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Central America Trip #91

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California. While here I’ll perform routine maintenance and cleaning of both the motorhome and Bronco.

Yesterday I went for my annual physical at the VA Clinic in Sonora, California. Doctor Mathur gave me a clean bill of health for the next year.

 

I’m not sure how long I’ll be here. Mary just found out that she will be having surgery on her right shoulder on April 15th. I’ll want to assist her during recovery however I can.

I assisted her with her left shoulder surgery in 2009. Whenever it’s convenient and I know that she is comfortable after her surgery, I’ll make my future travel plans at that time.

 

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with this area blogs.

 

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

 

Today…Mexico (north-bound) 16…

 

The motorhome is in Oaxaca, awaiting a new engine. I had no idea that it would take two months. In the meantime we explore Oaxaca, one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. In our two months there…we got to know it well…

 

Another day trip in the Bronco, this time to the village of San Antonio Arrazola where alejibras (mythical animals) are made from copal wood…

 

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 small church in one of the prettiest and cleanest villages of the trip…

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Rather plain in comparison to others we’ve seen…

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Music is everywhere in Mexico…

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This 12 piece band played traditional Banda music…

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Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 78 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 California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapManteca

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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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 -2016

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Central America Trip #50

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a couple of months hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  🙂

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Panama (south-bound) #9…

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…

We are still at Portobello, Panama…

 

 

These cannon along with six other forts in this small bay protected the gold and silver awaiting shipment to Spain from pirates…

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More “Red Devils”…

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No mufflers on these buses and they really roar…

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No gas stations here. I got five gallons from a 55 gallon drum…

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A day-trip to Isla Grande (large island) on the remote Panama coast…

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A five-minute boat trip from the mainland got us there…

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Beautiful white sand, palm-lined beaches and crystal clear water and not one car can be found here…

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The population is about 300 blacks…

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The most scenic spot so far of our trip…

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Bob Marley is very big in Panama..

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More Isla Grande soon…

 

You can read all about Panama by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 64 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 68 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…

united-states-mapYUMA

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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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 -2015

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Central America Trip #9

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Mexico (south-bound) #9…

All of today’s photos were taken at Mayan Runs of Chichen-itza from the period of 600-1250 A.D. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico receiving about 1.2 million visitors a year…

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…

 

 

T he Great Pyramid is over 100 feet high…

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From a distance the people look like ants climbing the Great Pyramid…

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There are 91 very steep and narrow steps on each of the four sides which equals 364 plus one for the altar at the top, equals 365 from the Mayan Calendar…

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One of my traveling companions, Bud Kuball, age 75 at the time, nears the top…

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One of the views from the top is of the Temple of the Warriors…

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The Great Ball Court…

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Here’s a great link about Chichen-itza…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a mostly sunny and 76 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 83 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 California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapMURPHYS

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

2

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 -2015

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Almost Like Being In Mexico…

Jim says:

I remain here in the American Legion Post #19 parking lot in Yuma, Arizona. In reality, the way the crow flies (supposedly in a straight line), Mexico is just a few short miles away. As you might imagine there are lots of Hispanics residing in the Yuma area. It’s almost like being in the real Mexico. Here are three examples…

When in Yuma I go to a Mexican barber by the name of Jesus. Out of pure circumstance, his nephew Fidel, is the only barber in Mary’s hometown of Murphys, California. Fidel also cuts my hair.

Two years ago when Mary and I were here in Yuma, we ran across a Mexican woman by the name of Lydia who made delicious tamales. She lived in this area for many years and was well-known for her tamales. Recently Mary asked me to contact Lydia and get a couple of dozen tamales and put them in our motorhome freezer. A telephone call to Lydia resulted in a message…”The number you have called has been disconnected and is no longer in service.” No Lydia…what to do?

While at the bar enjoying happy hour in the American Legion a few days ago, I met a Mexican guy by the name of John,,,aka Juan…naturally. I told him of my Lydia story and her knew of her and the fact that she has disappeared indicating no one seems to know where she has gone. “Not to fret”… says my new friend, John. “My wife Claudia (a Mexican) makes homemade tamales…how many do you want?”

PictureLaced liberally with Mexican hot sauce…they are yummy!

The day before Christmas John delivers two dozen…still hot…tamales to my motorhome. How can I not have a couple for lunch? They are delicious! Problem solved! My Mary will be so happy!

Finally, on Christmas Day night…a Saturday night…just like being in Mexico. Before I continue with my story, I must explain in Mexico they love their music and it only has one setting…FULL VOLUME…get the picture? Across the street from my current location… a mere 169 feet away (I paced the distance), behind a six-foot-high cinder-block wall is a housing sub-division where some Mexicans reside. How do I know this? Because of the really loud music!

But they are Americanized-Mexicans and hence play their music at only 3/4 full volume! On Christmas Day night they carried on until 3:00 AM! A number of some-what inebriated Mexicans sang along with the music and while it somewhat interfered with my sleep…I really enjoyed the experience.

It reminded me of the about two years I have spent wandering in Mexico and Central America where this occurs regularly. The Hispanic people of Mexico and Central America, despite most of them living in noticeable poverty, are a very happy, friendly, kind and generous people who can find just about any event as an excuse to turn it into a party!

I really like Yuma, Arizona. It’s pretty, clean with wide streets, easy to find your way around and without horrible traffic congestion found in most cities. It’s almost like being in the real Mexico!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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