Posts Tagged With: hay


DSC08004 (Copy)

During our travels, we stopped to shop and loaded up on veggies, only to discover there is a pick-it-yourself garden not far from Thousand Trails. Jim didn’t want to pick, he isn’t big on chard or kale. They had three different chards, and two types of kale.

DSC08006 (Copy)

Jim loves fresh snap peas, but they had sold out in the morning. In Murphys, you can’t grow peas after may because it gets too hot. Here, in August, these pea vines are taller than me. I found a couple strays on the plants.

DSC08007 (Copy)

Fresh zuchinni.DSC08008 (Copy)

Jim accused me of coming after him with the knife you can barely see.

DSC08010 (Copy)

The farmer, Merwyn Bay, suggested I pick cucumbers from the ladder. He says, the more you pick, the less I have to do. DSC08011 (Copy)

He and his wife are both 80 years old and not in great health. He once owned a 100 acre dairy farm on this property. He sold the land and now keeps just 3 acres that he gardens every year. He gets help from one son and his brother-in-law.

DSC08009 (Copy)

I did the best I could to help pick the unreachables. I’d never seen a Japanese cucumber before. They are long and twisty with heavy knobs on the skin.

I bought a small amount of small tomatoes, bigger than cherry tomatoes, but still small-sized. I had just purchased cherry tomatoes. Dang!.  We ate a cuke and tomatoes with a bit of cilantro rice and chicken for supper last night. I wish I’d thrown my tomatoes out and bought more. All so fresh and delicious. I wish we’d discovered them sooner.

DSC08012 (Copy)

From his signs, it looks like he stays busy all year.

DSC08013 (Copy)

And his prices. In Murphys, I would have to pay over $12 for a bale of hay. And we went home with a bag full of veggies for under $6. Such a deal. His signs are on Birch Bay Lyndon Road if you’re in the area.



Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bark River, Michigan – Day 3

The motorhome is parked in the yard of Mary’s old friend, Bernice, at Bark River, Michigan. We expect to depart here tomorrow.

In yesterday’s Blog entry I mentioned working on my umbilical cord electrical connection between the motorhome and Bronco.. Because of the confusion arising from mirror images in the wiring, I managed to blow three fuses on the motorhome and had to take it to Escanaba about 10 miles away to a shop to first find the fuses and then replace them. I think I’ve got it figured out and hope to complete the activity today so we can depart tomorrow as planned.

Also yesterday, Bernice’s son Mark took us to a friend of his who owns a dairy farm to see the morning milking activities. Having been born in a city and living most of my life that way, I know little about the dairy way of life and so, found it interesting. Here are some of the 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…


Casey Johnson was born here and continues to work the dairy previously owned by his father…


This little guy was bashful…


Casey milks 100 cows twice a day which results in about 400 of milk per day…


I don’t think this cow has ever seen a camera before…


The general holding area…


The barnyard cat was very friendly…


The cows and the cat get along just fine…


Mary and the cat got along just fine…


The cows were curious of who we were…


The cows file into the milking area without any directions…


Where Casey attaches the milking machines by hand…


He milks 16 cows at a time taking 2-3 minutes. Each cow donates about 2 gallons per milking…


The milk is stored in this tank and picked up every other day by a milk processor…


Here’s the back barn…


Where the young calves are kept. A cow is not milked until it is about 2.5 years old…


The calves were shy…


A new way of storing hay to keep it out of the weather until needed…


I told Casey it appears that a dairyman must be a man of many skills. He agreed, but added…Mostly I’m a big bullshifter and mess maker! Thank for allowing us to visit, Casey!

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

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a free website or blog at