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Problems Resolved…

The motorhome is parked at Moose Club #1808 in Hesperia, California. I expect to depart the area later this morning.

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 morning at 7:00 AM, I looked out the dinette window ans saw several coyotes looking for some breakfast. One was chasing a big jackrabbit…the coyote never had a chance. When someone wants your butt for breakfast…you really move on out!

One wandered to only about two hundred feet from the motorhome and I got these three shots…

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 was surprised to see so many this close into civilization…


I was also surprised how big and healthy they appeared. Must be good hunting grounds…


In the last couple of blog entries I’ve discussed the stalling/hesitation problem I’ve been having with the Bronco. Two days ago I took it to a NAPA Car Care Center. After performing a fuel pressure systems check, they replaced the fuel pressure regulator…nope…problem still there. The next step was to remove the gas tank from the vehicle…


The real culprit was hiding inside…the low pressure fuel pump was not pumping at all…


Here the gas tank protective skid-plate is being put back into place…


I took it on a 25 mile test run and it ran just fine…no more stalling or hesitation. It appears my problem has been resolved!

As I travel all over these United States…it’s another problem I’ve had to deal with…how to find an honest mechanic who won’t try to take advantage of an out-of-towner. The first thing I do is to study my Bronco repair manual to try to understand the problem at hand. Then do as much research online as possible to further expand that knowledge.

Then if possible I try to find a NAPA Car Care Center. Over time I’ve found them to be proficient at their trade and honest. In addition they provide a two-year parts and labor guarantee on their work.

In my most recent situation I went to the High Desert Auto & RV Repair Center at 11420 “I” Avenue in Hesperia, California. The owner is Brett James…


He personally did the work on my Bronco along with his assistant, Chuck. Despite a bunch of other vehicles awaiting his attention…he had my problems resolved in a 24-hour period. Great service at a fair price. I highly recommend him to you if you find yourself in the Victorville, California area and in need of a good mechanic!

Here are photos from his facility…





While the repairs were being accomplished I spent an enjoyable two nights at the nearby Moose Club #1808…


Many thanks for your friendly companionship during my stay!


Yesterday was a sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 75 degrees.

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…


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


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.

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There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

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Neighbor and friend, Jan Stewart is the hostess with the mostess. If anything is going on, it is always at her house. I don’t know how she does it. Always throwing a bit of a party together at the last minute, with just the neighborhood “gang” as she refers to us. Never thought I’d be a gang member at this age.

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This is the other Jan. A positive thinker and healer, petting Mikey. And I don’t think there is a tattoo among us, unless Mikey has one.

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Brian, and Becky listening to Jim expound on something. We all live close to each other.

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Karen doesn’t like her picture taken and kind of hid. But, I got her anyway.

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We ate outside because the weather was so beautiful.  I just got a new haircut and got skinned, but the gang saluted my birthday.

Jan has a pond where a mountain lion, the coyotes, raccoons, and foxes come to drink. I’m so grateful to her for supplying water to the wild animals that frequent our neighborhood because the creek isn’t flowing.  the power authority has cut off the water that used to flow behind her house. I remember when Big Dick Hogan lived across the street, he used to go up to the flume and kick out a board to keep a small trickle of  water coming down Peppermint Creek. He moved away twenty years ago. So Jan’s pond is essential. I heard the lion squawling as we sat. Jan claims it will come and drink with her quietly sitting on the deck, but not when she has a group of noisy people talking. I think the lion wanted us to leave, so we did. It was a beautiful moon and starlit night. Perfect.Thank you Jan.



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Wax museums and stuffed animal museums are something I dislike, but Jude Shepherd from the Blaine County Museum said, “What about three buffalo tumbling over a cliff, stampeded by Indians?” She had me hooked.  Look at these little birds above. Could you tell they are stuffed?

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I was stunned at the realism of this diorama. The camera doesn’t do it justice.

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The  Wild Life Museum is nothing short of amazing for its collection of large animals, the life-like poses, realistic artwork backgrounds and sheer numbers of beautiful, large animals.

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A hunting cougar.

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One giant diorama holds a pond with a beaver dam. Ducks swim on the surface and fish swim below the water line. Inside of the dam, you mama beaver with her kits.

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Dahl and big horned sheep.

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A coyote.

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Bears in and out of their den.

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Arctic foxes. (You’ll notice a spot of glare from the lights on this photo and the two that follow are really bad).

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Baby coyotes playing and nipping each other in such a natural manner, I couldn’t resist posting them in spite of the glare.

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You feel as though you’ve just come upon this little fawn as you walk in the woods. The trees,by the way, real. The talented setting worker chooses trees and bushes in the wild.  She removes the branches and copies them with foliage and replaces them to look exactly like the original. Another talented artist paints and blends in the back ground.

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Some trees need artificial bark. Jude showed me a piece.  Its made of rubber.

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A little elk calf.

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And this endearing little calf scratching his ear.

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And the birds, too, are plentiful and are naturally mixed with the large animal scenes.

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A night scene of a porcupine in the moonlight.

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I didn’t count nor ask how many, but there is easily over 100 animals in this exhibit. Just a few doors down from the Blaine County Museum. Make it a point to find this marvelous jewel. Pictures only tell half the tale.

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If you need another reason to stop off in Chinook, here is Kim, from the Eagles, handing me my first decent beer since I got on the road this trip, Pig Ass Porter. Yum. Jim always orders my beer by asking first for the darkest beer ya got,  like 30 weight motor oil. Now that is worth swirling your tongue around.

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