Posts Tagged With: Grosse Ile

Flint, Michigan

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 132 miles from Grosse Ile to Flint, Michigan.

In yesterday’s Blog entry I discussed an electrical problem I was having keeping the Bronco battery charged while driving down the highway. After further consideration I decided not to take it to an electrical shop because I’ve experienced occasional problems with a connector in the past…usually rectified by jiggling it. So, first stop yesterday was at an auto parts store where I bought a new connector. It’s kind of pain in the butt type of job, so I’ll replace it when the moment is right.

Second stop of the day was at America’s Discount Tires where I had the tires rotated and balanced on the Bronco. They accommodated me by doing the job without my having to unhook the Bronco from the motorhome…

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…

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Third stop of the day was to have an oil change done on the motorhome.

Fourth stop of the day was in Fraser to meet with an old friend Ray Ferullo whom I had not seen since I was 17 years old. We enjoyed a nice reunion at an Outback Steakhouse…

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Continuing down the road we finally ended up at VFW Post #3027 in Flint, Michigan. We parked in the back of this friendly post where they even provided a 30 amp service electrical hookup…

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Since it was away from the road we enjoyed a restful night’s sleep. We’ll continue our northward journey later this morning.

Enjoying visiting with old friends 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 Pennsylvania. 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 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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Grosse Ile, Michigan

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 105 miles from Norwalk, Ohio to Grosse Ile, Michigan. Grosse Ile is an island located in the Detroit River about 20 miles south of Detroit. We are here to visit with my long-time friends Art & Sue Lambart. It was Art who got me started in photography back in 1974. Here are some 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…

Crossing on to the island…

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We parked in my friend’s driveway…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday morning I discovered the battery in the Bronco had gone dead. A cable between the motorhome does a number of jobs including keeping the Bronco battery charged…

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I spent about three hours trying to resolve the problem to no avail. I have had no training for automotive electrics, so this morning I’ll take it to a shop recommended by my friend Art. Once the problem is resolved we’ll continue our journey, now heading north towards the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where Mary lived for the first 14 years of her life. We’ll visit some of her relatives and friends while there.

Here we are reliving the old days. Mary is enjoying a sip of Art’s 40-year-old Pinch Scotch…

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Art has been a competition shooter for most of his life and once was the Michigan State Champion for hand guns. He showed us a recent target shot with one hand at 50 yards with a 45 caliber hand gun. Remarkable shooting for a 70-year-old man…

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While heading out for an evening meal I shot this photo of their tall oak trees…

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Here’s the restaurant we went to…

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Where we enjoyed a delicious meal…

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Enjoying visiting with long-time friends 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 Pennsylvania. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

USA1GI

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

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

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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GROSSE ILE, MICHIGAN TO ELKHART, INDIANA

Moving west and a bit south, we struck out for Elkhart, Indiana, home of the RV Museum/Hall of Fame and a meeting with my Yooper friends, Pat and Richard Whitfield. They will tour the museum and explore a bit of the local area with us in their recreation vehicle.
If you are familiar with my blog, you may remember the Whitfields from Sept. 2009 blogs, when long lost friends came to visit in Murphys and went home with gold from gold country.

Looking back at our recent visit to the Ford Museum, they had a section on home furnishings and I collected several pictures of interesting chairs from long ago, like the  molded chair above. It  became popular in the early 1960’s and was nearly indestructible. Called a modular chair, it was molded of fiberglass. We used them in the kitchen and patio and they were reasonably comfortable. In the museum, this chair was displayed  along with its huge mold.

Soft and prettier than the molded chair, I always dreamed of having something this modern and sleek in my future house. I’ve seen several variations on this chair over the years and it no longer holds any appeal for me. Now, I’m only interested in pictures of them. The pictures are more fun, affordable and don’t take up much room.

This molded chair was actually flexible. You could lean back in it and the back support would move slightly. Again, it was used in the kitchen. They were convenient, lightweight and sturdy like those cookie cutter plastic lawn chairs we see everywhere today.

This little beauty, I’d like to own. Its sleek,strong;  its a work of art, and small enough to put in a corner somewhere.

Or, how about a corner chair like this one? Its an oldie and friends of my parents owned one of these. I found it uncomfortable.

In fact, most old time chairs were uncomfortable to sit in, including the fancy sofas and lounge chairs of the rich. Nothing matches the comfort of today’s furnishings with its foam cushioning, in my opinion.

This one doesn’t look comfortable and was probably meant to impress other hunters with its design.
I have an endless fascination with chairs so, needless to say, I enjoyed the chair collection at Henry Ford’s Museum. While I enjoyed the chairs, a fellow viewing the old farm equipment was nostalgically reminiscing over various hard working farm machines.  I can only shake my head. To each his own.
On our way to Elkhart, we stopped, did some shopping, and rested at this lovely little roadside park.

Looking forward to the RV Museum and Hall of Fame.

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