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Baker, Louisiana Day 1 (GA424)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 23rd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Conner, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

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.

This entry was posted March 11, 2013…

 

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 75 miles from Duson to Baker, about 5 miles north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The journey, mostly on Interstate Highway 10,  was a difficult one with strong gusty winds from the south hitting the motorhome broadside on the passenger side. Along the way we crossed the Atchafalaya Swamp…the largest river swamp in the United States. The bridge across the swamp is 18.2 miles long. You can read about the Atchafalaya Swamp by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atchafalaya_Basin

 

 

The X in the below Google Earth image marks the tourist information center in the middle of the swamp where we stopped to empty our waste tanks and fill our fresh water tank. The V locates where we are currently parked at VFW Post #4224. The reason we are parked here is because Mary flies from Baton Rouge Airport to return to her home in California tomorrow morning.

 

 

 

 

 

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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Here are some photos that I took at the tourist information center…

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You can see some beautiful photos the Atchafalaya Swamp by clicking this link…
http://www.kuriositas.com/2010/09/atchafalaya-biggest-swamp-in-states.html

 

 

You can read about the swamp people by clicking this link…
http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people/articles/the-atchafalaya-swamp

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s where we are parked at VFW Post #4224. They have graciously provided an electrical hookup. As I write this morning it is raining heavily. It’s supposed to clear later today with a very pleasant weather forecast for the next week…129

 

 

 

 

 

And the usual dinette photo…

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I hope to get Mary back by mid-April…right after tax time is done. My current plans are to stay here for a few days and then start SLOWLY drifting north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there!

 

 

Enjoying the Atchafalaya Swamp 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 Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

 

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/2013/03/11/cajun-jam-at-vermillion-ville/

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Forecast for today is sunny and 73 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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 -2018

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It’s Veterans Day…Thank A Vet!

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

 

I’m planning to  depart November 28th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

 

 

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…

 

 

TODAY IS VETERANS DAY. TAKE TIME TO THANK A VET!

See how easy it is…

If the video does not show, click this link… http://youtu.be/x2L3skZ7FEw

 

 

 

 

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I served from 1958 to 1962. Here I am at 20 years old in 1960. Photo was taken in Amsterdam, Holland…

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And here I am at 72 years old three years ago…

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I’m proud to be a Life Member of VFW Post #4224, Baker, Louisiana…where the following two photos were taken…

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You can read all about Veterans Day by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 81 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 82 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…

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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 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 works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2016

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Las Vegas, Nevada To Barstow, California

The motorhome is parked at the Idle Spurs Restaurant in Barstow, California. I expect to be here 3-4 days.

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 160 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada to Barstow, California. 95+% of the trip was on Interstate Highway 15, the main route between Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. Barstow is about midway between the two cities.

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…

In Nevada, Interstate Highway 15 is 6 lanes…speed limit is 70 miles per hour…

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About one hour later you enter California where it becomes four lanes…speed limit is 70 miles per hour and 55 for all vehicles towing…

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Some kind of a large solar installation on the right…

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In the below photo I’m traveling in the slow truck lane doing 55-60 on the 17 mile long decent to Baker, California…

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Which is home to the World’s tallest thermometer. At 134 feet it signifies the highest temperature ever record at Death Valley which begins just north of Baker. You can read all about the thermometer by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_tallest_thermometer

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A few miles out of Barstow I left the Interstate Highway to drive on old historic U.S. Route 66…

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I knew Barstow had an American Legion, Eagles and VFW…so I thought no problem finding a place to park. Wrong! At 1:15 PM The American Legion had a locked gate. That won’t work. The Eagles Club is in the center of town with a very small, rough sloping parking lot that wouldn’t work. I ended up at the VFW six miles on the other side of town where the only place to park was against the wall…

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And this was the dinette window photo…

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After I has a cold beer to cool me down I went outside to the motorhome where my weather station told me it was 87 DEGREES! up against that wall. That won’t work…so I made a couple of quick phone calls and got permission to park at the Idle Spurs Restaurant about two miles north of town. A whole lot better…

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With a better dinette window view…

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I’m expecting to be here 3-4 days. You can read all about Barstow by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barstow,_California

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny and 87 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 77 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Nevada. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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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/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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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Natchez, Mississippi – Day 1

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to drift SLOWLY north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England for the Summer. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there!
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Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 110 miles from Baker, Louisiana to Natchez Mississippi. I could have taken an Interstate highway but elected the little longer back-roads route. I could have stopped at a remote Corps of Engineers campground about half-way, but it was hot and humid with no Internet signal and I knew there was an electrical outlet and a fan or air conditioning waiting for me in Natchez.

Along the way I went over the new bridge near St. Francisville. When Mary and I were in this area in 2010 we had to cross the Mississippi River on a ferry. You can read about that crossing by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-iq

It’s obviously a lot faster and more convenient…but not as quaint. Another piece of America’s lost.

You can read about this new bridge by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon_Bridge_%28Mississippi_River%29

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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A few more miles along the way I went through the small Village of Morganza…population 659. You can read about Morganza by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morganza,_Louisiana

Despite being small…it does have a claim to fame. The cafe scene portion of the 1969 classic movie Easy Rider was filmed here. If you do not remember the movie, you can refresh your memory by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

You can watch a portion of this scene as it appears between 1:44 and 1:55 on the official film trailer video by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjlxqANj68U

The cafe was torn down a number of years ago and all that remains is a sidewalk monument in front of where the cafe was located…

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To read about the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.myneworleans.com/Louisiana-Life/November-December-2010/At-Last-a-Monument-for-Easy-Rider/

To see some photos of the making of the movie here, click this link…
http://www.pointecoupeehistoricalsociety.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=8134769

To the left is a Baptist Church and the main intersection of town…

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Where they still have a little old gas station…

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Continuing along on Louisiana old Highways 1 and 15, the roads narrowed and have been patched over many times since they were built back in the 1930’s. This made for slow going…sometimes below 20 miles per hour. Out into the remote back country for many miles where the main occupations are farming and keeping the mighty Mississippi River in its banks.

Here are some photos…

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Reaching civilization once again…I crossed the Mississippi River once again into Natchez, Mississippi…

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Where I’m now parked at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1662. Here’s the front view…

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And the back view showing the swimming pool area…

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And my usual dinette window shot…

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Here I have a very convenient location, an electrical and water hookup along with a very fast Internet signal compliments of the Moose Club. I expect to be here about a week.

Enjoying friendly Moose Clubs 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 Mississippi. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Baker, Louisiana – Day 8

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to start SLOWLY drifting north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! I’ll be departing from here later this morning.
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The motorhome is currently parked at VFW Post #4224 in Baker, a few miles north of Baton Rouge.

I’m finishing up an eight-day visit at “the friendliest VFW Post in the United States”. No offense meant to other VFW Posts…but if there is a friendlier post…I haven’t been there. Here’s some photos of the bar area…

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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Some of the ceiling panels were painted by a lady who is no longer in the area. They identify and honor important items/events and people such as James Ewell Brown, aka JEB, Stuart for whom the post is named. If you’ve forgotten or do not know who he was, clicking this Wikipedia link will cure that problem…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.E.B._Stuart

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Missing in action prisoners of war…

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The Purple Heart. Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat…

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Post members…some who are deceased. Wayne and I became good friends during my eight-day visit…

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And, of course, the winning of the Super Bowl by the New Orleans Saints in 2010…

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Ever present past Commander Mark. He’s always there and everywhere…like preparing to cook yesterday’s corned beef meal. He usually cooks something every Sunday…except during the Summer when he plays golf.  Sill in the Air Force Reserve…he has 29 years of service…

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It was Mark who welcomed me upon my arrival a week ago Sunday and got me setup in to my parking place and offered an electrical hookup.

This VFW Post has a unique gesture which I’ve really not seen at other posts. Pretty near everyone, when arriving or departing, will take the time to stop, say hello and shake hands with everyone in the bar. They even did it for newly arrived me. This membership uniqueness moved me so that I have decided to transfer my membership to this post and become a VFW Life Member as well.  My transfer application is in process and I’ll soon be a member of “The Friendliest VFW Post In The United States”. Thank you to all the members for your friendship…I’m proud to be affiliated with you!

Here’s a photo of my new post…

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Enjoying friendly VFW Posts 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 Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Baker, Louisiana – Day 7

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to stay here for a few days and then start SLOWLY drifting north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! I now expect to leave tomorrow.
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The motorhome is currently parked at VFW Post #4224 in Baker, a few miles north of Baton Rouge.

In recent days I’ve had occasion to be in the Port Allen area, directly across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge. It’s located about 10 miles south of my current parking location. While in that area I visited three historical locations. In the below Google Earth image V indicates my current parking location at VFW Post #4224. Point #1 indicates the approximate location of the sunken Civil War Confederate Ship CSS Arkansas which you can read about by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS_Arkansas

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 following photos are from the above Wikipedia link…

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According to the Wikipedia article, the ship is buried under this levee…

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I walked down this path to the river’s edge…

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Looking north I could see the Highway 190 bridge. Looking south was heavy with trees which did not allow a photo…

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While in that general locale, I got these two other photos…

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About three miles further south at point #2 is the site of the old ferry crossing between Port Allen and Baton Rouge which you can read about by clicking this link…
http://historicalbatonrouge.blogspot.com/2009/04/baton-rouge-ferry.html

The ferry photo is from the above link…

Ferry -City of Baton Rouge 1965 Copyright David Meare Oldham England All Rights Reserved

Here are some photos of that area today…

Looking across the river at Baton Rouge…

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Looking south along the levee and the Interstate Highway 10 Bridge…

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A 180 degree panorama taken at the river’s edge. The tall building by itself on the left is the state capital building. At 450 feet and 34 stories, it’s the tallest capital building in the United States…

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Looking down Main Street Port Allen…

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At point #3 about two-mile south of the ferry landing is the Port Allen Lock which you can read about by clicking this Wikimedia link…
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Port_Allen_Lock_Louisiana_aerial_view.jpg

The lock provides a 160 mile shortcut to Morgan City along the Intracoastal Waterway rather than following the Mississippi River. Employees Kirby and Nat did not want to be photographed. I wonder if they are hiding from the law? 🙂 Anyways, they gave me a great guided tour and here are some of the photos…

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It’s all controlled at this command console…

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Enjoying interesting local sites 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 Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1BR

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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