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High Winds And Dust Storm In Arizona… (GA124)

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 in La Connor, Washington. I’ll depart here July 24th.

 

 

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!

 

 

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 May 27, 2012…

 

 

Our motorhome is parked in the Cottonwood Campground at Canyon de Chelly (d’SHAY) at Chinle in northeast Arizona. We thought the day before yesterday was pretty bad with wind and dust…but yesterday was something else!

 

 

Yesterday morning Mary and I took our towed Ford Bronco II for a day trip along the south rim of Canyon de Chelly. After about 30 minutes, the wind and dust were so bad we decided to abort our trip and return to the motorhome. At this time winds were estimated to be a constant 60+ miles per hour…and it got worse during the mid-afternoon when I guess-timated at 70 to 80 miles an hour. Mary guess-timated one gust at 100 miles per hour!

 

 

In my 17 years as a full-time RVer, I’ve been in my share of high wind and dust storms…but this one ranks as the worst.

 

 

The below photos were taken around 10:00 AM and the video at noon. By around 2:00 PM it was really howling! Our motorhome was struck by a couple of smaller tree branches…apparently no damage resulted.

 

 

 

 

 

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 next photo was taken on the way back to the motorhome. Note the black on the lower left and upper right…because of the dust my protective lens shutter did not fully open. I had to give my camera a good cleaning once we got back to the motorhome…

 

 

 

 

 

A 180 degree panorama of the campground taken at the front of our motorhome…

 

 

 

 

 

This group of trees are about 250 feet from our motorhome…

 

 

Here’s the link to my 40 second video…
http://youtu.be/IAy07sFeqPM

 

 

Like I said earlier…by mid-afternoon it got worse…it was really howling.

 

 

Fortunately…this is a rare happening. 99% of the time I’m in delightful weather! Today is supposed to be 69 degrees, sunny with a gentle breeze.

 

 

In other news…

In my last two Blog entries I mentioned having problems uploading photos to my Picasa Web Albums. We’ll I’m finally caught up.

 

 

Just in case you care and desire to see the photos that you missed because of my Internet signal problems for the last two days…

 

 

This link will bring you to my 126 photos taken at the Hubbell Trading Post…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/HubbellTradingPostNationalHistoricSiteGanadoArizona

 

 

and this link will bring you to my 64 photos taken on the north rim of Canyon de Chelly…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/NorthRimOfCanyonDeChellyNationalMonumentChinleArizona

 

 

 

 

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 65 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

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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 -2017

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A Desert Dust Storm…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here December 23rd.

I’m currently located in the Coachella Valley in California. Palm Springs, 20 miles to the west receives an average rainfall of a mere four inches per year. It’s a desert environment.

Occasionally, high winds create quite a dust storm…it happened yesterday with gusts in excess of 50 miles per hour…remnants of a powerful storm coming out of the Pacific Northwest. I’m glad I was not out driving the motorhome yesterday…

 

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 day began ordinarily enough…

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By noon the wind was a huffing and a puffing. The view is through my driver’s windshield. I’m parked on the furthest-most-west street in Thousand Trails, kinda-sorta protected by a high berm and trees…

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A view through the passenger’s windshield…

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Then through the kitchen window…

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A closer view…the building in the background barely visible…

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After about four hours of gusting winds..it finally ended and the building in the background clearly visible once again…

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After a few scattered raindrops…it settled down into a peaceful evening…

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I’ve been in several sand/dust storms here in the southwest over the years. They are very similar to a snow blizzard…with the snow replaced by sand. The blowing sand can cause road closures until road crews can get to clear them.

Mary and I were involved in a very dangerous dust/wind storm on March 8, 2011 in the Mojave Desert. You can read about that storm by clicking this link…http://wp.me/pDCku-1hV

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was cloudy/windy/rainy and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 66 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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 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 -2015

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