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I Visit Wayne The Vampire!…

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,500+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 155 miles from Yuma, Arizona to Palm Desert, California.

 

Along the way, I stopped at Slab City for a brief parts replacement. I’ve blogged Slab City many times. To read about this very unique place, simply put Slab City in your Internet search box and you will get a bunch of items to see.

 

I stopped to see a good RV mechanic who has been wintering in Slab City for 35 years. Wayne the Vampire is 72 years old, but as he says,  “Time is unimportant to a Vampire!”  🙂

 

 

 

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…

 

 

 

 

 

Despite his looks, he’s really good at what he does. My black water (toilet) waste valve was giving me problems. Every time I took the cap off, I’d get a couple of cups worth of liquid goo. Not good! Slab City was the right place to get the job done for a reasonable price of $40. As long as I was dissembling the waste discharge unit, I replaced the gray water valve as well. Since my accident in 2012, I no longer crawl under vehicles. Hence, Wayne the Vampire…

 

 

 

 

These are the parts and where they go…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I came across this video featuring Wayne the Vampire  🙂 …

 

I did not know he is a famous movie star!  🙂

 

 

 

 

I’m now parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort…about 20 miles east of Palm Springs.

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And the usual dinette window photo…

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I’m scheduled to depart here March 15th.

 

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos and video.

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 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 -2018

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Slab City To Winterhaven, California

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 90 miles from Slab City to Winterhaven, California. I’m parked at the Paradise Casino. Less than 1/2 mile away is the Colorado River and on the other side is Yuma, Arizona. I’m expecting Mary to rejoin me here in later January.

In the-day-before yesterday’s Blog I discussed my trip from Palm Desert to Slab City, California. After a delightfully quiet night at the Slabs…I started my day with a nice sunrise…

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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A lot of folks at the Slabs get very territorial about their sites…like they had a deed to the property…

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This guy has spent a lot of money on a fancy paint job to tell how he feels about the outside world…

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There is even a church for those so inclined…

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As you leave the Slabs a sign on the back of the last deserted sentry booth warns about the dangers ahead…

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Niland was quite a place in the early 1900’s. You can read about it by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niland,_California

This deserted building was once the Bank Of America…

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Imperial County, California is a major produce producer…

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Heading east on Interstate Highway 8 about 15 miles west of Yuma, Arizona you cross the six-mile wide Algodones Sand Dunes which you can read about by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algodones_Dunes

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The dark line at the base of the right tower is the border fence between the United States and Mexico…

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Approaching Yuma, Pilot Knob on the right is a visible landmark which you can read about by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilot_Knob_%28Imperial_County,_California%29

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Here’s my parking spot at the Paradise Casino where parking is free for as long as you care to stay. I’m expecting to be here until late January hiding out from the cold weather. Yuma is the sunniest place on Earth. I have a number of friends in the area…

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Here’s usual dinette window photo…

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Here are yesterday’s sunset photos…

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 72 degrees.  Forecast for today is sunny with and 76 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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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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A Missing Friend…

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 95 miles from Winterhaven to Slab City, California. We’ll move on later this morning.

Yesterday was a sunny day at 65 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 66 degrees.

I’ve been to this very unique place many times. Mary has been here once before, really liked it and wanted to return. For me it’s a convenient mid-place stopping point between Yuma, Arizona and Palm Desert, California where we plan to arrive tomorrow. In addition, I stop here to see my friend Leo Perth who usually spends the Winter here. I last visited here for one day on December 19, 2013. To read about that visit, click this link… http://wp.me/pDCku-9I6

During my last visit here, I told Leo Mary and I would stop to see him during the first week in February and he said okay. But when we arrived yesterday afternoon, Leo wasn’t here, so we parked in his spot. The regulars here will put up an occupied sign to save “their” spot from year to 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 have two phone numbers for Leo which I called yesterday and as of this time haven’t heard from him yet. Hopefully I’ll here from him today and all is okay with him.

While not the most spectacular I’ve ever seen, yesterday’s sunset was pretty…

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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…

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

2

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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Winterhaven, California

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 90 miles from Slab City to Winterhaven, California. I’m parked next to my friend Randy at the Paradise Casino about 1/4 mile from the Colorado River directly across from Yuma, Arizona.

Thanks to diffused jet contrails I was treated to an unusual desert pre-sunrise yesterday morning…

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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At 6:30 AM my friend 81-year-old Leo Perth and his 3-year-old Doberman Deja’ headed out for a brisk one hour desert walk…

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Deja’ tries to find the desert owls that live in holes in the sandy desert…

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A few minutes later the sun broke the horizon…

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I arrived at the Paradise Casino about 2:00 PM…

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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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Later this morning I’ll cross the Colorado River into Yuma, Arizona.

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 69 degrees.  Forecast for today is mostly cloudy with morning showers and 67 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 2013

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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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