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Clarksville, Tennessee

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

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

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

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a partly sunny day and 69 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 75 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…

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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/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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Shiloh National Military Park – Tennessee

The motorhome is currently parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. My current departure date is scheduled for December 1st.

During this time I’ll be attending to my cataract surgery, cleaning, routine maintenance and minor repairs to the motorhome and Bronco in addition to assisting Mary with her activities. None of these items are particularly exciting to write about…so…instead I’ll be showing Picasa Web Albums from our 682 day, 2011-2013 circumnavigation of the United States. It was Mary’s second circumnavigation and the sixth for myself.

Unless we do something unusual, this Blog will feature a photo album from the circumnavigation and will change daily. So come back tomorrow.

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

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

Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

The cataract surgery on my right eye was successfully accomplished at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California on October 9th and I’m in my recovery mode. I have a post-op exam scheduled for October 24th. Also at that time I’ll have a pre-op exam for my left eye. That surgery is scheduled for November 6th.

Yesterday was a sunny day and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 74 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…

MU

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/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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Grand Gulf Military State Park – Mississippi

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort along the bank of the Skykomish River in Monroe, Washington. I’ve been here a number of times over the past years and always enjoy it here. My scheduled departure date is July 8th.

Mary is at home tending to personal matters…home maintenance, family, friends, rentals, etc..  She has made her flight reservations to meet me July 29th in Bellingham, Washington.

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/Grand_Gulf_Military_State_Park_%28Mississippi%29

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

Grand Gulf Military State Park, Mississippi

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 77 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 88 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 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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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

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SHENDOAH VALLEY MUSEUM OF WINCHESTER,VA.

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The day before my family reunion, we visited the Shenendoah Valley Museum of Winchester, a complex with a Civil War Site, a full floor of exhibits, and the Glen Burnie House and Gardens, all for a single ticket price of $10. The day was beastly hot, so we stayed inside the entire time.

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The museum is very well laid out,  and had many videos. If you can read along the bottom of this screen, they covered how the war came to the valley, about the divided loyalties, the movement of troops and taking of homes;  and the fiery end. (Not all the videos were about the war.)  The battle changed position- Confederates are winning- Union is winning, 72 times, a terrible, fractious period. As we close in on Memorial Day weekend, it kind of makes you give pause about how much life was lost to mature this country into the United States of America, the beacon of the free world. More people died in the Civil War than all of the subsequent wars combined.

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And, as we think about the free world, just how free are we? Blacks had to carry documents from state to state describing themselves (no pictures), and carry the signature of those who freed them, to become citizens. And, we think our forefathers had religious freedom as well?  Think again. The colonies were governed by their strong affiliation to the Church of England and its rules. In Winchester, the powers that be decided to permit other religions to build churches,  hoping it would encourage settlers. And it did. Eventually, the “undesirable” people of different faiths turned into stalwart, good citizens, successful farmers and business people with good values, so they allowed them to flourish.  That idea spread as well as people moved west.

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The fertile valley is vast and follows the Shenandoah River, community upon community. Corn, wheat and rye were the major crops at one time. Winchester holds the honor of having the first rye harvesting machine,  shown with great fanfare to all who gathered above.

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An interesting poster from World War II.

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The museum has two major collections;  one is a group of miniatures built over a period of 20 years by one man. They are exquisite representations of grand mansions with each room authentically rendered.  The picture above gives you an idea. A strong resemblance to giant dollhouses. One was about four feet tall with 25 rooms.

Their painting collection changes, but is a permanent gallery in the museum.  The exhibit of French Impressionists was being removed and a new exhibit was just being loaded in,  so the gallery was closed to us.

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A temporary display called Moveable Feasts was stuff brought from the Glen Burnie House which is also closed for renovation. Burnie was wildly rich and loved to entertain. People said he invented brunch, but brunch was first mentioned in writing in 1895. Burnie’s picture is in the background.

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A glimpse into the frivolous lives of the ostentatious rich.

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They used 11 different sets of China.

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We can be grateful for the rich because we can appreciate their wonderful material goods, but I wouldn’t trade lifestyles with the Queen of England.

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Beautiful wood in this highly polished sideboard.

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Poor tinkers left their mark.  I like museums and always look for things I’ve never seen before. A Tramp Art bottle for holding poison qualifies.

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As does a steel plate from Victorian times, with the family coat of arms  built into the back of a fireplace.

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Cookie cutters made to last.

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I loved this pitcher.

There was much more of high quality exhibits. Passing through Winchester?  Be sure and stop by.

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Ashland, Kentucky – Day 2

The motorhome is still parked at Eagles Club #2329 in Ashland, Kentucky. We will depart later this morning.

Yesterday I drove the Bronco the about one mile downtown to the Highland Museum, Here’s their official website link…
http://highlandsmuseum.com/

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…

Since Mary is still having problems regarding stairs, we rode the only manually operated elevator remaining in Kentucky to the second floor…

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Some thoughts from Daniel Boone…

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Kentucky long rifles…

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A replica of a one room schoolhouse…

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There was quite a display about the women’s suffragette movement…

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And displays about the Civil War…

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The biggest display was about the history of Country Music from Kentucky…

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Their biggest claim-to-fame is that Ashland is the birthplace and home of The Judds…

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Other famous Kentuckian’s include Loretta Lynn born in Butcher Holler near Van Lear, Kentucky. Here’s a photo of the cabin Loretta was born in that I took when I visited Butcher Holler in 2000…

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Patty Loveless is also from Kentucky…

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And finally a painting of the City of Ashland on the bank of the Ohio River…

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You can read all about Ashland by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashland,_Kentucky

Enjoying interesting museums is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

In the afternoon Mary had a one hour massage and then a visit to a Chiropractor trying to relieve her pains. This morning she reports feeling a little wobbly and sore. He’s hoping she will feel better as the day progresses.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Kentucky. 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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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 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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Clarksville, Tennessee – Day 3

The motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #4895. We are planning to depart later this morning and will be crossing into Kentucky.

Yesterday was a leisurely day. It was supposed to rain hard…but never did. We decided to visit the Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center. There once was a fort there…but no battle was fought there. The Confederates were thinly staffed and poorly trained. Believing they had not a chance against the expected superior Union forces…they walked away from the fort. When the Yankees arrived…they found white flags flying from the fort and the city surrendered without a shot being fired.

The Interpretive Center tells the story of what life was like in Clarksville, population 5,000, during the Civil War. A 15 minute film presents it from a woman’s point of view. You can read about the Interpretive Center by clicking their official website link…
http://www.cityofclarksville.com/index.aspx?page=161

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…

The fort is gone…a pedestrian trail lines the area…

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This is where the fort was…

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Some signs in the area…

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Clarksville…

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Scenes from the film…

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The fort(s) were like magnets for black slaves wanting to join the Union Army…

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Under occupation whites needed passes to go places and had to present these passes to the black Union Soldiers…

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General Grant…

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Under occupation business resumed…

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Confederate dead…

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Regular life returned for the Southerners…

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Exhibits inside the Interpretive Center. Photography was difficult due to dim lighting and mini-spotlights…

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The red line shows the railroad passing through Clarksville…

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Crossing the hidden fingers meant the loyalty oath didn’t count to some. See below…

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The Interpretive Center was a very pleasant different presentation about the times during the Civil War.

After our visit we headed down to the riverfront…

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Where we saw some of the remnants of the recent flooding of the river…

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The rail fence in the river is where people would normally walk…

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On the left in the below photo you can see the river had been into the parking lots by the mud and snags stacked in a pile on the left just beyond the truck…

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Two prized possessions during the Civil War were the rivers and railroads…both means of moving supplies…

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The control house for the swinging bridge…

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Enjoying interesting places and museums 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 Tennessee. 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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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 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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