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RAIN, SURF AND ART.

Another cold, wet and rainy day. I wanted to see some art and Selena’s memorial. Selena was a young Texas girl who was destined to become the Hispanic Madonna;  beautiful voice, talent, an already star-studded singing career at age 23 when she was gunned down by her fan club president. There is a brief story of her life at this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

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I’m not even familiar with her music, but there is a sample of it at the Wikipedia link. I just remember the anguished messages I would read on passing cars after her death,  signs painted on their windows. Justice for Selina. We love you Selena. Selena lives.  Her fans were heartbroken. I promised myself I will download some of her music someday soon.

The shoreline drive was grey and wet and we stopped into the Art Center of Corpus Christi with their clever  motto being: Life Is Short, Art Is Long.

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They have several galleries featuring local artists, a nice lunch spot and the  exhibits change every month. Quality work, here.  One artist, Ty Heintze stood out from the rest. A small charcoal drawing sells for $5,000. He has won many awards.  (No pictures allowed in the galleries.)

You can photograph in the student rooms,  a huge area featuring middle school and high school artists. I found the most interesting, three portraits made by different students,  using a disciplined method of rendering the whole drawing with a finger pressed in ink.

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The portraits themselves are quite compelling, but the method is unique, and great practice for students.

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Much harder than it looks, as you can imagine.

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The art center clay studio was closed this day, but the frame around the gallery was also a treat. Eight inch tiles, each about an inch thick, formed the trim around the door. Each tile done by a different student.DSC04462 (Copy)

Surprisingly innovative and three dimensional. The Art Center suggests to me that there is a very vibrant arts community in Corpus Christi.

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We moved on to The Texas Surf Museum out of curiosity.

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It is mostly walls and walls of various surfboards. Various types and styles from the past and present.

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I found that surf boards can be as personal as their owners.

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The museum is a combination shop and museum about people who love, love, love their sport. There are tender messages, and eulogies to those notables who inspired others  and passed.Autographed boards, many,many pictures and three different videos to watch.

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The only place you are likely to see a surf board dressed in a shirt and outfitted with a video player. There are three places to watch surfing adventures on video.

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This is a meeting,or class, surfboard style.

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Surfing can be individual or competitive or just part of a social club.

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But the most endearing photos were of disabled and blind adults and kids being guided through the joys of surfing by club members.

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The sheer joy on their faces tells the tale.

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Avid surfers will enjoy this museum much more than we did. It is a special community. But, the joy in these photos warmed me.

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It was a great way to wait out the rain.

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And, the shop owner recommended Kikos Mexican restaurant as a family owned, distinctive and delicious place to eat. And, it was. My order was chicken enchildadas with chili gravy, (raw onions came on the side) and a guacamole cup. The chips and salsa were superior, no salt on the chips and the salsa distinctively different, and good. It is located on Everhart St. just blocks off San Padre Island Drive.

You won’t be disappointed.

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Corpus Christi, Texas – Day 3

The motorhome is parked at the Eagles Club #2249. We expect to depart here tomorrow.

Yesterday, on a cold, windy and rainy day, we drove the Bronco the about five miles to Ocean Drive along the Corpus Christi Bay Waterfront.

Mary wanted to see the Selena Memorial Statue, so that was our first stop. Selena was from Corpus Christi and was shot and killed by the president of her fan club when she was only 23 years old. You can read about Selena by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

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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An interesting aside…Farrah Fawcett was born in Corpus Christi. 12 million copies of this poster were sold. You can read about her by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farrah_Fawcett

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Then we stopped at an art center where Mary could get her art fix (no photography allowed).

Then onto a funky little place called the Texas Surf Museum which you can read about by clicking this link…
http://www.stxmaps.com/go/texas-surf-museum.html

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Then to Kiko’s Mexican Restaurant where Mary has three enchiladas…

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and I had three chicken chalupas…

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Then some grocery shopping and back to the motorhome.

You can read all about Corpus Christi and how it got its unusual name by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corpus_Christi,_Texas

Enjoying funky little and unusual museums is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!!!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of Texas. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…(look closely on the Texas coast…)

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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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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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Laredo, Texas – Day 2

Mary remains at home in California tending to medical and personal business issues. She has made her airline reservations to join me at Harlingen, Texas on January 3, 2013.

The motorhome is parked at Casa Blanca International State Park. I’ll be departing later this morning.

Yesterday I drove the Bronco the about five miles to Old Laredo. My goal was to visit two museums there.

Arriving in Zaragoza Street I parked directly across the street from American Legion Post #59. Originally I had thought about bringing the motorhome down to this area and park in the church parking lot. Glad I didn’t…streets are so narrow it’s no place for a wide-body motorhome. The Rio Grande River with Mexico on the other side is directly behind the American Legion building…

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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I walked up the street to the plaza…

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The church was originally built in 1755…

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Directly across the street is the Republic of the Rio Grande Museum. The building originally was the Garcia house and served as the capital building of the 283 day Republic over which seven flags have flown. You can read about the history of the Republic by clicking this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_the_Rio_Grande

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Here are some of the photos I took there…

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Next I walked up the street to the Border Heritage Museum…only it was not a museum as such. All they had on display was a number of photos taken by local photographers as entries for the Webb County Historical Society 2013 Calendar. So I got to see a lot of the city without having to walk all over the place. Here are some of my photos of those photos…

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By time I finished there it was time for lunch so I asked the attendant where I could get some good Mexican food nearby. He sent me only one block away which I never would have found by myself since it has no outdoor signs and is known only to the locals…

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Here’s the dining area…

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And finally the delicious chicken enchilada meal I enjoyed…

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If you want to see the other 37 photos that I took yesterday…click this Picasa Web Album link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/LaredoTexas

Enjoying old historical cities is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Texas. 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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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 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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STORMING TO MODESTO

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Karen and I battled a horrific storm all the way to Modesto Toyota to pick up my Prius with its newly installed battery pack.  The winds and blinding rain made it a slow, careful drive.  It was still raining as we pulled in. And, then the bad news. We drove all that way and my car needs a relay switch and won’t be ready for two or three days. Guess what?  We called and were told the car was ready. I was not a happy camper.

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The rain abated somewhat as we headed home.

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At one point we had to move to the turn lane because the driving lane was completely flooded. The old truck is high off the ground, but it is never safe to drive through deep water. We estimated the depth at seven to 12 inches in some places.

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We decided to seize the day and pulled into a Mexican restaurant, Michoachan. The atmosphere and the food were just right. Cheerful and delicious. Wonderful old pictures on the walls, except they are under glass and none of them turned out very well. This one of Pancho Villa was decent and reminded me of our stop in Columbia, New Mexico earlier this year where we enjoyed the Cabalgata. Especially Mexico’s nearby county sheriff dressed like Pancho Villa with his  marvelous saddle horn in his image.

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It is interesting that the picture does not load with the correct pixelation, but it loaded fine in the blog of March 10th of this year if you want to visit the Cabalgata in full.

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Yesterday Was Our Final Day…

of being tourists in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had originally planned to depart Albuquerque next Monday, but finally decided we’ve seen all that is worth our time here in Albuquerque and will now leave on Saturday.

On our final tourist day we…

first went back to Old Town so Mary could get to see somethings she didn’t get to the other day. Since they were girlie-type things, I sat in the Bronco and read.

Then we went to the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park…right in the middle of Albuquerque. Here’s the official website link…
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/prd/rgnc.htm

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...

The nature center has an unusual entrance…

I like creating patterns…

The viewing room…

which looks out at this…

the first signs of wildlife…

a couple of Canadian Geese…

we then took a walk along a .5 mile trail…but other than some ants and a few birds saw no other wildlife. Hey, after all, it’s in the middle of Albuquerque. Despite seeing little wildlife we both enjoyed the 1.5 hours of peace and quiet. Being in a large city is really noisy…that’s why I don’t like them.

Here’s a couple of shots of the entrance tunnel on the way out. Like I said earlier…I like creating patterns…

Then we went to see the Rio Puerco Bridge on old Historic Route 66 where I saw some more wildlife…Mary going through a barbed wire fence to fetch a couple of hub caps for her new totem pole back in California…

Here’s some photos of the bridge…

On the way back into town we got to see some older Route 66 Motels we didn’t get to see the other day…

and Jerry Unser’s (of the Unser racing family) old garage…

Finally we stopped at our favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch…

where I had two chicken tostadas…

This restaurant has the best tasting Mexican food ever! The salsa is SO GOOD…we bought a quart of it to take home. All in all…a nice final tourist day in Albuquerque.

Today we will dump the motorhome’s waste tanks and fill the fresh water and propane tank in preparation for tomorrow’s departure. In addition, laundry and food shopping will also get done.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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SEIZE THE DAY

Yesterday, I had lunch at Panera Bread in Lodi. I asked this family what they thought of the restaurant? While they liked it they didn’t express any overwhelming enthusiasm. I had to take my car in to the Toyota dealership for a recall fix, a simple nut, in the power steering mechanism. I always like to “seize the day” when I’m off-tracked. The dealership shuttle delivered me to a shopping center of my choice and I managed to buy some needed socks and underwear. Then I walked across Kettleman Lane to Panera Bread.

  I thought it was a bakery, and it is a bakery-with a restaurant.

The major appeal here is the many types of sweets. Since they don’t tempt me, I opted for a half sandwich and salad. Nothing exceptional. For almost eight dollars, (no drink) I had to  pick up  my food at a counter and bus my own fancy plastic dishes, not paper.  It’s just a fancy fast food restaurant, only higher priced. Their stock is sizzling so I wanted to see for myself what all the sizzle is about. I wasn’t impressed.

I went next door to El Maguey Mexican Grill and had a couple of pollo tacos. Customers here were more enthusiastic about their food, but my flash suddenly refused to work and I couldn’t get a picture. The prices were better as well and my food was delivered to me by a waitress.  Cost? Just under $3. Chili Verde is 7.99, and pronounced delicious by two customers. The downside to any Mexican restaurant is they only serve Mexican beer.

I called the shuttle driver and he took me to Lodi Beer Company, a craft brewer. Ah, more like it. Their porter was good, but doesn’t compare to Black Butte Porter by Deshutes Brewery, or Brown Sugah, by La Gunitas. They serve food here as well and I would have liked to try it but the dealership called me and said my car was finished. Besides, I was surfeit by then.  The interior is cool and beautiful. (No flash.)

The best find of the day, was visiting a small, side-of-the-road fruit and vegetable stand, the first on the right on Victor Rd. toward San Andreas from 99. Gail Meltzer was selling “my dad’s awesome white peaches”. Oh, my. Tree ripened, luscious peach perfume filled my car.  Peach heaven.  I bought squash and her homemade chocolate covered cashews, as well. Cheaper than rocky road, she claims by writing on a piece of paper.  (Gail cannot speak.) Better tasting, too.  Gail showed me this giant summer squash. Around Labor Day, or sooner, she is going to take bets as to how big it gets. If you want to guess, call her at 209-200-660. (I don’t know who answers the phone.)

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