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2010 Year In Review…

Jim says:

2010 was a great RVing year for me. Here’s some on the places I visited, things I did and people met along the way in the about 17,500 miles…

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* Arizona
Yuma with a walk-in to San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora Mexico
Apache Junction
Old Tucson Film Studios in Tucson
Biosphere 2, in Oracle
Chiricahua National Monument deep in Apache Country for three days

* New Mexico
Deming with a walk-in to Palomas, Mexico

* Texas
Big Bend National Park for three days
Judge Roy Bean Museum in Langtry
National Museum of the World War II Pacific War Museum at Fredericksburg
Luckenback, population 3
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park at Stonewall

* Louisana
Fred’s Lounge in Eunice
Jean LaFitte National Preserve at Barataria
Mardi Gras in New Orleans for two weeks
Battle of New Orleans site at Chalmette
The mouth of the Mississippi River at Venice
Pilot Town, an island ten miles into the Gulf of Mexico
Bayou Terrbonne to Houma marshlands
Mandalay National Wildlife Preserve and Bayou Black Swamp tour
Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center at Thibodaux
Mr. Charlie Oil Rig Museum at Morgan City
The Oldest Rice Mill and Birthpace of Cajun Country at New Iberia
Tabasco factory and the Annual great Gator Race at New Iberia
Rice and Crawfish country in Crowley
Jean LaFitte Nation Historic Park at Lafayette
Martin Accordion Factory at Lafayette
Saints Football Team Parade at Opelousas
Historic Town of Washington
A visit at the home Greg Girard, famous Louisiana Author at Catahoula
The Great Atchafaylaya Swamp
Louisiana’s Angloa Maximum Security Prison 25 miles from St. Francisville
Civil War Battlefield at Port Hudson
State Capital Building at Baton Rouge
The Last Wilderness Ultimate Swamp Tour
Nottaway Plantation at White Castle
Laura Plantation at Vacherie
Bayou Segnette State Park at Westwego

* Mississippi
Beauvoir – Last Home Of Jefferson Davis, Biloxi,
U.S. Highway 90 and Hurricane Katrina Ground Zero damage area

* Florida
National Naval Aviation Museum at Pensacola for three days
Blue Angels Precision Flaying Team at Pensacola
Historical Museum at Pensacola
Fort Barrancas at Pensacola
Gulf Islands National Seashore

* South Carolina
A week-long visit with my friends Bob and Judy Michaud at Summerton
Santee National Wildlife Refuge at Summerton

* North Carolina
Asheville
Cherokee Indian Museum at Cherokee

* North Carolina and Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

* North Carolina and Virginia
Blue Ridge Parkway

* Virginia
Skyline drive
A visit with Mary’s stepdaughter and her family at Front Royal

* West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Park

* Pennsylvania
Gettysburg National Military Historic Park
Hershey Chocolate Factory at Hershey
Dutch/Amish Country in Lancaster County
The Covered Bridge Tour of Lehigh County

* New Jersey
A visit with my friends Jim and Ginnie Palumbo in Wayne
Thomas Edison National Historical Park at west Orange
A visit with my cousin Simone and her husband Pat in Bergenfield

* Connecticut
A visit with my cousin Diane and her husband Bob at Hebron
A visit with my son Jim and his family at Ivoryton
Katherine Hepburn Museum at Old Saybrook
Nuclear Submarine Nautilus and U.S, Navy Submarine Museum at Groton
United States Coast Guard academy at New London
Ivoryton Playhouse and The Buddy Holly Story
The largest casino in the United States at Foxwood
Mystic Seaport
Amistad Exhibit at New London

* Rhode Island
Millionaire “Summer Cottages” at Newport

* Massachusetts
A visit with several different cousins and their families at New Bedford
Whaling Museum at New Bedford
The Island of Martha’s Vineyard for one week
Chappaquiddick Island
A week on Cape Cod including Hyannisport and Provincetown
Sandwich Glass Museum at Sandwich
A visit with old school friends at Revere
The first public beach in the United States at Revere
97th Annual Portuguese Feast/Festival
Lowell’s Boat Shop at Amesbury
Newburyport
Manchester
Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center and Fisherman’s Memorial
Rockport

* New Hampshire
Portsmouth

* New York
U. S. Army West Point Military Academy

* Michigan
Henry Ford Museum at Dearborn
Motown Music Museum and Ford F150 Pickup Assembly Plant Tour in Detroit

* Indiana
RV Museum at Elkhart
Fleetwood Motorhome Factory at Decatur
Workhorse Chassis Factory at Union City
Little Italy Festival in Clinton

* Nebraska
High Plains Museum at McCook

* Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Museum of Northwest Colorado at Craig

* Nevada
National Automobile Museum at Reno

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In addition those identified there were many other smaller museums, numerous restaurants and other experiences during the about 17,500 miles of 2010.
Whew! It was quite a year!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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Three Unusual Happenings That Ended In Hastings, Nebraska

Jim says:

Today was a rather unusual day. We departed Maryville, Missouri at 9:00 AM and I was at the wheel as we went down U.S. Highway 136 West. About 1.5 hours later we passed through the last town in Missouri by the name of Rock Port. We were expecting to cross the Missouri River into Nebraska in just a few miles when we came upon a huge fluorescent orange warning sign that stated…

MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE…8’6″ MAXIMUM WIDTH.
(It didn’t say why this was so…just those words)

Before we knew it we were passed the sign and did not get a picture of it. Nonetheless…we had a problem as our motorhome is 8’6″ wide…not including the mirrors! What to do???

I pulled into a large gas station parking lot to assess the situation. Since we could not cross the Missouri River on Highway 36 I decided to head northwest on Interstate Highway 29. On we went for 20+ miles until we came to U.S. Highway 2 which finally allowed us across the Missouri River. Mary snapped this photo of the Missouri River with my camera. This is the very river boated by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

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Once across the river we followed Highway 2 for a quite a while which unfortunately heads North to Lincoln…and we wanted to go West! Finally I found a way to avoid downtown Lincoln and got on U.S. Highway 6 headed West. That detour took us approximately 100 miles out of our way and was the first of today’s three unusual happenings.

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Next happening was the weather. Once across the Missouri River a light misty rain began and continued off-and-on for the remainder of the day. The unusual part was the temperature which was a high of only 70 degrees! The most delightful temperature we’ve experienced in a LONG TIME! It was wonderful not being in all the heat and humidity we’ve experienced for so long! That was unusual happening #2.

I drove 165 miles in 4.5 hours when Mary took over the wheel in Friend, Nebraska heading for our day’s destination of Hastings about 65 miles distant. The terrain in Nebraska so far has not been as hilly as Missouri. Pretty near every little town has some of these huge grain silos…

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Finally we arrived in Hastings and pulled into the parking lot of American Legion Post #11. I went inside to ask permission to park for the night. I was greeted by the Manager Deneeta Svoboda who readily granted permission. She soon was telling me the story of how this American Legion Post will be closing on September 30th. I found out she had a beer that Mary would like and went out to the motorhome to fetch her. To make along story short, Deneeta turned out to be a bubbly, effervescent type of gal with whom we were soon chatting like we had known her all of our lives. A really fun gal…Mary and she hit it off just grandly. We were the only customers in the place so it was really easy to chat.

Among the things we talked about was Deneeta’s cleanliness of the place She proudly boasted of the cleanest public bar restrooms we could ever find. I checked out the mens room and by golly you could eat off of the floor. Here’s the photo to prove it…

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Here’s the unusual part…I stayed two hours and had two Miller Lites in that time then left to go out to the motorhome to get something to eat. You need to understand…Mary is a one beer drinker. By time I left she had had two beers, a shot of Irish Whiskey and was drinking a scotch and water. After a total of 4.5 hours she finally returned to the motorhome! She confessed to having two more scotch and waters after I left. So, that’s unusual happening #3. Mary just does not drink like that. She told me more than once…”I’m smashed”. She said she drank a lot of water during the night but appears to be fine this morning. Here’s a photo of Mary and Deneeta…

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I got the feeling Mary must have really been needing some girl time instead of hanging around me all the time!

Another fun day in the full-Time RVing lifestyle. As I’ve said before…it’s a lousy job, but someone’s got to do it!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
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