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Minute Man National Park – Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts (GA558)

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The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I may be here until March 4th.

 

 

 

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.

This entry was posted July 23, 2013…

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #191 in Sudbury, Massachusetts. I expect to depart here tomorrow.

 

 

Mary is back at  her home in California tending to some personal business. She has made her plane reservations and will fly to meet me in Boston, Massachusetts on July 30th.

 

 

The heat wave is supposed to be over but you cannot prove it by me. Yesterday was 89 degrees in the shade with 50% humidity. I ran the motorhome air-conditioner from about 1:00 – 9:00 PM.

 

 

Yesterday I visited the Minute Man National Park…in five stops. This park commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. To refresh your memory of the events occurring on that date, I recommend you click this link… http://www.battleroad.org/history.html

 

 

I drove the Bronco the about 15 miles to the first stop which was at the headquarters of the park located in Lincoln, situated between Lexington and Concord. I viewed an excellent 25 minute multimedia presentation about the fateful day that began an eight-year war resulting in the birth of a new nation. 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…

 

 

 

 

 

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Then I drove about three miles east to the Lexington Green. No one knows who fired the shot where the first blood of the war resulted…

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Then about four miles back west to the Paul Revere capture site. You can read the words of all three markers by clicking this link… http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMA88_Paul_Revere_Capture_Site

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Then about two miles west to the Hartwell Tavern which you can read about by clicking this link… http://www.nps.gov/mima/forteachers/the-historic-hartwell-tavern.htm

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This is the actual North Great Road also known as the Battle Road Trail, on which the British Troops and Patriot Minute Men walked upon. Note the concrete marker on the right…

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Now barely readable because of being worn by the elements over the years…it reads…Boston Harbor 14M (meaning miles)…

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Then about four more miles west to the final stop of the North Bridge. It was here the Patriots repulsed the British Troops and fired “the shot heard around the world”. The British advanced the bridge from this side of the Concord River, The Patriots were waiting for them on the other side of the bridge…

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1/4 mile later on a walking path I came to the North Bridge visitors center…

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The bridge as seen from the visitors center…

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The park does a great job in presenting the details of April 19, 1775. It was a very emotional visit to walk on such hallowed ground. Here’s the Minute Man National Park official website link… http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm

 

 

Enjoying historical places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

After sitting so long at my son’s home and then waiting out the week-long heat wave…I had grown tired of sitting around. It’s nice to be back on the move once again!

 

 

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Massachusetts. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 72 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 Arizona. 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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

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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 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 -2019

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Ivoryton, Connecticut Day 24 (GA536)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

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The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres RV Park in Yuma, Arizona.

 

 

 

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.

This entry was posted July 1, 2013…

 

 

 

The motorhome is parked at my son’s home where I’m expected to remain until July 17th visiting with my family.

 

 

Mary is back at  her home in California readying for a family reunion. She has a tentative return-to-me-date of July 16th.

 

 

My Verizon account recycles on July 5th and I’m closing in on my GB limit so photos will be few until then.

 

 

While in the nearby Village of Deep River the other day, I saw this historical sign…

 

 

 

 

 

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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Enjoying historical signs is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

 

 

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Connecticut. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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/

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Mary did not post this date.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is 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 Arizona. 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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

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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…

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 -2018

 

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DURANGO TO SILVERTON STEAM TRAIN

We boarded an 1882 steam train at the depot in Durango and took it three and a half hours to Silverton, once a profitable silver mining town at 9,308 elevation. The train appeals to tourists and the mountain views are spectacular in places.

We paid extra to sit in the enclosed car that features a docent with historical narrative to share. Close to the engine, the cinders and ash were heavy if you opened a window. Hot with them closed.

The train makes several stops, this one to take on water…

…and make a routine inspection before moving on.

The train follows the riverbed for much of the way. Pristine, roiling waters and marshmallow clouds all day for us.

This is what the inside of the enclosed cars looks like.  Three and one-half hours is  tough for a two-year old. The scenery, though beautiful,  gets repetitive for much of the way. It was a welcome and speedy trip for people in the 1800’s. If you go with children, one way is probably enough. You have a choice to train up, and bus back.

These new, young friends, passed some of the time playing scissors, paper and rock, which helped pass some of the time.  The docent explained that we can expect to see deer, beaver, goats, sheep, bear and cougar among the larger animals.  I saw two dahl sheep quite close to the road on the way up and one on the way down. You come upon them so unexpectedly, a picture was not possible.

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The train stops at designated places for backpackers and hikers who get off or back on the train. They can be out for days, or just hours. They find room for them to ride in the gondola cars.  Three older guys picked up on our way back were out for four days and hiked 40 miles. They  reported being followed all the way up the mountain by wild goats that would walk right through their camp. He snarked, “And people hunt them?  It’s like hunting a Buick in a parking lot.”

There are two walking  bridges for hikers  to cross the river that I saw.  In many places fording is possible as well.

Other canyon adventures are riding a  zip-line, kayaking, and river rafting.  This tree is the bottom part of the zip-line apparatus.

Snow melt makes its way to the river and cascades beautifully for us down the rocks. in small and tall waterfalls.

Water tumbling over rocks is always a refreshing and beautiful scene.

As we rose in elevation, we passed through an aspen forest with some of the biggest aspen I’ve ever seen.  Downed trees from beaver chews were visible on the side of the water, but no beaver dam in site.

We got off the train at Silverton and we were greeted by a young boy hawking “rocks for sale.”

People took this opportunity to have their picture taken with the train.  I liked the train parked with the green path up the mountain behind it.

Silverton has one paved street, Main St.  It was very class conscious in its day and the well-to-do lived on this side of town. People from the other side town were discouraged from mingling with the upper class.

The “low rent” district was more interesting.

And, of course, the jail was built on the “wrong” side of town where all the miners lived.

Besides unpaved streets, there is still boardwalks in some places.

Haven’t a clue?  It was definitely closed. It is said that when mining went bust, the town was so broke they couldn’t prosper, so the town is much like it looked in the 1900’s.

And, if you’re short on money, and need a four-way stop sign, you can make do with one post, one hole, and less labor.

Blair Street was part of the notorious “other” side of town now marked for the benefit of tourists as is this phony but fun grave marker.

Lola Fent Kicked Up Her Heels,  & Away She Went .

I spotted this delightful truck sitting in front of its own brewery. Had to try it. I ordered a porter, which was way overly carbonated, almost chemical tasting and way over priced. Everyone seemed to be eating good food, but, the beer was just drinkable. We ate at Romeros and got back on the train.

We asked to get off the history car for two reasons. First, we couldn’t hear well enough over the noise of the train. And, secondly, picture-taking was difficult through the small window openings.   The conductor found us a seat and we had a much more enjoyable ride in the open gondola.  You could see better and it was easier to take pictures. You still get puffs of ash, and grime, though.  The kids get more diversion, though the five-year old above had a hard time concentrating and wanted to be done with the ride.

The Rio de Los Animus Por Dios river runs through this magnificent canyon. It means the river of lost souls.  I expect there were numerous deaths for those early explorers trying to navigate the river and canyon.  Even today, there have been lightening fires, mud and rock slides and periodic floods in low places and drownings.

The trip back seemed shorter. Everyone has there preference and  I think if we were to do it again, we’d take the half trip.  The Concession Car, by the way, has much in the way of snacks, water and refreshments.  There are restrooms aboard the train, as in the 1800’s.

The kids love it when the engineer lets go with a blast of steam to lower pressure in the boiler when he needs to slow going down hill.

In some places, the train passes so close to the rocks and trees you can reach out and touch them. I chuckled when I saw a father warn the kids to keep their hands inside the rails, only to wait until they weren’t looking and he reached out and touched the rocks and grabbed a leaf.  Busted!

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