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We left Lake Minden north of Sacramento yesterday and arrived in Murphys at about 1:30. I walked the lake the night before without my camera and missed some great shots of two big catfish surfacing, mouths open, holding above water long enough for a photo. Dang. I should always carry my camera, I know that. So, I told Jim, we had to walk the lake again before we left in the early morning-with camera. Reflections on a “glass” surface.

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Clear and beautiful.

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The fish were feeding, and jumping and biting, but just try to get a photo.

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A fish would surface, grab an insect and be under before you could snap the photo. I have multiple pictures of gray shadows in the water.

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It is a pretty place, and peaceful here. Jim gets exhausted driving with one eye impaired. He has to concentrate so hard that we move very slowly. So, it was a lovely last night on the road.

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I got home to my usual pounds of mail and then made the mistake of looking at the news.  What mediocrity we call news. Everyone is incriminating Obama because he saluted the flag with a cup of coffee in his hand. There are life and death issues to deal with and the news focuses on a cup of coffee?

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Did the “newspapers” ever make a fuss about Bush saluting with his dog?  What crap passes for news. I used to give Jim a bad time about getting rid of his news feeds. I don’t any more. It is mostly garbage and good luck trying to tell the truth from the lies. Lies have become standard and accepted. Money to both parties is like a river, while very little work gets done by the people we elect TO SERVE US. What shame that we have entrusted our fate to legislators that  govern from where their largest donations come from. Corporate interests.









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Oakland, New Jersey – Day 2

We are still parked in a beautiful park-like setting at Elks Club #2167. Yesterday I took a walk along the Ramapo River at 5:30 AM to capture some of my favorite photographic subjects…shapes…reflections and shadows…

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 spent most of another blistering hot day reading. Today is forecast for only 85 degrees…where’s my long underwear?…

Mary flies out of Newark Airport on Wednesday to return home to California for about a six-week stay and I’ll depart Thursday morning heading for my son’s home in Connecticut. Mary has a tentative return-to-me date of July 16th.

Enjoying beautiful fraternal club grounds is another joy of the full-timing lifestyle!

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


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


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.

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
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Cherokee Landing is the name of the park we’re camped in near Saulsbury, Tennessee. It is green and beautiful in this part of the country as we follow the lush area along the banks of the Tennessee River.

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The Park has a small lake we visited on a mid-morning stroll. Placid and pretty.

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We inadvertently frightened  geese feeding on a shaded bank of the lake.

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Which then gave us the added pleasure of watching them swim toward the opposite bank.

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They made fast for an area with a nesting box, though we have seen no goslings-yet!

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The lake so still it made a perfect mirror.

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After dinner, we took a second stroll by the lake. The drake above set apart from the flock, perhaps ostracized because he has a dead foot. He must have been injured some time ago. A determined survivor.DSC05029 (Copy)

The evening shadows long and milky.

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A welcome wildflower patch that looks to be related to violets.

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A pine bow, ripe with pollinating catkins. Soon cones will grow. My intention is to rest and slow the pace and heal while I’m here so I can again regain strength enough to keep up with Jim. (It is tough to limit oneself when I’m used to doing anything I want.) But, life is good.

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I know yesterday was Valentines Day, but it doesn’t seem to resonate when you are parked next to a swamp.IMG_9223 (Copy)

On the 13th, we did some cleaning, and packing stuff away. Our bedroom windows were hung with beads from Mardi Gras 2010, New Orleans. Some of them had become faded and the curtains needed washing.

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So, we said our last goodbye to Mardi Gras by taking most of the old beads to the park laundry  for anyone to take if they like. That is a common practice in parks we live in. The new beads aren’t as colorful as those we had, but, we had way too many, anyway.

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Jim worked on a leak in the Bronco’s sun window and we got ready to leave. Late in the afternoon, we went for  swamp walk. The late sun makes shadows on the swamp weeds.

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It is so beautiful in this swamp, with reflections in the water.

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Everywhere you aim, is beauty. You can’t take a bad picture here.

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Of course, lurking under all this beauty are alligators. We talked to a woman who saw four of them.  Her family is camped right next to the swamp.

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I was quite content to spot turtles balancing on a half sunken log. These were a long distance away.DSC02813 (Copy)

Look at the size of his powerful hind feet.

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An uncrossable bridge if you don’t want wet shoes. We went around to the other side where it was just as wet.

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A tree with knobby growths covering it. DSC02822 (Copy)

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These small metal boats are used by the rangers. We saw a fisherman on the river using this type of boat for fishing, as well. He said he likes to fish, but only uses barb less hooks and releases everything he catches.

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More turtles. A bit closer to the camera.Stretching to catch those last rays.DSC02841 (Copy)

It’s cold,and we’ve had more cold and foggy days than sunny ones.

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Jim spotted something moving in the water. We watched this turtle munching weeds just popping up and down in the water.

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I spotted a snake. He is so fat, I thought at first it was a piece of rubber someone had thrown in the swamp. But the lens proved it to be a big black snake.

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I didn’t have my glasses on, but I showed the picture to the local fisherman we talked to and he said it is a water moccasin. A very poisonous snake.

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I know I’m going overboard here on the turtles, but they are so darned cute. A little turtle confab on a log. The one has green moss growing on his shell. Sitting in the sun with their reflections in the water. Nice.

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