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With Every Step You Take You Hear A… (GA122)

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.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. I’ll depart here July 24th.

 

 

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.

 

 

In 2011-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted May 25, 2012…

 

 

very loud creeeaaak!

 

 

That’s because you are walking upon the wooden floors of the Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado, Arizona. Deep in the Navajo Nation, since 1876, this is the oldest continually operated trading post in the United States.

 

 

Yesterday Mary and I drove the about 75 miles from Window Rock to Chinle, Arizona, the location of Canyon de Chelly (d’SHAY). Along the way we took a two-hour stop at the historic Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado, Arizona.

 

 

NOTE: Technical difficulties today! WE ARE UNABLE TO CONNECT TO OUR VERIZON INTERNET SIGNAL. WE ARE CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET SIGNAL HERE IN THE COTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND. THEY HAVE SOME KIND OF A FILTER THAT DOES NOT ALLOW THE UPLOADING OF PICTURES, SO YOU WILL NOT SEE ANY OF THE 126 PHOTOS THAT I TOOK.

 

Note: Today (7/16/17) I added the Google Photos link and now you can see the 126 photos. Here’s the link…

https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOfmbW1zkJKLyDWrGJSS5KS2U3fosdmH0J7r1l8

 

 

 

 

THE BEST I CAN DO AT THIS TIME IS TO GIVE YOU THESE TWO WEBSITE LINKS…

 

 

http://www.nps.gov/hutr/index.htm

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubbell_Trading_Post_National_Historic_Site

 

 

When you step through the small entrance door of this trading post, you truly step back in time! It was really neat to experience this place. Even by today’s standards it’s still out in the middle of nowhere! It truly was out in the middle of nowhere back in 1876!

 

 

Visiting old National Historic Sites is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

 

 

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Forecast for today is partly sunny and 64 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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapLACO

 

 

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 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

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 -2017

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A Day In Window Rock, Arizona… (GA121)

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.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. I’ll depart here July 24th.

 

 

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.

 

 

In 2011-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted May 24, 2012…

 

 

 

We arrived in Window Rock mid-afternoon, the day before yesterday and parked adjacent to the Navajo Nation Museum.

 

 

Window Rock is to the Navajo Nation, as Washington, D.C. is to the United States. It’s the capital of the Navajo Nation.

 

 

We started our day yesterday by leaving the Bronco attached to the motorhome and walked uphill about 1.5 miles to see Window Rock…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

which, at the base, is the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park…

 

 

 

 

 

With a beautiful statue honoring the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II…

 

 

 

 

 

The area adjacent to the memorial park contains all of the Navajo Nation government buildings including the office of the President. We stopped by to meet him, but he was in a meeting. The is the Navajo Nation Council Chamber building where the 24 representatives of the Navajo Nation meet to conduct their business…

 

 

 

 

 

When we tried to enter the front door, it was locked. Darn, what to do? We came across these two gentlemen who came to our aid. On the right is Edmund E, Yazzie, Chairman of Law and Order, and one of the 24 representatives, called Delegates, of the Navajo Nation. On the left is Eldridge A. Anderson, Legislative District Assistant to Council Delegate Roscoe Smith…

 

 

 

 

 

Eldridge proved most helpful to us. First he gained us entrance to the Navajo Nation Council Chamber building and turned on the lights so we could take photos. This first photo is a 180 degree photo of the council chamber looking from the rear towards the Speakers desk…

 

 

 

 

 

This second photo is the opposite…looking from the Speaker’s desk out over the chamber…

 

 

 

 

 

and then up close to the Speaker’s location…

 

 

 

 

 

Eldridge continued to provide us with all sorts information as he volunteered to drive us back down to the major intersection of the town where we went to the flea market…where Mary bought some more Navajo Indian jewelry…of course! She’ll soon have enough to open her own store! Thank you Eldridge for all your help. You truly made our visit to Window Rock more enjoyable and you would make a great Ambassador for the Navajo Nation!

 

 

 

 

 

After the flea market, we ate lunch where I had a Navajo Taco…

 

 

 

 

 

We spent the afternoon in the Navajo Nation Museum enjoying the beautiful paintings and photographs depicting the history of the Navajo Indian people…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the other 53 photos I took while in Window Rock, Arizona, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/WindowRockArizona#

 

 

This is the official Navajo Nation government website link…
http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/

 

 

And here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Navajo Nation…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaho_Reservation

 

 

All in all, we had a very enjoyable visit to Window Rock, Arizona. Visiting capitol cities of various locations is another joy in the full-time RVing lifestyle!

 

 

Today we will move further on down the road.

 

 

 

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…!!!

 

 

 

 

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 Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapLACO

 

 

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 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

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 -2017

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WINDOW ROCK, AZ.

Jim arranged for us to park for two nights at the Navajo Museum Library & Visitors Center in Window Rock, Arizona,  not far from Arizona’s border with New Mexico.  Here is located the seat  of government for the Navajo Nation on the largest reservation in the United States, at 27,000 square miles.

This “woman’s” hogan was removed to the center and is preserved here. It is a very solid building. The area is surrounded by huge rocks typical of those we have seen all over New Mexico. Somehow, we never get tired of these monolithic giants plopped down from some ancient cataclysmic event, that we might enjoy their beauty.

A great view out our dinette window. I’d love to be a kid again and climb these rocks and if I didn’t have a bum hip I would have. We watched young boys go up in minutes. On the grounds is a zoo populated by animals that have been injured and rescued to stay or be returned to the wild if they can be rehabilitated.

One of the main attractions in town is the window rock  for which the town is named.  A tribal park, a monument to the Navajo Code Talkers, a Veterans Memorial, and the Navajo Nation Council Chambers, are a stones throw of each other. We decided to walk the mile or so into town.

Window Rock  may have  significance  to the Navajo more than its simple beauty.  In the film from the Gallup Cultural Center we saw a Navajo woman singing the Marines Hymn,  in Navajo,  in front of  Window Rock. It is a fitting place for their Code Talkers and Veterans Memorial.

The first building we approached was the office of the President, Ben Shelly.  It is similar to our White House.  He was not available and we couldn’t meet him.

Next we visited their Council Chambers with the help of  Law And Order Chairperson, Edmond Yazzie , (right) and  Eldridge Anderson, Legislative District Assistant to Delegate Rosco Smith.  This building is where all the real action of government  takes place, similar to our House of Representatives.

The stone government buildings fit into the surrounding monolithic rocks.  Assistant Anderson gave us a VIP tour.

The view from Speaker of the Council, Johnny Naize’s seat.

The great seal behind his chair.

Council members desks face the Chair and are set up much like our National Houses of  Government.

Assistant Anderson gave us a poster of their members serving a four-year term 2011-2015. They have a true democracy where each district delegate is voted in by his constituents in his district without an electoral college between the voters and the final result.  Council members represent their districts by population, just as our House of Representatives.  Assistant Anderson was so accommodating, he gave  us a ride back to the motor home so we didn’t have to carry our paper posters in what was then a fierce wind, and then drove us back to town to finish our tour.

In town there is a daily flea market and a food court with about five small restaurants featuring Navajo foods.

I enjoyed a delicious sweet corn and lamb stew with Indian fry bread. Jim had a Navajo Taco on fry bread.

Genevieve Hardy invited us to join her for lunch and we learned a lot about the Navajo people, their schooling, languages and jobs in the community. She wears a neon vest because she bikes from home at Fort Defiance to work. Besides her government day job, she weaves custom native dresses, skirts,tops, and saddle blankets of wool. Her website is:   Jus.weaving@yahoo.com. A delightful woman. Her daughter works at Canyon De Chelly and we hope to connect with her.

We poked around town, a flea market, a Native  Arts and Crafts store, with quality jewelry and prices to match. ($6,000 and up for a necklace.)  No pictures.

We walked back to the motor home and visited the Nearby Museum and Library. I was expecting a Navajo language library. It was both. The museum was a history of the Navajo in paintings and photos with a some artifacts and a film.

This picture is about having to get your hair cut to go to the boarding schools.

The old ways.

A woman and her baby survived the long forced walk under Kit Carson where the Navajo were imprisoned at Bosque Redondo.

Window Rock should be a definite on your travel agenda.

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A Day In Window Rock, Arizona…

We arrived in Window Rock mid-afternoon, the day before yesterday and parked adjacent to the Navajo Nation Museum.

Window Rock is to the Navajo Nation, as Washington, D.C. is to the United States. It’s the capital of the Navajo Nation.

We started our day yesterday by leaving the Bronco attached to the motorhome and walked uphill about 1.5 miles to see Window Rock…

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…

which, at the base, is the Navajo Nation Veterans Memorial Park…

With a beautiful statue honoring the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II…

The area adjacent to the memorial park contains all of the Navajo Nation government buildings including the office of the President. We stopped by to meet him, but he was in a meeting. The is the Navajo Nation Council Chamber building where the 24 representatives of the Navajo Nation meet to conduct their business…

When we tried to enter the front door, it was locked. Darn, what to do? We came across these two gentlemen who came to our aid. On the right is Edmund E, Yazzie, Chairman of Law and Order, and one of the 24 representatives, called Delegates, of the Navajo Nation. On the left is Eldridge A. Anderson, Legislative District Assistant to Council Delegate Roscoe Smith…

Eldridge proved most helpful to us. First he gained us entrance to the Navajo Nation Council Chamber building and turned on the lights so we could take photos. This first photo is a 180 degree photo of the council chamber looking from the rear towards the Speakers desk…

This second photo is the opposite…looking from the Speaker’s desk out over the chamber…

and then up close to the Speaker’s location…

Eldridge continued to provide us with all sorts information as he volunteered to drive us back down to the major intersection of the town where we went to the flea market…where Mary bought some more Navajo Indian jewelery…of course! She’ll soon have enough to open her own store! Thank you Eldridge for all your help. You truly made our visit to Window Rock more enjoyable and you would make a great Ambassador for the Navajo Nation!

After the flea market, we ate lunch where I had a Navajo Taco…

We spent the afternoon in the Navajo Nation Museum enjoying the beautiful paintings and photographs depicting the history of the Navajo Indian people…

To see the other 53 photos I took while in Window Rock, Arizona, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/WindowRockArizona#

This is the official Navajo Nation government website link…
http://www.navajo-nsn.gov/

And here’s a Wikipedia informational link about the Navajo Nation…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaho_Reservation

All in all, we had a very enjoyable visit to Window Rock, Arizona. Visiting capitol cities of various locations is another joy in the full-time RVing lifestyle!

Today we will move further on down the road.

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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We’re In Navajo Country!

Yesterday we drove the motorhome the about 35 miles from Red Rock Park Campground near Gallup, New Mexico. After morning activities of doing laundry, then grocery shopping, we arrived mid-afternoon in Window Rock, Arizona,

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 double-clicking on the map you’ll be able to see the red star I’ve placed at Window Rock, which is just a couple of miles from the New Mexico border. The red star is appropriate as Window Rock is the capital of the Navajo Nation…

We are parked along side of the Navajo Nation Museum which we will visit today along with other local attractions.

In this long-range photo, we are parked at the base of the furthest rock,,,

A closer view…

Looking back in the other direction…

The view from our dinette window…

The door to our motorhome faces the front door of the Navajo Nation Museum…

We expect to depart tomorrow.

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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Gallup, New Mexico – Day 2

On our last full day of exploring Gallup, New Mexico, we visited four museums where we learned about the Navajo Code Talkers, a couple of Indian jewelery stores and the famous El Rancho Motel…Home to the Movie Stars.

If you missed Day 1 and desire to read that Blog entry, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://wp.me/pDCku-4xn

If you are not aware of who the Navajo Code Talkers were, this official website link will cure that malady…
http://www.navajocodetalkers.org/

If you are unaware of the history of the El Rancho Hotel, this website link will cure that malady…
http://elranchohotel.com/about_hotel.cfm

Because we covered so many things yesterday, the photos in this Blog entry will be a mish-mash of paintings, photographs from the past, Indian Jewelery, blankets, pottery, etc… and some of the El Rancho Hotel.

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…

To see the other 100 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/GallupNewMexicoDay2

In other news…

Now that we have completed our visit to Gallup, New Mexico…today we’ll move on to a new destination within the Navajo Nation. It’s the largest Indian Nation within the United States consisting of 27,000 square miles within New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.. Here’s the map…

In the next couple of weeks we may end up in locations where this is no Internet signal. Not to worry. As soon as we have one there will be another Blog entry.

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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