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Palm Desert To Slab City, California

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 75 miles from Palm Desert to Slab city, California…one of the most unusual places in the United States.

First photo is of Palm Desert with the San Jacinto Mountains in the background…

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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Most of the trip was on California Highway 111 along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. Highway 111 is essentially atop the San Andreas fault. SC indicates the location of Slab City…

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On the way I ran along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea which appears to be at its lowest level that I have seen in my 18 years coming down this way. In these photos the Salton Sea is on my right…

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Stopped for a bite of lunch with this view of the Salton Sea…

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San Jacinto Mountains in the background…

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Alongside Highway 111 mile-long trains transport Yuma, Arizona produce to the rail-head at Riverside, California…

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Downtown Niland…hook a left and 3 miles out into the desert to Slab City…

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Slab City is one-mile square that once was Camp Dunlop during World War II. A deserted sentry house now tells you that you are almost there…

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A little further on you pass-by Salvation Mountain…

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A second sentry station tells you that you made it…

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The military base was decommissioned after the war and not long after early RVers found their way here. The buildings were demolished and only their concrete slabs remained…hence the name Slab City.

Locals like to think of Slab City one of the last true places of freedom where folks can reside with minimal interference from government authorities. It became a favorite hangout for ex-hippie types. When I first came here in 1996 there were more than 5,000 RV’s within the one-square mile. I doubt that there are 500 now…

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When the economy turned bad a few years back a number of new homeless folks came here. Unfortunately with little regulations they left their trash when they left…

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My friend Wayne has had this spot for more than 20 years. With no utilities…solar panels are big here…

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The LOW’s (Loners On Wheels) singles club have had a permanent presence here for more than 20 years…

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I’m parked nearby with a great Westerly view…

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As usual…the dinette window photo…

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Finally a Google Earth view of Slab City…

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I’ve written about Slab City many times. Here’s a link to my Blog entry from 2010 describing this unique place http://wp.me/pDCku-ZX

In addition you can enter Slab City, CA in your Internet Search Box and see numerous sites written by others who have been here.

Recently I discussed the spectacular sunrises and sunsets to be found in the desert Southwest during the Winter season. Here’s four photos from lat night’s sunset…

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Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time in this area and have explored it thoroughly…so I’ll continue my journey to Yuma, Arizona later this morning.

Yesterday was a mostly cloudy day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny with and 72 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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

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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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA

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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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Painted Canyon Sits Atop San Andreas Fault

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In 2011, Mary and I visited Painted Canyon which sits atop of the San Andreas Fault. It’s located about 10 miles northeast of Mecca, California near the northern end of the Salton sea and about 30 to the southeast of our current location at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Thousand Palms, California.

It was in the mid-70′s with an overcast sky…perfect for picture-taking. It’s so pretty here, that it is nearly impossible to take a bad photograph.

Here are 10 photos from our excursion…

The area is also known as the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area. Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mecca_Hills

To see the other 44 photos I took, click this link…
ttps://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/PaintedCanyon#

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Yesterday was a partly cloudy day at 65 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 66 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 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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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 inLuckenbach, 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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA
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/panamaorbustAll original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014
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Coachella Valley Preserve And The San Andreas Fault

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In 2010, Mary and I visited the Coachella Valley Preserve which sits atop the San Andreas Fault. In case you are not aware, it is the best known earthquake fault in California. It passes through the Coachella Valley Preserve which is also a National Wildlife Preserve. It is also known as 1000 Palms Canyon.

It’s only a 10 minute drive or 7.5 miles distant. It’s only about 5 miles the way the crow flies…supposedly in a straight line from our current location at Thousand Trails RV Resort. We took a 2 mile walk through the preserve

Here are six photos that I took…

Here’s the official Coachella Valley Preserve website link…
http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/prog/wildlife/watchable/areas/coachella.html

You can find many websites on the internet by putting San Andreas Fault in the search box.

The following two links provide a lot of information about the fault in this, the Coachella Valley, area…

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

http://geology.about.com/od/geology_ca/ig/safsouth/

To see the other 31 photos I took at the Visitors Center, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/CoachellaValleyPreserve

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a partly cloudy day at 64 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 65 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 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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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 inLuckenbach, 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 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA
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/panamaorbustAll original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014
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I Really Love…

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January

I really love being in the Southwest during the Winter season.

First reason is the weather. While most of the nation is shivering…most days here from about 10 AM to 4 PM, I can be in shorts and tee-shirt.

Second reason is the spectacular scenery. A lot of folks consider the desert as barren. For those who know how and where to look, it’s quite spectacular!

Third reason is the spectacular sunrises and sunsets! I’ve seen many over the years. Here is last night’s sunset…

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 hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was a cloudy day at 61 degrees.  Forecast for today is partly cloudy and 64 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
USA1pdEnjoying 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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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 inLuckenbach, 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/FfZUzEB4rM8If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videosThere are more than 500 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdAIf 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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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Citrus Fruit Trees And Flowers…

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January.

In addition to the magnificent Madjool date palm trees I spoke of a couple of days ago, there are other trees here. They include tangelo, orange and grapefruit trees and are available to be picked by the campground residents. Also lots of pretty flowers can be found in this park…

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A nice local treat!

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Pleasure for the eyes!

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 64 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 63 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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

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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 500 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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

 

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Palm Springs, California Aerial Tramway

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort at Palm Desert, California. Mary remains at home and I expecting her to rejoin me in mid-January

On February 14, 2014, Mary and I took a ride on the tramway. It rises 2.5 miles in 10 minutes and we were told is the second steepest in the world. The temperature on the valley floor was 88 degrees and 56 atop the mountain. Here are three of the 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…

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To read about today’s photo album location, click this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Springs_Aerial_Tramway

To see the other 47 photos that I took…

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Palm Springs, California Aerial Tramway

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 64 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 67 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

usa1pd

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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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 500 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 material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2014

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