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MOVING EVERYDAY.

Jim drove a long stretch that brought us to Springfield, Oregon. The weather was beautiful, and warm.  We set up in a barren Moose Club parking lot. After lunch, Jim took a long nap after partying with the Eagles the previous night until 9:00. We’re boring after 7:00 p.m. Didn’t do anything but read and I finished a really gripping book, Stones From The River, by Ursula Heigi.

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I was rummaging through some pictures this morning and remembered seeing this spinner. It is a triple. Up close it is just a flat burgundy color but when all three parts flash in the wind, it becomes a thing of beauty.

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They are kind of magical the way they reveal hidden colors and constantly move. I have no real needs in my life other than enough to eat and a steady supply of books, but if I ran into one of these, I’d buy it. It is called the Hummingbird.

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The middle section spins a single…

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…to a double heart, over and over again.  The bottom heart has hearts.

Kind of silly, but I stared at it and took pictures until I caught the movement at its best display.

The camper told me he bought a motor for it so it spins constantly. He too is mesmerized by the spinner. He bought it from a guy in the park who made them. The guy  has since moved on. Dang.

I’m cooking Mexican rice tonight, it is an earthy food, simmering in the pot. It sustains whole countries as their basic food. So here then look at rice through the eyes of poet Mary Oliver:

I don’t want you just to sit at the table.

I don’t want you just to eat, and be content.

I want you to walk into the fields where the water is shining, and the rice has risen.

I want you to stand far from the white tablecloth.

I want you to fill your hands with mud like a blessing.

 

We move to Rogue River State Park today as we push relentlessly for home.

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Lake Arthur, Louisiana – Day 2

The motorhome is parked at American Legion Post #403 in Lake Arthur, Louisiana.

We had planned to depart today…but the weather forecast is terrible…severe thunderstorms with large hail and significant risk of tornadoes.  Since we are safe here we’ve decided to stay. Then the locals keep on inviting us to see activities here, so I expect we’ll be here another two-three days.

Yesterday we drove the Bronco the about 15 miles southeast to the small town of Gueydan which claims the motto…Duck Capital of America. You can read about Gueydan by clicking this Wikipedia link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gueydan,_Louisiana

First stop was at the museum…

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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Next to the Ellis Stansel Rice Mill. To help you understand how rice and crawfish grow in the same fields at the same time, you can read this New York Times link…
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/06/us/in-louisiana-farmers-use-rice-fields-as-crayfish-ponds.html

The mud buggy used to work the fields…

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The orange top devices are the crawfish traps…

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This company bought the daily production of about 1,000 pounds…

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The final rice product…

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The local brochure tells us to head south on Highway 91 to see waterfowl. Here’s a link about the birds…
http://www.gueydan.org/About_Waterfow.html

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Another enjoyable day in Louisiana!

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

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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Crowley, Louisiana…where the living is rice and easy…

Jim Says: Well, that’s the slogan the city has adopted for itself.

The hub of the city is the old Crowley Motor Company building. It has undergone a major restoration and now houses an active city hall and a Rice interpretative center on the first floor. On the mezzanine is a museum about the history of Crowley and on the third floor is a Ford Automobile Dealership Museum and a recording studio museum.

Charlotte Jeffers, the Tourist Coordinator, told us everything a person could ever want to know about the city. The Mayor, Greg Jones, even stopped by and chatted with us for a few minutes.

Here’s a photo of the Crowley Motor Company building…

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Here’s the official city website link…
http://crowley-la.com/ATTRACTIONS/ATcityhall1.html

Here’s a Preserve America link about Crowley…
http://www.preserveamerica.gov/11-23-07PAcommunity-crowleyLA.html

Yesterday I explained about how Rice and Crawfish are harvested from the same field. Here’s a close-up photo of a Crawfish trap…

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Here’s a Wikipedia informational link about Crawfish…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crayfish

When the building was a Ford Dealership, the vehicles had the fenders and wheels removed and stood on end in a railroad car. That way they could put several cars instead of only two to a railroad car. When they arrived in town, the dealer would re-install the fenders and wheels prior to putting them on the showroom floor.
Here’s a 1923 Ford Model T…

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Here’s an informational link about the 1923 Ford Model T…
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1923-1927-ford-model-t1.htm

Finally, this building also served as a recording studio for J.D. Miller, who wrote more than 400 songs. His first big hit was recorded in this studio. Kitty Wells recorded his “It wasn’t God who made honky-tonk angels” which sold over 1,000,000 copies, the first ever by a female recording artist. Many other famous music artists of the time also recorded here.

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To see the other 28 photos I took, click this link…
http://picasaweb.google.com/jimjrver/CrowleyLA030810#

They sure know how to make folks feel welcome here in Crowley!

Later in the day we moved on a few miles east to Duson, Louisiana where we are safely parked at a VFW which we will use as our base camp while we explore Lafayette, Louisiana over the next couple of days.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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