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Ivoryton, Connecticut Day 1 (GA572)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
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 Shady Acres RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I may be here until March 4th.

 

 

 

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.

This entry was posted August 7, 2013…

 

 

 

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 100 miles from North Dartmouth, Massachusetts to Ivoryton, Connecticut. It’s parked at my son’s home.

 

 

Upon arrival yesterday, I could not get an Internet signal. After an hour on the telephone with Verizon technical support, they decided I had a bad SIM Card. So I drove the Bronco the about 10 miles to the local Verizon store. After about one hour there, I finally had an Internet signal. Back to the motorhome where once again…no Internet signal. Another hour on the phone with Verizon technical support to no avail…back to the Verizon store. Another hour and it was finally working once again. By time I got back to the motorhome it was 8:00 PM, but at least we now have an Internet signal. Computers are great when they work correctly, but when they don’t, they can be a real pain!

 

 

By then it was too dark to take my arrival photos. The first photo is of when I first arrived here in early June. Since I’m in the same exact position, it’s just like it would have been if I took it yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

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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The usual dinette photo was also taken on my arrival here in early June. It wasn’t raining yesterday…

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We expect to depart for the west coast next Monday.

 

 

Enjoying family 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 Connecticut. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/lawmakers-summer-break/

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny and 65 degrees.

 

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

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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 -2019

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Minute Man National Park – Lexington & Concord, Massachusetts (GA558)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 5,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
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 Shady Acres RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I may be here until March 4th.

 

 

 

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.

This entry was posted July 23, 2013…

 

 

 

 

The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #191 in Sudbury, Massachusetts. I expect to depart here tomorrow.

 

 

Mary is back at  her home in California tending to some personal business. She has made her plane reservations and will fly to meet me in Boston, Massachusetts on July 30th.

 

 

The heat wave is supposed to be over but you cannot prove it by me. Yesterday was 89 degrees in the shade with 50% humidity. I ran the motorhome air-conditioner from about 1:00 – 9:00 PM.

 

 

Yesterday I visited the Minute Man National Park…in five stops. This park commemorates the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775. To refresh your memory of the events occurring on that date, I recommend you click this link… http://www.battleroad.org/history.html

 

 

I drove the Bronco the about 15 miles to the first stop which was at the headquarters of the park located in Lincoln, situated between Lexington and Concord. I viewed an excellent 25 minute multimedia presentation about the fateful day that began an eight-year war resulting in the birth of a new nation. Here are some 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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Then I drove about three miles east to the Lexington Green. No one knows who fired the shot where the first blood of the war resulted…

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Then about four miles back west to the Paul Revere capture site. You can read the words of all three markers by clicking this link… http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMA88_Paul_Revere_Capture_Site

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Then about two miles west to the Hartwell Tavern which you can read about by clicking this link… http://www.nps.gov/mima/forteachers/the-historic-hartwell-tavern.htm

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This is the actual North Great Road also known as the Battle Road Trail, on which the British Troops and Patriot Minute Men walked upon. Note the concrete marker on the right…

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Now barely readable because of being worn by the elements over the years…it reads…Boston Harbor 14M (meaning miles)…

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Then about four more miles west to the final stop of the North Bridge. It was here the Patriots repulsed the British Troops and fired “the shot heard around the world”. The British advanced the bridge from this side of the Concord River, The Patriots were waiting for them on the other side of the bridge…

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1/4 mile later on a walking path I came to the North Bridge visitors center…

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The bridge as seen from the visitors center…

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The park does a great job in presenting the details of April 19, 1775. It was a very emotional visit to walk on such hallowed ground. Here’s the Minute Man National Park official website link… http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm

 

 

Enjoying historical places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

 

 

After sitting so long at my son’s home and then waiting out the week-long heat wave…I had grown tired of sitting around. It’s nice to be back on the move once again!

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/a-chiropractic-fitness-center/

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Forecast for today is sunny 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 Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

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

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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 -2019

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Tumwater Falls Park Near Olympia, Washington

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 21st 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 Chehalis, Washington. I’ll depart here later this morning.

 

I’m finally caught up with my backlog of photos for new blog postings. I’ve decided to dig back into my archives and republish photos of various areas I visited this summer. After all, what good are archived photos if you forget about them.

 

 

 

Today’s subject…

 

 

About one month ago I was parked in Olympia, Washington. In 2014, I visited nearby Tumwater Falls Park.. Here are some 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 see the other 34 photos that I took, click this link…

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273/album/AF1QipMShvOJkkLlEAcohANK7woVzOYSE_E5Eh9LEsJ8

 

 

 

To read all about Olympia, Washington, click this link…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympia,_Washington

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was cloudy with showers and 59 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with showers and 61 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

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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 2016

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CAUSLAND MEMORIAL PARK ANACORTES

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Jim and I have moved on to Monroe, Wa. where we are parked at Thunderbird Thousand Trails on the Skykomish River. But, I’m still blogging Anacortes because it has so many unique features, like this World War I Memorial Park. It is named for Vernon Causland a local vet killed during the war.

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War memorials are fairly common things to see as we travel about the country. This is the 2nd one we’ve seen designated a National Heritage Site. It is a beautiful and unique park. The single building, this gazebo type structure is at the front entrance.

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The park is fenced on two sides by unique rock walls. This is one corner.

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I walked along the side street, fascinated by the detailed work put into this wall.

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The wall undulates, dipping at places and higher at other spots.

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It curves into a side entrance.

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The walls are unique, but it isn’t the only beautiful aspect of this park.

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It has sweeping vistas of tiered grassy seating and about an acre of lawn above this spot with beautiful trees and flowers. A very restful place.

 

I’ll blog no more of Anacortes, but if you want to see the 40 pictures I took of Mitchell’s Murals in a slideshow, click on the link below.

2014-8-15-Anacortes Murals Project

 

 

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VERMILLON VILLE OF LAFAYETTE, LA.

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There are two Cajun Villages nearby but the Vermillion Ville, a Cajun/Creole Heritage and Folklife Park has a Saturday afternoon jam, every Saturday. Greats like August Broussard, Ray Landrey and others I don’t know their names take time to help young students learn their great music. August is tutoring Darrien, above. We ran into them when we entered the park.

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The park has about 12 buildings along the river in a beautiful park setting that show the Cajun/Creole way of life on a self-guided tour. Cajun houses tend to be small. People spent most of their time outside.

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Most of them have stairs leading up to an attic.

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The wattle and twig built fireplace heated the house and provided a place to cook.

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In hot sweltering Louisiana, a family may have an outside kitchen, with their garden by the door.

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A docent demonstrated cooking in a fireplace with a black pot.

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The finished dish, grits and grenelles, I think is the name of the dish. It is beef and vegetables in a roux served with yellow corn grits. No tomatoes. She mentioned that most Cajun recipes do not use tomatoes except for a court bouillon.

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At the school-house, where a sign on the blackboard reads, “I will not speak French in the classroom or on school grounds.”  A fiddler entertained us and a big contingent of French speakers from Canada, some were unfamiliar with the punishment and edict that tried to force Acadians (Cajuns) to speak only English. He was a humorous old gent named Merlin Fontenot, two months away age 90. DSC04050 (Copy)

The Vermillion Ville Park is beautiful and we visited about 12 buildings. While Cajun families lived in small house right on the bayou, more affluent Creoles had fancier houses and furnishings.

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Regardless of whether they were Creole or Cajun, furnishings were most often home-made like this beautiful cradle.

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Trundle beds with mosquito netting for Louisiana summer nights.

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And this rather amazing home-made device. A fan you could operate from bed until your arm fell off, or you fell asleep.

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A piece of fancier furniture.

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It didin’t matter how fancy you lived, when it was cold, you wore a heavy long cloak.

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And you still had to light the candles everyday. (Above converted to electric lamps.)

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You still had to pull yourself across the bayou with a hand pulled ferry.

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There was church on Sunday, work, family and music. Fish in the bayou and herbs in the garden. The park tells its story and we enjoyed it very much.

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In the church, a docent was making rosaries from “natural beads.”  Joabs tears. The seeds are picked green, they already have a hole to string them. They need no coloring or preservative.

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The finished product.

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There is a good French restaurant on the grounds and before going to the jam, I enjoyed a last bowl of gumbo before heading for home.

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These two young boys and other older players were learning from the greats. It was fantastic, but we’ve had signal problems on and off all morning. We drive to Baton Rouge today, so I’ll finish blogging the jam tomorrow. I got some good video as well.

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CHANGING GEARS AGAIN.

Arriving in Yuma yesterday was exciting because it’s  the start of a new adventure. We spent a lazy kind of morning, reading and staying warm. The desert gets cold at night and nips in the early morning. The time change was only an hour but I’m disoriented in my second kitchen and it takes a day to change gears.

In the afternoon, it was shorts and T-shirt weather. Jim moved the bikes down, put air in the tires, oiled the chains and painted out the name of my “new” bike. It belonged to my son-in-law and I couldn’t wait to ride it. I did six laps of the park and remembered I shouldn’t over-do things, as is my habit. Decided to cut it short and ride a bit farther each day.

It was like an old friend. I also reminded myself it was in Yuma where  my bike was stolen in 2011.  We affixed a brand new kryptonite lock and cable on it as well.

After dinner we set out for a  walk just in time to see the sun setting behind a  bush.

As we walked the park,  the colors deepen and become more luscious.

We turned a corner. The power poles could not diminish the beauty though I wished they were not there.

I’m back to using a Cannon which I think has truer colors than the Sonys we purchased. So part of this picture scene is a curiosity to see the difference between Jim’s colors and mine. But, HE is the better photographer and takes more time with his shots.

Even with the sun setting, turning East, Pilot Knob was distinctive in the Eastern sky.

We chuckled at the campers boondocking on BLM land just across the fence from the park.  They are parking free while inside the fence it costs $40 a night. Normally we would be boondocking but we got a special deal- free! The fence seems confining in the wide open spaces of the desert.

Near the pool was a lone palm tree saying goodnight to the sun and…

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A candy striped sky just as the sun dipped below the horizon.

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