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State Capitol Building – Olympia, Washington

The motorhome is parked at Millersylvania State Park about 10 miles south of Olympia, Washington. I lived in Olympia from 1980 to 1995 and will visit with old friends while in the area. My scheduled departure date is June 24th.

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.

Yesterday I took a walking self-guided tour of the State Capitol Building at Olympia, Washington. To read about the State Capitol Building…click this Wikipedia link…

The two below Google Earth images show the general area. Olympia is located at the most southerly point of Puget Sound on Budd Bay…

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 are some of the photos that I took…

The dome as seen from the visitors parking lot. The dome  is 287 feet (87 m) high, making it the tallest self-supporting masonry dome in the United States, and fourth tallest in the world…


Approaching the right side of the State Capitol building…


The rear of the building…


Stop here before you get to meet with the Governor at his mansion…


The front of the State Capitol Building…


Some of the decor on the front metal doors…


Some ornate concrete work…


Entering the lobby…


Looking up inside the dome…


A closer look at the chandelier…


The state seal…


As closer look at George…


Look how shiny his nose is. It’s apparently shiny because folks rub it as they go by. I did also…


Looking down at the seal directly below the dome…


A side corridor…


The view from the front steps of the State Capitol Building looks across the street to the Insurance Building…



State Capitol Building – Olympia, Washington


Yesterday was a sunny day at 73 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 79 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 Was. 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.

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link…

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

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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RV Trip Favorite Photo #3

Jim says:

While Mary and I are taking care of business here at her home…there is little “new stuff” to Blog about daily. So I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite photos from our recent 298 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip around the United States.

Since scenery and people snapshot-type photos require little special photography skills…and being limited by the abilities of my digital camera…I none the less took some photos that I really liked. They are presented in no special order of favoritism.

Today’s photo was taken at the Chiricahua National Monument in the wilderness of southeastern Arizona, January 14, 2010.

Here’s today’s photo…


In other news…
99 degrees yesterday, fortunately there was only 12% humidity. Nonetheless after an early morning walk and a trip to the dump, by 10:00 AM we stayed inside the house, which meant more reading. I began reading the largest physical-sized book of my life. I bought it at the Submarine Museum in Groton, Connecticut in August. It’s about the first 100 years (1900-2000) of the United States Submarine Service. It’s 352, 11×14 pages and weighs 6.5 pounds. It’s so large I couldn’t comfortably read it in the motorhome, so I saved it to read now.


It’s so heavy I have to set it on a pillow in my lap to read. Because of the large pages with large type and many photographs it’s an easy read and I read 105 pages yesterday. In the 1960’s I worked at General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division at Groton, Connecticut and worked on several of the submarines mentioned in this book including the USS Nautilus, SSN 541 the world’s first nuclear powered submarine and the USS George Washington, SSBM 588, the world’s first nuclear ballistic missile submarine.

The forecast is for 101 degrees, so I’ll do lots more reading today!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michugan

Jim says:

I’ve been in a lot of museums in my many years on the road, but nothing quite like the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.

Yesterday Art and Sue and Mary and I walked, walked and walked some more in this 12 acre museum…all under one roof. We didn’t come close to seeing everything, among which includes such things as:

# A model of the nuclear-powered Ford Nucleon automobile.
# An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
# The 1961 Lincoln Continental, SS-100-X, that President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated.
# The rocking chair from Ford’s Theatre in which President Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
# George Washington’s camp bed.
# A ten-person safety bicycle made in 1896
# A collection[5] of several fine 17th and 18th century violins including a Stradivarius.
# Thomas Edison’s alleged last breath in a sealed tube.
# Buckminster Fuller’s prototype Dymaxion house.
# The bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.[6]
# Igor Sikorsky’s prototype helicopter.
# Fokker Trimotor airplane that flew the first flight over the North Pole.
# Bill Elliott’s record-breaking race car clocking in at over 212 MPH at Talledega in 1987.
# The Newcomen type engine from Cobb’s Engine House in England[7].

We also did not go into the adjacent 240 acre Greenfield Village portion of the museum. To read about this unique place…see the two links provided below. In the meantime here are some photos that I took…

An old 18 foot Airstream Travel Trailer…


The last of the three RV’s used by Charles Kuralt during his 25+ year On The Road TV Show…


A 1950’s trailer similar to one my family lived in back then…


An early RV…


Road were pretty rough back then…


Not many stopping places…


Here Mary takes for a spin in a 1917 Ford Touring Car that still runs!…


Some of the exhibits are huge. Can you see Mary on the upper level of this power plant?


If one were to see and fully appreciate everything every. they would need many visits. All in all another most enjoyable day!

Here’s the official Henry Ford Museum website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…

To see the other 90 photos I took, click this link…

Today we do the Ford Rouge Factory Tour where Ford has been building cars since the Model A.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
My three books may be purchased at
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Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum, Groton, Connecticut

Jim says:

Yesterday, on a delightful sunny day of 79 degrees, moderate humidity and a wonderful breeze, Mary and I visited the Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and the Submarine Force Museum located on the Thames River at Groton, Connecticut.

A bit of my history. I spent my first year in the U.S. Navy stationed at the Submarine Base… 51 years ago! From about 1963-1966, I worked at General Dynamics – Electric Boat Division in Groton as a Radiographer…x-raying a number of submarines and their parts during their construction. I also worked on the Millstone #1 & #2 Nuclear Power Stations in nearby Waterford, Connecticut. I accumulated about 10 years of living in the New London-Groton area.

I took this photo off of the Nautilus Website.

Here are a number of photos I took yesterday…

The Nautilus at its permanent location as seen from the parking lot.
Diameters of submarines. The small one represents the USS Holland from 1900 and the large one an Ohio Class submarine of today.
The retired sail from the first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Submarine George Washington. I worked on this boat in the mid-1960’s.
Mary drives the boat in a simulated control room.
Mary looks through a periscope.
I took this photo through the periscope. I’m ready to fire a torpedo into the rear of my Bronco!
A model of the first submarine…David Bushnell’s Turtle.
A painting of the Nautilus departing the from Groton-New London into the Atlantic Ocean.
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover is known as the Father of the Nuclear Navy.
Mary on the deck of the Nautilus. The submarines depart under the bridge into the Atlantic Ocean.
Mary steps through a water-tight compartment hatchway.
The Groton Submarine Base as seen from the Nautilus.

Here’s the official Nautilus website link…

Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover…

Here’s a Wikipedia Informational link about Groton and General Dynamics Electric Boat…,_Connecticut

To see the other 49 photos I took, click this link…

Finally here’s a photo of a coffee-table book about the first 100 years of the United States Naval Submarine Service. The lady behind the counter told me it’s now out of print and knows of no more plans for further publication. I got it for only $25!

This book is 352 11×14 pages and weighs 6.5 pounds!

You can buy this book for only $61 on Amazon…

It was a most enjoyable day for me reliving my past of 40+ years ago with Mary.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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