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Heron Lake State Park – New Mexico Day 13 (GA161)

 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 Thunderbird RV Resort at Monroe, Washington. I’ll depart here September 6th.

 

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 2011-2013, 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!</div?

 

 

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 July 2, 2012…

As a holder of the New Mexico Annual Camping Permit (non-resident $225), I can stay up to three weeks in a park. If desired, electricity can be had for $4 a day. It’s a perfect place for me to be while I rest and recuperate from the May 27th accident. There are 38 parks in the system.

 

 

The locals tell me this is an unseasonably hot summer. So much so, if I have outside things to do I need to get them done by 10:00 AM, after which time I retreat to the comfort of the air conditioning of the motorhome.

 

 

Yesterday I needed a few grocery items, so that meant a one-way trip of 20 miles to Chama to the nearest store. While there, I decided to take a ride a few miles north of town to view the scenery. It was pretty, but on a major roadway with no pull-off areas. I did manage to find a small spot to pull-off and take some photos of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway heading out of town.

 

 

Here are some of the photos that I took…

 

 

 

 

 

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’ve been thinking about taking this train which goes to Antonio, Colorado…64 miles distant and return. Mary and I recently took the ride on The Durango & Silverton Scenic Railway. If you missed that Blog entry, you can view it by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4OW

 

 

At this point I’ve pretty much decided against taking this train ride. The reason is, riding in the regular cars is hot and stuffy, the windows only open half-way, you cannot (for the most part) see what is coming up ahead and taking photos is a very difficult and awkward process. To really enjoy the sights and to be able to take lots of good photos, you need to ride in the open gondola car like the one we rode in on the Durango & Silverton train. Here’s a photo of that car…

 

 

As you can see it has seats and a roof to provide shade.

 

 

On the Cumbres & Toltec train, the gondola car is nothing but an open box with sides about three feet high. No seats or shade covering…

 

 

With all the fees included, the ride in this train is $101 and change. If this train had a gondola car like the Durango & Silverton, I’d probably take this train ride. But for $101 and change, to have to stand up and bounce around for several hours just is not appealing to me that much…so mostly likely I will pass on riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway.

 

 

 

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Forecast for today is sunny and 90 degrees. Too danged hot!

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-mapMON

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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Heron Lake Sate Park – New Mexico Day 9 (GA157)

 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 RV Resort at La Connor, Washington. 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 2011-2013, 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!</div?

 

 

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 June 28, 2012…

Yesterday I took the Bronco and drove the about 20 miles to Chama…the largest community in northern central New Mexico. It’s at 7,850 feet of elevation and during the 2000 census had a population of 1,199 people.

 

 

You can read about it by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chama,_New_Mexico

 

 

It is also the home of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It is America’s highest and longest steam railroad and was built in 1880. Here’s the official website link…
http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/

 

 

I’ve not yet decided if I will take the ride on this train as Mary and I recently rode on the Durango & Silverton Scenic Railway. If you missed that Blog entry, you can see it by licking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4OW

 

 

Here are some of the photos that I took at Chama…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the other 48 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/ChamaNewMexico

 

 

Most of us never get to see a real-life steam train, except in the movies, You can see my short YouTube movie by clicking this link…
http://youtu.be/Oj4_SP2X33M

 

 

Photographing unusual places and things is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

 

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 80 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-mapLACO

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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Chama, New Mexico

We are parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort of which we are members. It’s about 20 miles east of Palm Springs, California. The resort is set on 25 acres and has 805 tall date palm trees. We will leave here later this morning.

Our destination today will be Fontana, California…an 85 mile drive. The reason we are going there is because Mary has flight reservations to fly home tomorrow from Ontario Airport. Although she has been with me only about three weeks this travel stretch, things continue to pile up at her home that need her personal attention. It was all part of our understanding when we met in 2008 and agreed to travel together. Such is life!

A more relaxed mode..

After our 682 day on-the-go 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States, we have decided to slip into a more relaxed mode. In the next few months we will be traveling through areas previously explored. Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily.

To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chama,_New_Mexico

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Chama, New Mexico

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 80 degrees. 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 our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

usa1pd

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 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 2014

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Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 25

The motorhome is still parked here at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident.

My right ribcage area remains slightly swollen and tender to the touch. I’m pleased to report some progress…with the exceptions of a cough or a sneeze, the poppings, with the associated pains, in my chest have finally stopped! I remain taking Ibuprofen, icing my ribcage area 2-3 times a day and wearing an elastic bandage abound my chest. The doctors told me to expect 6-12 weeks for recovery. The accident occurred six weeks and six days ago. Can you tell I’m ready for the recovery to be finished?

Because it has been so warm here, I’ve been sleeping with the windows wide open. It’s also so dark, no window coverings are needed. Last night however, at 2:35 AM, my sleep was disturbed by this light shining on my face. I awoke to find this waning quarter-moon rising slightly above the low nearby trees. I grabbed my camera and took a few photos by sliding back the screen and resting the camera on the window sill to help hold it steady since I was shooting at such a long focal length. Here are three of the photos that I took…

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 is the very first photo in a clear sky…

A few seconds later, the first hint of wispy clouds started to appear…

And just a few seconds later, the wispy clouds had thickened up…

Pretty neat, huh? Not bad photos from a hand-held point and shoot camera of a subject approximately 237,750 miles away!

Enjoying beautiful moons is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 13

As a holder of the New Mexico Annual Camping Permit (non-resident $225), I can stay up to three weeks in a park. If desired, electricity can be had for $4 a day. It’s a perfect place for me to be while I rest and recuperate from the May 27th accident. There are 38 parks in the system.

The locals tell me this is an unseasonably hot summer. So much so, if I have outside things to do I need to get them done by 10:00 AM, after which time I retreat to the comfort of the air conditioning of the motorhome.

Yesterday I needed a few grocery items, so that meant a one-way trip of 20 miles to Chama to the nearest store. While there, I decided to take a ride a few miles north of town to view the scenery. It was pretty, but on a major roadway with no pull-off areas. I did manage to find a small spot to pull-off and take some photos of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway heading out of town.

Here are some of the photos that I took…

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’ve been thinking about taking this train which goes to Antonio, Colorado…64 miles distant and return. Mary and I recently took the ride on The Durango & Silverton Scenic Railway. If you missed that Blog entry, you can view it by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4OW

At this point I’ve pretty much decided against taking this train ride. The reason is, riding in the regular cars is hot and stuffy, the windows only open half-way, you cannot (for the most part) see what is coming up ahead and taking photos is a very difficult and awkward process. To really enjoy the sights and to be able to take lots of good photos, you need to ride in the open gondola car like the one we rode in on the Durango & Silverton train. Here’s a photo of that car…

As you can see it has seats and a roof to provide shade.

On the Cumbres & Toltec train, the gondola car is nothing but an open box with sides about three feet high. No seats or shade covering…

With all the fees included, the ride in this train is $101 and change. If this train had a gondola car like the Durango & Silverton, I’d probably take this train ride. But for $101 and change, to have to stand up and bounce around for several hours just is not appealing to me that much…so mostly likely I will pass on riding the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railway.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 9

The motorhome is still at the state park while I rest and recuperate from the May 27th accident.

Yesterday I took the Bronco and drove the about 20 miles to Chama…the largest community in northern central New Mexico. It’s at 7,850 feet of elevation and during the 2000 census had a population of 1,199 people.

You can read about it by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chama,_New_Mexico

It is also the home of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. It is America’s highest and longest steam railroad and was built in 1880. Here’s the official website link…
http://www.cumbrestoltec.com/

I’ve not yet decided if I will take the ride on this train as Mary and I recently rode on the Durango & Silverton Scenic Railway. If you missed that Blog entry, you can see it by licking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4OW

Here are some of the photos that I took at Chama…

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…

To see the other 48 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/ChamaNewMexico

Most of us never get to see a real-life steam train, except in the movies, You can see my short YouTube movie by clicking this link…
http://youtu.be/Oj4_SP2X33M

Photographing unusual places and things is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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