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Central America Trip #65

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 La Conner, Washington. I’ll depart here  September 3rd.

 

 

 

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…Guatemala (north-bound) #4…

 

 

 

 

 

Once we departed potentially dangerous El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala, the “danger in the air” feeling left me. We proceeded to Guatemala City and as we did, passed the 8,000 mile of the trip. Most very large cities in Central America have a some potentially dangerous feeling. We spent only a couple of days there and then continued on through the very mountainous country to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of about 43,000. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanos, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans were not very friendly, which was very disappointing, in comparison with some of the other places we had been. We spent four days in Antigua.

 

We are still in Antigua where the RV’s are parked. Bob and I took a day trip in the Bronco to some of the outlying Indian villages. The last one, Santa Maria de Jesus, we gained about 1,000 feet in elevation, going up the side of Volcano Agua and were rewarded with a beautiful view of Antigua in the valley below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

At Santa Maria de Jesus…

 

 

This young girl street vendor was selling cheese…

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A local bus…

#687 (1)

 

 

We ate lunch at the home of this Guatemalan family. They had a tiny patio where they sold home-made meals to make a few bucks…

#688

 

 

Main Street…

#689

 

 

 

Bob chatting with a local…

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Looks like three generations…

#692

 

 

A typical Guatemalan woman…

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Bob chatting with a local lady…

#694

 

 

Soccer is played everywhere in Central America…

#695

 

 

These are really poor people. This church is literally falling apart…

#696

 

 

With no running water in the homes…locals get their water from a central well…

#697

 

 

On the way back to Antigua, I stopped to get this photo of Santa Maria de Jesus located on the side of Volcano Agua…

#690

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Central America Trip #63

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 La Conner, Washington. I’ll depart here  September 3rd.

 

 

 

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…Guatemala (north-bound) #2…

 

 

 

 

 

Once we departed potentially dangerous El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala, the “danger in the air” feeling left me. We proceeded to Guatemala City and as we did, passed the 8,000 mile of the trip. Most very large cities in Central America have a some potentially dangerous feeling. We spent only a couple of days there and then continued on through the very mountainous country to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of about 43,000. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanos, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans were not very friendly, which was very disappointing, in comparison with some of the other places we had been. We spent four days in Antigua…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

We are still in Antigua…

 

 

More ruins from the 1976 earthquake…

#655

 

 

A pleasant courtyard with paintings for sale…

#656

 

 

A common sight in Antigua…

#657

 

 

Another common site is very young women with children and no husband…

#658

 

 

When you are sleepy…take a nap wherever you are…

#659

 

 

More colorful trinkets…

#660

 

 

Still more…

#661

 

 

A local band…

#662

 

 

A shopkeeper’s son waits while mom works…

#663

 

 

Lots of colorful items…

#664

 

 

And colorful patterns…

#665

More Antigua soon…

 

 

 

 

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 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 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 #62

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’ll depart here  September 3rd.

 

 

 

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…Guatemala (north-bound) #1…

 

 

 

 

 

Once we departed potentially dangerous El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala, the “danger in the air” feeling left me. We proceeded to Guatemala City and as we did, passed the 8,000 mile of the trip. Most very large cities in Central America have a some potentially dangerous feeling. We spent only a couple of days there and then continued on through the very mountainous country to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of about 43,000. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanos, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans were not very friendly, which was very disappointing, in comparison with some of the other places we had been. We spent four days in Antigua…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#645A (1)

 

 

It was originally founded in 1543 and was the capital city until it was devastated by an earthquake in 1733…

#646

 

 

One of the four volcanos surrounding the city is visible in the background…

#647

 

 

The Guatemalans are very physically small people. This gal is 21 years old and only about 4.5 feet tall, weighed about 75 pounds and is a mother…

#648

 

 

We spent several hours at a very large Saturday market…

#649

 

 

Where all kinds of items were to be found….

#650

 

 

All very colorful…

#651

 

 

This gal had a small fire going in her booth. It would never happen in the United States…

#652

 

 

This is a kite about 10 feet in diameter…

#653

 

 

A typical Guatemalan woman street vendor…

#654

More Antigua soon…

 

 

 

 

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 sunny and 74 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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Bow To La Conner, Washington

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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Yesterday I drove the motorhome 22 miles from Bow to La Connor, Washington.

 

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort. I’ll depart here September 3rd. I’ve been here a number of times in past years.

 

The below Google Earth images show the relative locations. The upper right is Bow and lower left is La Conner. Many Thousand Trails members spend the entire summer in this area by playing the La Conner-to-Bow-to La Conner shuffle. This will be my last visit to La Conner this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

I hope you will enjoy the future blog postings.

Forecast for today is sunny and 75 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 #61

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…El Salvador (north-bound) #1…

 

 

 

 

 

El Salvador was the most unusual country of our entire trip. According to our guidebook…”in consideration to its neighbors (meaning the other Central America countries), El Salvador has little to offer and is the most dangerous country in Central America.”

 

During our several days in the smallest  and most densely populated Central America country, I constantly felt “danger in the air”.  The locals were reluctant to talk to us. In the other countries, a big smile and an enthusiastic “Hola!” (Hello!), won us instant friendship…not in El Salvador. The locals were very reserved and usually just stared at us. It must be remembered these folks had never seen  a motorhome or a “gringo” in their village. The country was engaged in Civil War from 1979 to 1992.

 

Our guidebook indicated and we had been told that “San Salvador (the capital), was probably the most dangerous city in Central America.”

 

 

The following comes directly from my book…

“The roads continue to be great. It is so interesting to note, that the countries that are supposedly “poor” have great roads, and the supposedly “well-to-do” countries have terrible roads. While driving to the capital city of San Salvador, population about 800,000 (2,300,000 including the outlying suburbs), I had a most terrifying experience! My heart stopped beating for a full five seconds! I was in the lead on a very busy, two-lane, winding, up and down street at 35 mph. When, there it was, directly in front of me! An OPEN man-hole to the sewer system! The cover was missing! Had I hit it with either the motorhome or the towed Bronco, it would had taken out the entire front end of the vehicle! The locals must know about it, and just drive around it. But, it sure surprised me! I somehow managed to put it in-between my two front wheels, and not drive into it. I still do not know how I missed it, (instinct?), but I did! Whew!”

 

And…

 

“We are parked in a PriceMart parking lot. Bob and Bud did some shopping, while I had 15 rolls of film developed for $108. Because the city is so large, we hired a taxi to help us find a place to drop off our laundry. Then we had him take us to a nice bar district. We had a pleasant happy two hours and a meal. We decided to walk the eight blocks back to where we are parked. Along the way we had numerous people approach us and ask us for money. I got the feeling that this is not the place to be walking around after dark, because instead of asking, they would be demanding! We beat feet to get back before it got real dark!”

 

And…

 

“We are at about the 2,000 foot elevation and it’s still hot. The afternoon temperature was 98 degrees in the shade!”

 

And…

 

“At PriceMart during the day, they have four security guys wearing pistols, constantly riding around the parking lot on bicycles, two guys at the entrances and exits, with pistols and 12 gauge shotguns, and a guy in a 30 foot high elevated watch tower in the center of the parking lot, with a pistol and a shotgun! At about 7 PM, the guy in charge of night-time security insisted we move our rigs close together and adjacent to the building for the night. We were “surrounded” by about ten security guards with pistols and shotguns while we slept! Quite the cultural experience!”

 

The below three photos are the only photos I have of El Salvador as I was quite uncomfortable walking around with a camera in my hand…

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

#642A (1)

 

 

#643

 

 

#644

 

 

#645

 

 

Here’s an image that shows El Salvador’s location…

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

 

 

Next Guatemala…

 

 

 

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 74 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 #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

——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-

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?…

#631

 

 

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…

#632

 

 

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…

#633

 

 

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

 

 

 

 

 

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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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