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

More good news regarding my recovery. The accident happened nine weeks ago yesterday. As with everything I’ve done since the accident, I do slowly. Normally I remove my elastic bandage about 9:00 PM as I get ready to sleep. Yesterday, at 3:00 PM as I was readying to read for the afternoon, I decided to remove the elastic bandage, I tried this about two weeks ago and after five minutes, had to put the bandage back on. Anyways, I made it to bedtime with no elastic bandage with no apparent problems. Awakening this morning, I once again put the elastic chest bandage back on. I don’t want to push my luck. Perhaps at 3:00 PM today I’ll remove the bandage again.

I continue taking Ibuprofen, icing my ribcage area 2-3 times a day. The doctors told me to expect 6-12 weeks for recovery. The accident occurred nine weeks and one day ago today. Can you tell I’m ready for the recovery to be finished and be back on the road again?

Today I’m going to divert from showing photos of the area for two reasons…

First: I had totally forgotten about this until I accidentally stumbled across it yesterday. Some time last year I got an Email requesting permission to use one of my photographs in the 2012 Washington State Visitors Guide. The photo is of an old motorcycle at the Vintage Motorcycle Museum in Chehalis, Washington and appears on page 78 of the guide…

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…

Here’s a close-up of the photo with my credit shown vertically on the right…

Pretty neat to have a photo in the Washington State Visitors Guide as I lived there for 16 years and just love that state!

Second: I’m pleased to announce the publishing of my new Ramblin’ Man’ Photo Blog where every day I will publish one of my favorite photos. What’s the sense of having lots of photos if no one gets to see them???

To get to my new Blog, simply click this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

If you like my new Blog, simple scroll down and click the Follow Button.

Okay, I’ll show you two photos taken about 45 minutes before sunrise yesterday morning…

And in the watercolor mode…

Enjoying the beauty and serenity of early morning is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Wilsonville, Oregon

September 28, 2011

Yesterday Mary and I bid farewell to the State of Washington for this year. We drove the motorhome the about 100 miles from Chehalis, Washington to Wilsonville, Oregon where we are now parked at Moose Lodge #1598. Mary will be looking at potential real estate investment properties today while I kick back and relax.

We may be here another day or two.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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Mary and I have spent the last four days here and now it’s time to move on in a southerly direction. I thought I’d share a few of the photos that I took while we were here. You may click on them to see them in an enlarged view…

Our parking spot. We were the only RV on this 12 site loop which made for a very quiet and peaceful stay. Mary and I both agree this is the quietest camping spot we’ve shared together…

This is the adult pool where Mary swam every day…

And some nature shots…

I’ll close with Mary enjoying her reading…something she does not get to do when she is home…

We’ve spent the entire summer in several Thousand Trails campgrounds…all of them have been very enjoyable stays. But now it’s time to continue our southerly migration…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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We’re still camped in Chehalis, Washington. While here we decided to visit the Vintage Motorcycle Museum. They’ve got a nice collection…however…the photography of them was difficult. First of all…with motorcyles lined up next to one another trying to take a photo without a cluttered background presented a problem. Secondly…the black and white checkered tile floor made for difficult a contrasting background.

With those factors in mind…here are four photos which you can click to see an enlarged view…

To see the remaining 40 photos I took…click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/VintageMotorcycleMuseumChehalisWashington

Another neat joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle is we get to visit a wide variety of museums.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

CHEHALIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM

September 24, 2011

Downtown Chehalis has an excellent motorcycle collection located in the Hotel Washington. You enter the museum on the second floor of the hotel which in itself is a sight to see. Visages of its swanky past, gorgeous windows,  hardwood floors, an old key keeper like those you see in old-time  romantic movies where the lover peeks to see what room key the girl is handed by the hotel clerk. In the public restroom, each visitor is provided a thick white hand towel instead of paper towels. Now that is class.

The collection contains brands and types of motorcycles most people have never heard of. We met an avid rider, biker, camper, rv-er with his wife.  Watching his joy and overhearing his reminiscences was part of the enjoyment. He once rode a Flying Merckel like this one, he told me.

The guy talked about what a scary ride this bike was if you were the front facing passenger with no control of the bike.

The first belt driven machine I ever saw,though I learned many early bikes were belt driven.

First American bike. Note the wooden wheels/tires.

From 1960, a space age molded fiberglass model by Bowdon, only 522 were  made. Clearly an oddity way before its time. Like cars, motorcycles went through myriad designs before the standard machines we see today.

And this oddity.

 

Motorcycles have gone mainstream, they are safer, but I still  think of motorcyclists as the wild, daring ones, snubbing their noses at convention, wearing outlandish leathers and tattoos. The outfits of yesteryear started with leather boots, goggles and soon all  leather for warmth and safety. They started the traditions we see today.

Movies capitalized on that sense of adventure and daring.  A Harley Indian used by James Garner, Steve Mc Queen and other stars was accompanied by this letter of authenticity from the owner.

The machines are jammed tightly together and picture taking is difficult. The Sheriff of Calaveras County during the 1970‘s, Claud Ballard, was a Cherokee Indian born in Oklahoma Territory before it was a state. He showed me his Harley Indian that he road all the way to California in the 1930’s  looking for better work. He patted his badge and said “Not bad for an ole’ boy off the reservation.”


Roy Burke , a prize winning racer,  beat the odds, doing what he loved.

This is his epitaph

Other related artifacts  make this a great visit.

Ads.

A truism, maybe.

The belt from a race car.

A soda fountain from the 1950’s brought back a few memories. The room holds a Wurlitzer juke box, a motorcycle repair garage set up, and a  Road Kill Cookbook just for fun.

Even if you don’t like motorcycles, you can’t help but enjoy this museum.

Since the early 1960′s there has been a very interesting Uncle Sam billboard sign alongside of Interstate Highway 5 in Chehalis, Washington. We are currently camped at a Thousand Trails RV Resort just a few miles away…so we decided to visit this famous roadside attraction. Chehalis sits about half-way between liberal-Democratic Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington and is heavy-duty conservative Republican country. You can click upon the images to make them larger…

Southbound view of sign…

Northbound view of sign…

The following two links will give you a lot of interesting background in formation about this sign…

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/6002

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D05E1D9133EF93BA15752C1A9629C8B63

Another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle is seeing the many unusual roadside attractions.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

TAKING NOTE OF FALL

September 23, 2011

Yesterday was moving day, South to Chehalis, back into a park.  Stocking up the larder, getting a  haircut, the usual mundane things we all must do, no matter where we live.

Chehalis Thousand Trails is another heavily wooded park with beautiful hiking trails, and a pool. It was warm enough to say, “summer at last” knowing that the first official day of fall had passed.  We took a short walk to the pool through the woods and then read until dinner.

Some days I feel I’ve earned a respite from blogging, (especially when the signal is slow and vexing), but like a moth to a flame, at 5:00 a.m, I sit before the computer, with brain numb,  a cup of tea, sifting through pictures and smile over many miles of grand and lesser experiences and am glad for the joy and yes, the work of  relentless travel; the opportunity to see in detail  this grand country of ours; and to mimic The Bard, to blog or not to blog, that is the question. 

Like a kid I’ve been going through the woods picking up fallen leaves and making bouquets. I placed them on a table in front of the motor home so everyone walking by could see them. They lasted a day before drying up and blowing away.

Where All The Fun Began…

September 23, 2011

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…
https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/washington/chehalis.asp

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
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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