The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

One week ago yesterday, I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…La Plaza de Cultura y Artes – Los Angeles, California…

In English that translates to…The Plaza of Culture and Arts.

The mission of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is to celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, with a specific focus upon the unique Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden.

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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To see the other 23 photos that I took…

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

La Plaza Cultural and Arts Center – Los Angeles, California

You can read all about this place by clicking this link…http://www.lapca.org/

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was sunny and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 74 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

One week ago today, I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California…

In English that translates to…Our Lady Queen of Angels Church of Los Angeles. It is the oldest church in the city and today serves as parish of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. On the day of my visit, Mass was about to begin with lots of folks inside…so only a few photos today.

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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You can read all about this church by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Iglesia_de_Nuestra_Se%C3%B1ora_la_Reina_de_los_%C3%81ngeles

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 70 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 72 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Avila Adobe – Los Angeles, California…

Built by the prominent rancho Don Francisco Avila, who served as alcalde (mayor) of Los Angeles in 1810. It now reflects the Mexican ranchero lifestyle of California in the 1840’s. It is the City’s oldest existing residence and is located on Olivera Street, the site of yesterday’s blog entry…http://wp.me/pDCku-bJa

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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You can read all about Avila Adobe by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avila_Adobe

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 67 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 70 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Olivera Street – Los Angeles, California…

Olivera Street is one of the oldest streets in El Pueblo de Los Angeles and was originally a very short lane known as Calle de la s Vignas (Wine Street). The zigzag brick pattern represents the original path of the Zanja Madre (Mother Ditch) and was installed by convict labor in 1929. You can read about the Zanja Madre by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanja_Madre

Today Olivera Street (Calle Olivera in Spanish) it is only about 500 feet long and offers merchandise typical of old Mexico and authentic cuisine. Personally, I would have enjoyed the street more is the vendors were not there. In my opinion they block the view to appreciate what the street really must have looked like.

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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A delicious chicken tostada for lunch…

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You can read all about Olivera Street by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olvera_Street

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 60 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 64 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Central Plaza Area – Los Angeles, California…

Over the many years of my RVing life, I estimate I have the equivalent of two years and 25,000+ miles in the back country of Mexico and Central America. Think of an average speed of 15 miles per hour!

The Central Plaza plays an important role in the lives of these people. Even the tiniest of villages have one. For the most part, the families are so poor that they live many people in a very small square foot area…with no (as we know it) living room. The Central Plaza serves as a community living room and after the workday is over…they assemble at the Central Plaza to socialize with their neighbors.

For safety during our trips, we always tried to park at the Central Plaza. It was a great place to meet the locals and have them meet us. The only downside is this socializing…which is more like a party…will often last until daybreak…making it a little hard on our sleeping hours.

The Central Plaza is also a place to be seen and heard if you have something important to share with the community. A great people-watching location in the larger communities.

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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You cal read all about Central Plaza by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Plaza

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

In other news..

It appears the weatherman is shifting to a lower gear. For the last six+ weeks the weather in the southwest has run 5-20 degrees above normal average with some calling it the warmest winter on record. Yesterday and today are about 10 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next six weeks or so is calling for 5-10 below normal. Hmmm…I guess that why it’s called an average. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 57 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 60 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Union Station – Los Angeles, California…

I got to thinking about the last time I rode a train…from point A to point B. Other than an occasional tourist/novelty-type ride…I think it was back in 1958 from Boston, Massachusetts to U.S. Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. Long time ago!

For a building that has been in service for 76 years…I was surprised how clean and bright everything at Union Station is. They do a real good job of keeping it clean. Also very easy to find your way around.

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…

Arrival photos…

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Departure photos…

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Here they are shooting a TV commercial…

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I took the 2:15…

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You cal read all about Union Station by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Los_Angeles%29

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

In other news..

It appears the weatherman is shifting to a lower gear. For the last six+ weeks the weather in the southwest has run 5-20 degrees above normal average with some calling it the warmest winter on record. Yesterday and today are about 10 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next six weeks or so is calling for 5-10 below normal. Hmmm…I guess that why it’s called an average. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 52 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny/cloudy and 57 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Metrolink – Acton to Los Angeles, California…

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…

The Acton Station. On a Saturday morning there were only a few cars in the parking lot…

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You buy your ticket from these machines. On the weekend only $10 round-trip for 55 miles one way and a 1 hour and 40 minute train ride. Such a deal…

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The partially enclosed station blocks the cold north and westerly winds…

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Looking northeasterly. The train will come from this direction…

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Looking southeast…

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Looking southwest. Los Angeles is 55 miles down the tracks…

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A MetroLink sign…

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I took the 9:16 AM train and rode on the upper level for better views of the passing scenery…

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Along the way the train slows through the curves…

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Approaching Los Angeles we pass the maintenance yards…

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Almost there…

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We arrive safely. Because of my RVing lifestyle…I’m no longer use to be around so many people…

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During the trip I reflected on the occasional train wreck heard in the news. It makes me think that when someone else is driving…you are in their control. That thought has me flashing back to our terrible accident of May 27, 2012 when some one else was driving…http://wp.me/pDCku-4Eh

No matter how hard one tries…those moments are forever burned into memory.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

In other news..

It appears the weatherman is shifting to a lower gear. For the last six+ weeks the weather in the southwest has run 5-20 degrees above normal average with some calling it the warmest winter on record. Yesterday and today are about 10 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next six weeks or so is calling for 5-10 below normal. Hmmm…I guess that why it’s called an average. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Yesterday was a cloudy with showers and 49 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with showers and 52 degrees.

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…

AC

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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Yesterday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

The below Google Earth image shows the area I visited…

The El Pueblo de Los Angeles codes are as follows…

A – Avila Adobe
C – Our Lady Queen Of Angels Church
L – La Plaza Culture and Arts Center
O – Olivera Street
P – The Central Plaza
U – Union Station

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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Over the next several days I’ll present detailed blog entries of these locations.

I wasn’t about to drive into all that madness…so I took the MetroLink Train from Acton to Los Angeles. The 55 mile trip takes 1 hour and 40 minutes with several stops along the way. The elevation drops more than 3,000 feet…from 3,333 feet at the Acton station to 294 feet at Union Station in Los Angeles.

The Metro Link Train actually crosses the entrance to Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort…my current location. Unfortunately the train does not stop here…the station in Acton is 10 miles east-northeast from here.

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I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

In other news..

It appears the weatherman is shifting to a lower gear. For the last six+ weeks the weather in the southwest has run 5-20 degrees above normal average with some calling it the warmest winter on record. Yesterday and today are about 10 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next six weeks or so is calling for 5-10 below normal. Hmmm…I guess that why it’s called an average. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Yesterday was a cloudy with showers and 63 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with showers and 52 degrees.

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…

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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 would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

The bad news is…Mary has left me once again.

It is all part of our original agreement from when we met back in 2008. That…about three times a year…she would have to go back home for various reasons. This time it’s to tend to her taxes and other miscellaneous business.

She’s grown tired of the hassle of flying…so this time she decided to take the Amtrak train. From Deming, New Mexico to Los Angeles, CA…then the Amtrak bus to Bakersfield, CA…then back on to the train to Stockton, CA…where her youngest son will meet her with her car. The entire train experience will be just under 24 hours. Then she’ll drive from Stockton up the hill about an hour to her home.

The train was scheduled to arrive at 6:11 PM. But since Amtrak doesn’t have to compete with other trains…promptness is not a key issue. The train arrived at 7:05 PM. It’s a big train and only passes west-bound through Deming once a day…

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...

By time others got off and she got on…it was 7:11 PM by time she departed…

Into the golden Western sunset..

And then she was gone…

It was about a 30 minute drive back to Rockhound State Park where the night lights of Deming can be seen through the windshield of our motorhome…

It’s always very noticeable when Mary first departs. It’s very quiet and there’s no laughter. I’ve mentioned many times about how much laughter we share in our relationship. it’s not all bad because absence makes the heart grow fonder….etc…..

I’m hoping to get her back within about six weeks…the end of April at the latest. In the mean while I’ll continue traveling solo until she returns.

The good news is she always returns.

In other news…

Originally I had planned to move along today. However the long-range weather forecast for the area for the next week has very strong winds slated for this coming Saturday through Tuesday…not a good time to be on the road with a high-profile motorhome. So I’ve decided…since I’m very comfortable in this very scenic location…plus I have some friends nearby…to wait out the very windy conditions. If all goes as forecasted…I’ll likely start moving on once again next Wednesday. One week from today. .

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Jim says:

This time you get to see about 20 miles worth of the Coachella Valley looking West along Interstate Highway 10. Continue another 120 miles or so and you’d be in downtown Los Angeles…No, Thanks!

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On the lower right is the City of Indio which in Spanish means Indian. Thousand Trails RV resort is marked by the yellow pin. Palm Springs sits at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains. Thousand Trails RV Resort is at 246 feet of elevation while the San Jacinto Mountains have several peaks in excess of 10,000 feet. These mountains protect Palm Springs from the westerly winds and hence Palm Springs has an annual rainfall average of only 3.00 inches and upwards of 360 sunny days per year which is why this area is so popular.

Below is a Wikipedia link that tells you everything you would ever want to know about the Coachella Valley…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coachella_Valley

In other news…
Today is the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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