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Palm Desert, California To Yuma, Arizona

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have almost 4,000 postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 151 miles from Palm Desert, California to Yuma, Arizona.

Most of the first one-half of the trip was on California Highway 111 along the eastern shore of the Salton Sea and directly atop the San Andreas Fault.

When I made this trip last year I remarked at the low-level of the Salton Sea after several years of drought here in the southwest. In the last couple of months the area has finally started getting some rain and I believe the Salton Sea level this year appears higher 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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The drive to Yuma is in a southeasterly direction meaning most of the time you are driving right into the sun…

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The Chocolate Mountains on the left of the highway…

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I enjoy this drive because there is very little traffic for about 30 miles along the shore of the Salton Sea…

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When you get within about 75 miles of Mexico you start to see Border Patrol checkpoints. This first one stops vehicles heading north only…

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Later on California Highway 115, I had to stop briefly because about 1,000  sheep were threatening to cross the highway…

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Arriving in Yuma, I proceeded to Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park where I had a first-time ever experience. My site had been gravelled over and the management had to hunt for my sewer connection. They expect to find it today…

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My site has a concrete patio. Nice to be away from all the dust at Palm Desert. It was a beautiful sunny 75 degree day…

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The usual dinette window photo…

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Standing in front of my site looking left (north). The park has a number of older, but well-kept mobile homes that people either own or rent in the 55+ park…

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Looking right (south), I’m far enough away from 3rd street that I cannot hear the traffic. It was really quiet here last night…

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I have a couple of friends staying here. Soon I’ll take more photos of the park. I’m booked in for one month and most likely will stay a second.

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 75 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 71 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 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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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 -2015

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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…
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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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A DESERT OVERLOOK.

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Jim drove us to a canyon overlook with miles and miles of desert at a place he holds dear. He spent time here with the WINS, a singles group that would gather the wagons, so to speak, and light a huge bonfire and enjoy the beautiful skies, the peace the quiet and serenity that you find in special places.

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He and others from the group would 4-wheel among the hillocks on the shallow canyon floor and to me it is just a desecration of nature. I don’t appreciate the tracks or dust of such a sport, so while he looked fondly, I walked the canyon rim looking for pretty rocks and taking pictures.

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What is nice about places like this, right off the California highway S 22, is there are multiple spots anyone can pull over to enjoy the views. Each canyon will be different. The Salton Sea is visible in the background, but barely since it was slightly hazy on this day.

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The light doesn’t do its magic as the sun moves across the crags and fissures as it does in the Grand Canyon, but these small, canyons have an appeal of their own. It surprised me that we didn’t see a lizard, a bird or anything alive. I’m sure they exist, but not to any excess.

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Had we had time, I think hiking the canyons would be interesting. The pictures are better in a full screen slide-show. I took 39 of them, if you’d like to see them.
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I like that our lifestyle allows us to seek out places like this and enjoy  dinner with a view. As night clamped down, the haze prevented any stars from showing. I got up twice during the night to see if it cleared, but only a sliver of a moon peeked through a gray haze.

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Before light the next morning, some bright stars were out along with a heavy wind. I set my camera for night scene, but it just isn’t good enough to capture a star.

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The Overlook…

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 65 miles from Slab City to The Overlook about 8 miles west of Salton City, California. We’ll move on later this morning.

In yesterday’s blog entry, I noted that my friend Leo was missing from where I expected to find him. Later yesterday morning I talked to him on the phone and he is okay. He decided to leave early to return to his home in Salem, Oregon.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 66 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 67 degrees.

The below Google Earth image identifies our relative locations near the Salton Sea in southeastern California. We spent Monday night at Slab City indicated by the S. Last night at The Overlook indicated by the O. Tonight we will be at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Palm Desert indicated by the X…

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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You can read all about the Salton Sea by clicking this link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_sea

From Salton City on the western shore of the Salton Sea you head west on State Route S22 for about 8 miles…

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I’ve camped at The Overlook a number of times. It’s been about 7 years since I’ve been here. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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Finally the usual dinette window photo…

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With our increased elevation I was able to get some photos on the morning sunrise…

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The Overlook is a neat place. Besides the beautiful scenery, the quietness is almost deafening and the night-time sky is spectacular.

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

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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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.

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 17 years coming down this way…

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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Just before arriving at Slab City you pass a very unique site…Salvation Mountain…

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A short distance later you officially cross into Slab City…

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I visited a couple of friends here. I parked the motorhome next to my friend Leo who arrives here at the beginning of October and departs the beginning of March…

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As always, I like to show a photo of the random view out of the dinette window…

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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.

I’ll continue my journey to Yuma, Arizona later this morning.

Yesterday was a mostly cloudy day at 76 degrees.  Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with and 62 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…

USA1NI

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

3E23M33J85Gb5Fc5M2cc4ab5610239cb71a2b

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 2013

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