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Where The Winter Is Not By Bowser And Blue…

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

This is an exciting time of the year for snowbirds…folks who head for the sunny and warm southlands to avoid the Winter chills…like me! Visit to see how you can Winter differently with Thousand Trails and Encore RV Resorts…of which Mary and I are members.

Here Bowser and Blue show how they do their snowbirding…

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Here’s the link to their website…


The cataract surgery of my right eye was conducted on October 9th and my left eye on November 6th. Both eyes are now at 20/20. The only remaining item left (other than eye drops until early December) is a visit to the optometrist to be fitted for reading glasses at the VA Hospital in Livermore, California was yesterday. I made a last-minute phone call and changed my appointment to December 2nd.

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 69 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…


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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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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We left yesterday morning moving west, headed for Pennsylvania. As we passed through Ivoryton and then Essex, we were stopped by their steam train which runs everyday, rain or shine. A fun excursion one can plan just for the ride or for weddings, dinner parties, wine tasting or an exclusive destination on their 17 mile route.

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We also went to the Essex Laundromat, pretty unexciting except I’ve never seen such a friendly mat. The owners don’t toss lost clothing. A visitor has plenty of time to return and find a missing sock or shirt. And, you are welcome to take those that have not been claimed. DSC08219 (Copy)

Furthermore, they recycle, have a comfortable couch, tables and chairs for playing cards or games to while away your time, and scads of free books and magazines in a very clean atmosphere. Commendable.

On the road again, we traveled two stretches on the interstate, which is unusual for us. We crossed the Hudson River with a glimpse of the beautiful old mansions on the banks.

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A patch of blooming purple lupine decorates the Highway in New York out of Albany. It surprises me how much rural green area we see in New York State. (We moved to an old highway and off the busy interstate.)

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We passed through neat small towns in the Delaware Valley and I snapped a picture of a nicely decorated house. I admire the “gingerbread” on other people’s houses, but wouldn’t want to have to paint it.

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This town was reinventing itself. While big industrial businesses were closed, we saw a tourist revival with sidewalk cafes and small cottage industries in the valley. Several painted critters I took to be beaver stood by the main street store fronts, but I’ve already forgotten the name of the town.

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We stopped for gas at Turkey Bay where the price was $3.40 cents. In Connecticut we were paying $4.09. This sign is at $3.59 in Pennsylvania. Cigarettes advertised at state price minimums, which was listed at $5.18 a pack. Remember  Massachusetts with nearly $9.00 a pack?

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We pulled in at our destination of Scottrun, Pennsylvania in an Outdoor World Campground  on a small lake.

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We stopped by 3:00 p.m. knowing this will be the pattern as we have people to meet in Michigan, and then we push West for Washington, State, then South to California. I’m having difficulty walking and doing stairs again, moving very slowly. I’ll be locating a masseuse hopefully by Friday where we’ll have a two-day stop. We sat through the evening reading outside, enjoying the cooler weather.

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Golden Sun RV Resort, Apache Junction, Arizona

We arrived here yesterday for a ten-day stay, during which time we’ll visit friends in the area.

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 Google Earth image of the resort…

This is not a real-time image. If you look closely on the lower left you can see the image was made June 24, 1992, The units on the left and center are permanent mobile homes. Streets H, I and J are vacant because it’s June. Right now they are mostly full of RV’s like ours. We’re in site I-23 as indicated by the red “X”.

Here’s a photo of our site…

Looking north on I street you can see us as the fourth unit on the left…

After we got settled in, we took a walk around the park to acquaint ourselves with the place. They have a nice book-exchange library so we spent some time finding new books to read. Which then led us to inventorying our current book stash. Mary and I are both avid readers so we have a lot of books ready for exchanging as well as waiting to be read. Mary out-stashes me by a factor of 2 to 1.

Later in the afternoon we went to the post office to pick up the tabs for the motorhome which had been forwarded to us. Then a visit to my home VFW Post #7968 for a cool beer. In the evening we went to my home Moose Lodge #2039 for a meal.

The park is nice and clean with lots of amenities and activities. It’s also very conveniently located only about one mile from downtown Apache Junction. There are many parks like this one in the Apache Junction area. Many folks spend their entire winter in one warm and sunny location.

To read all about this resort, you can click this link…

To see their photos of the place, click this link…!i=256801088&k=UEFLT

The normal daily rate here is $34 a day. Because it is owned by Encore which also owns Thousand Trails RV Resorts of which we are members…we get to stay here for only $3.00 a day. Such a deal!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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