Posts Tagged With: nicaragua

Central America Trip #60

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click here

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (north-bound) #5…

 

 

We are still in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Onel invited Bud and I to go visit his family, who live in the mountains 85 miles away. It took three hours to get there and the last 2.5 miles were really rugged, taking 1/2 hour in 4-wheel drive. The road (?) was very very, steep steep, narrow narrow, rocky rocky, bumpy bumpy. Get the picture?…

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Onel’s mother, is named Olympia. His grandfather is named Pedro and has been married for 75 years. Onel’s grandmother is 94, blind, and pretty much confined to bed. His grandfather had lived in the same house for 80 years…

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Pedro was 95 and spry with a twinkle in his eye. He stayed alert by constantly listening to the news on the radio and was up-to-date on everything going on in the world…

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A look around their property…

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Which is in the small town of Cincos Pinos ( Five Pines) on the border of Honduras…

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Only four months earlier had they finally gotten electricity and a telephone…

#636

 

 

This is the cooking stove. You simply put a couple of old car springs over the opening upon which you can set the pots and pans…

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The baking oven…

#638

 

 

It’s very pretty here and reminded me of Northern California…

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On the way out-of-town we passed Onel’s birthplace house…

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After ten enjoyable days in Chinandega, we moved on to the town of Estelli, with a population of about 73,000 and 2,500 foot elevation. While there I met Zoyla Xiomara Chavarria Zapata…

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Zoyla was 37 years old and works as a candy maker in her mother’s bakery business. She has two children, Jose 5 and Carmen, 3. She separated from her husband three years earlier because he used to beat her. She lived in her mother’s house…

#642

 

Next El Salvador…

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is sunny and 73 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-mapANA

 

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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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

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 -2019

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Central America Trip #59

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th 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 Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (north-bound) #4…

 

 

 

 

 

We are still in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

 

By chance I met Onel Lenz, a 29 year-old guy who owns a local construction company. He introduced me to his gringo friend, Joe, a 68 year-old guy from California who also lives here. Joe came here seven years ago, fell in love with Nicaragua and never left.

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Onel Lenz with his sister (left) and girlfriend (right)…

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Joe took me to his ocean-front lot about ten miles out of town. The roads were so bad it took us an hour to get there. The next three photos shows his ocean view right to left…

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It’s a two-acre lot…

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With about 300 feet of ocean front…

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Where he is having built, a 1,400 square foot house…

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And when finished, lot and house together will only come to…

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$35,000 in United States money…

#628

 

 

On the left is Joe’s girlfriend, Ereseli who is only 20 years old. On the right is Jasmin, her 19 year-old girlfriend…

#620 (1)

 

 

Joe and Ereseli are trying to fix me up with Jasmin! Joe invited me to move my motorhome out to his ocean property and “stay in paradise”, living with Jasmin, for free, for the rest of my life! It sounded so inviting, but the problem was that I would get bored staying in one place after a couple of months, no matter how beautiful and wonderful it was…so I passed on his invitation…

#621

 

 

Jasmin with three of her five siblings. They lived in a three-sided, palm-thatched palapa, with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Despite that every thing is amazingly clean…including the children. Jasmin was studying to be a nurse. Her mother was about 40, but was ashamed of her appearance and elected not to be in the photo. Like many families in Nicaragua, Jasmin’s father had deserted the family a while back. How her mother managed economically, I couldn’t comprehend…

#629

 

More soon…

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is light rain and 73 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-mapANA

 

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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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

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 -2019

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Central America Trip #58

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th 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 Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (north-bound) #3…

 

 

 

 

We are still in Leon, Nicaragua.

 

 

A very interesting thing to see were the anti-American and anti-CIA murals left over from the revolution. We had not seen these in any other place. These were huge murals, covering the sides of two and three-story buildings. They depicted the United States Government backing the dictator, Somoza, as opposed to the oppressed revolutionaries. Despite these murals, the people were still very friendly to us…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

This mural depicts the corruption of the politicians in Nicaragua…

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A portion of a mural denouncing the American CIA…

#610

 

 

A mural showing the revolutionary Sandino squashing Uncle Sam…

#611

 

 

Another old cathedral…

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And another…

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With a better kept interior…

#614 (1)

 

 

We are now in the town of Chichigalpa, population about 10,000. In this town, is Flor de Cana (flower of the sugar) cane) distillery…

#615

 

 

The rum is stored in wooden barrels that they buy from Kentucky, in the United States…

#616

 

 

Many believe this brand is the finest rum in the world, aged up to 21 years, and made in 16 flavors…

#617

 

 

I think the quality control guy had the best job in the place…

#618

 

 

We moved on to the city of Chinandega, at the foot of the still active 5,200 foot steaming volcano. With a population of about 140,000 and at an elevation of 200 feet, it is considered to be the hottest and driest city in Nicaragua…

#619

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is cloudy and 72 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-mapANA

 

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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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

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 -2019

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Central America Trip #57

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th 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 Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (north-bound) #2…

 

 

 

 

 

We are now at La Paz Centro (The Peace Center), Nicaragua and are parked along the central plaza. Directly across the street, surrounded by a metal fence, are a line of 84 gravestones marking the graves of those from La Paz Centro who died during the revolution. They were mostly 17, 18, and 19 year olds, several of whom were females. La Paz Centro was one of the most active areas in the revolution…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

Calle (pronounced KA-yay) means street in Spanish…

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The 84 gravestones of the revolutionaries killed in La Paz Centro…

#600

 

 

 

This female was just 19 years old when she gave her life for her country…

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There are lots of pretty ladies in Central America…

#602 (1)

 

 

Leon (population 185,000), has been here for more than 400 years without being refurbished…and shows it…

#603 (1)

 

 

Fortunately the inside of this beautiful old cathedral is in better condition…

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is mostly cloudy and 72 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-mapANA

 

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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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

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 -2019

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Central America Trip #56

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th 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 Bow, Washington. I’ll depart here August 13th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (north-bound) #1…

 

 

 

 

 

After leaving Costa Rica, a few miles up the road we arrived at San Juan del Sur, population about 15,000. It’s a beautiful sand beach/harbor…reputedly one of the prettiest and finest surfing beaches in Central America. We are parked along the malecon (waterfront) overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After our harrowing last three days, we planned to spend several days here…

 

 

 

 

 

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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Maria ran the local telephone shop. She hand-made all of the items for sale behind us…

#591

 

 

A peek at the harbor. We spent our happy hours at Ricardo’s Bar…the only place in town to hangout. It’s off-season right now and there are not a lot of people here, but those who are here are from countries all over the world. It’s kind of neat to meet fellow travelers, most of whom were most intrigued by our trip…

#592

 

 

Bud enjoys a cool one overlooking the harbor. We ate many of our meals here…

#593

 

 

They have some wonderfully beautiful sunsets here…

#594

 

 

The next four photos overlook the harbor from left to right…

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We ended up spending 10 days here in San Juan del Sur. One of our more enjoyable stops of the trip.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is cloudy and 72 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-mapANA

 

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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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

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 -2019

Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Central America Trip #38

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Sadly Mary is struggling with health issues. To see the latest about her situation, click here
To view past blogs, scroll to the bottom of this page and use the menu.
I’m currently in my 24th 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 Conner, Washington. I’m scheduled to depart August 6th.

 

 

 

Today… A trip down memory lane!

 

 

 

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…Nicaragua (south-bound) #5…

 

 

 

 

 

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 motorhomes are parked in Granada. Bud and I took a ferry ride and are on a day-trip to Ometepe Island in the middle of huge Lake Nicaragua. To read about and see a map of the island, click this link…http://ometepenicaragua.com/ometepemap.php

We got off of the ferry at Moyogalpa, the largest village on Ometepe Island …which you can read about by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moyogalpa

 

 

 

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In a small restaurant, I saw this painting depicting life at Moyogalpa…

#401

 

 

Another painting shows a look-down view of the island…the highest lake island in the world…

#402

 

 

We were constantly engaged by children trying to sell us something…

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We got on the island “chicken” bus for a ride. It proved to be very dusty, hot and crowded with people and animals. It seemed liked we stopped about every 100 feet. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes to go about ten miles over a hilly, bumpy, dusty, dirt road with about 100 stops to pickup or discharge passengers. You should have seen the “cargo” people brought aboard! Just about anything you could imagine, stacked in the back and in the aisle. A very nice woman sat next to me, holding a live chicken in her lap! Finally, we got to…

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The second largest village on the island, Altagracia…which you can read about by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altagracia

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Then we had the very same experience on the bus ride back to Moyogalpa!

 

 

On our way back to Granada…a look back at the island…

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At the ferry terminal, I saw this bus. The driver is sleeping in the furthest left storage compartment…

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The buses of Central America are gaily painted…many with religious themes…

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

 

 

 

Nicaragua proved to be my favorite country in all of Central America!

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

 

 

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

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is sunny and 69 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…

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

“Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages.” –James Madison

 

 

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” —Mark Twain

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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

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 -2019

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