atlantic Ocean.
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover is known as the Father of the Nuclear Navy.
Mary on the deck of the Nautilus. The submarines depart under the bridge into the Atlantic Ocean.
Mary steps through a water-tight compartment hatchway.
The Groton Submarine Base as seen from the Nautilus.

Here’s the official Nautilus website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover…

Here’s a Wikipedia Informational link about Groton and General Dynamics Electric Boat…,_Connecticut

To see the other 49 photos I took, click this link…

Finally here’s a photo of a coffee-table book about the first 100 years of the United States Naval Submarine Service. The lady behind the counter told me it’s now out of print and knows of no more plans for further publication. I got it for only $25!

This book is 352 11×14 pages and weighs 6.5 pounds!

You can buy this book for only $61 on Amazon…

It was a most enjoyable day for me reliving my past of 40+ years ago with Mary.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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We Travel To Kensington, New Hampshire

Jim says:

On another very hot and humid day, we drove the motorhome and Bronco about 50 miles North to Kensington, New Hampshire. It’s located just a few miles into New Hampshire from Massachusetts and less than 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. This marks the northern-most planned travel location for the motorhome during our almost year-long trip.

We’re parked at American Legion Post #105. We really lucked out here as the only activity is Bingo on Tuesday night, plus we have an electrical hookup so we can run the air-conditioner all day.

Shortly after arriving we drove the about six miles to the town of East Kingston, New Hampshire where I lived in 1963-65. Then we drove to Exeter, New Hampshire about eight miles away where my son Jim was born in 1964.

We’ll explore the nearby area for the next couple of days.

Here are eight photos I took yesterday…

Our parking place at American Legion Post #105 in Kensington, New Hampshire.
A World War II personnel carrier at American Legion Post #105.
Downtown East Kingston, New Hampshire.
The only store in town is circa 1800.
The East Kingston railroad station.
The house I lived in at 124 Depot Road has been substantially remodeled.
Downtown Exeter, New Hampshire. My son Jim was born in this town in 1964.
An interesting story.

At 6:00 AM this morning it was 73 degrees with 95% humidity. The weather wimp (that’s me) says “TRIPLE YUK!”.

We will spend three nights here.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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Jim’s daughter-in-law, Wendy, with her sisters gathered at the beach. Her brother, not pictured, is also present. This camp out at Rocky Neck for the Coombe family has been a tradition for many years. Rocky Neck is approximately 20-30 minutes from home for everybody. Adults and the kids look forward to this yearly reunion.   The kids are all cavorting in the sand or the shallow, sandy bottomed Atlantic. Great place for kids to swim. Since I’m a big kid, I enjoyed it too. Compared to the Pacific, the water is warm and friendly. It even seems less salty.

Two nine year old cousins, Shelby and Jaime, walked with me to the jetty.  They showed me where the brook enters the ocean; helped me find pretty stones unique to the area; and where the ice cream truck hangs out.

I teased them that this was their favorite part of the beach.

Three of the cousins biked back to the campground with me. Meridith, the youngest, biked with her mom and dad since she can’t yet keep up with the older kids.

Shelby diverted me to an amphitheater where she posed for the camera with no prompting. I can see a budding actress here.

Before dinner, the kids played rousing games of volley ball with all comers.

Jim stayed away from the beach, nursing his bug bites and settled in with a good book. This is our last day at Rocky Neck, but the families traditionally stay from one to three weeks, depending on schedules.

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We Get Acquainted With Katharine Hepburn…

Jim says:

Well, kinda sorta.

A few miles from where our motorhome is parked in my son’s yard is the Town of Old Saybrook. In this town there is the Katharine Hepburn Museum because for many years she lived here in her Atlantic Ocean waterfront home. Yesterday we visited her museum. It’s not all that large, yet tastefully done and a pleasant experience. After the museum we set out to find her home and find it we did.

Here’s a couple of photos that I took…


To see the other 10 photos I took, click this link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Katharine Hepburn…

She began her acting career at the Ivoryton Playhouse in 1931…the same town in which my son lives and where we are now parked. She died in 2003 at the age of 96. My very favorite role she played was in the movie African Queen with Humphrey Bogart.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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Cape Cod – Day 1

Jim says:

With Mary feeling much better, yesterday we headed out on a day sight-seeing trip. Since the weather forecast was for sunny, in the mid-80’s and high humidity, I chose a route that I hoped would provide us with some ocean breezes to help stay a little cooler.

We departed our parking location at the VFW in Hyannis and headed east along the southern coast. Reaching the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern shore of Cape Cod, we turned north for a while and returned to our starting point on the Mid-Cape Highway, U.S. Route 6. Along the way we passed though towns with names like Yarmouth, Harwich, Chatham and Orleans. We enjoyed a nice seafood platter for lunch.

Arriving back at the VFW about 3:30 PM, it was hot! So we retreated to the air-conditioned VFW lounge and enjoyed a cool one. Luckily very near our motorhome parking spot we have some nice trees. We retired there in the shade with a nice breeze and read our books until about 8:00 PM. Other than being to hot for a while, it was another nice day.


Here’s four of the photos I took…


To see the other 34 photos I took, click this link…

After being on Martha’s Vineyard for a week, Mary didn’t like all the traffic and people here on Cape Cod. “Just wait until the weekend”…I told her…”You ain’t seen nothing yet!”

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2009
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