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Time To Head In A Southerly Direction…

The motorhome is now parked at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort along the bank of the Skykomish River in Monroe, Washington. I’ve been here a number of times over the past years and always enjoy it here. I’ll depart here later this morning.

I’m just hanging out taking maximum advantage of my Thousand Trails membership and very agreeable weather.

Mary’s personal to-do list plate, which can only be handled by herself, continues to over-flow. I’ll next likely see her when I arrive at her home in mid-October. A friend recently expressed a concern about the status of our relationship. Not to worry…it continues to function per our original agreement when we met in October, 2008. That is…I remain on the road and she will join me when her other life allows. We talk every day on the phone…sometimes more than once. It’s just the way life is!

Time to head in a southerly direction…
As the last week of September arrives…it’s time for me to go. This departure marks the end of a delightful, peaceful and relaxing summer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. So, this morning I’ll point the motorhome south to begin my slow transition to southern California and Arizona where I will once again hide from the cold winter’s temperatures. My currently scheduled reservation for Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in California is December 2nd.

As I’ve said a number of times in the past…it’s a lousy job, but someone’s got to do it!  🙂

The below photos are of the last day here at Thousand Trails RV Resort along the Skykomish River…

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…

 

A foggy morning looking upriver…

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Looking downriver…

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A beautiful evening looking downriver…

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I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 

Yesterday was a mostly sunny and 63 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 69 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

 

 

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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/

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All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2015

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Heron Lake State Park, New Mexico – Day 66

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico.

I’ve been here for several weeks now and have photographed everything worth seeing within a 30 mile radius. I’m still not feeling that well that I care to drive lots of miles in search of photographs. The doctors told rest should be my #1 function.

Lake Heron has an amazing number of widely varied sunrises, sunsets and cloud formations. I’ve got some really neat photos to share. I’ve already taken them and will portion them out over the next couple of weeks.

I decided to shoot the last full moon of the summer which set about 45 minutes ago. I needed to do it now as the next moon set will occur at about 6:30 AM which will be too much daylight. I set my tripod on the dinette table. The last seven photos were shot at the full zoom capacity of 60x or equivalent of a 1500 mm lens. When shooting at this zoom the camera is using both optical and digital zoom features and some of the sharpness is lost. Still pretty remarkable pics for a one lens, point and shoot camera…

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…

Enjoying beautiful full moons is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

I am recovering from my May 27th accident. To read about my recovery status, click this link… https://otrwjam.wordpress.com/recovery-status-page/

While I’m recovering, Mary remains at her home in California tending to doctor’s appointments, her rentals and other miscellaneous business.

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
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Summer Time And the Living Is Easy…

Yesterday was one of those absolutely perfect Pacific Northwest days…69 degrees, a gentle breeze, sunny with a few stray clouds. The weather just does not get any better than that…in my humble opinion.

If you are a regular follower of my Blog…you know I have not watched or listened to any kind of news for 13+ years. My life is so simply structured..there’s no need to put all that garbage in my head. My feelings are…that if anything is that important…I’ll hear people talking about it…and then figure out what to do about it…which is usually nothing.

In the last couple of days…I’ve heard people talking about the excessive heat currently back East. I can’t do anything about it…other than to be thankful…one more time…I am a full-time RVer…and that I’m currently here and not there.

Mary and I spent the Summer in New England last year visiting my family, relatives and friends. We were told it was the hottest Summer in New England in over 100 years. You do not have to tell me about the heat and humidity of the Summers in the East. I know all about them..it was one of the primary reasons I moved from the Northeast to California in 1979! For many years now…I’ve been telling people…if I did not have family back in New England…I would never again go East of the Rocky Mountains…ever!

As so on this perfect day yesterday…I found myself in one of my favorite places…Thousand Trails Leisure Time Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington…in my favorite spot in this campground along the banks of the Skykomish River.

As you can see..the campground is in three sections. In my section…there are 22 sites out of the total 95. Here’s a street view of my section…you can see my Bronco and the motorhome as the first RV on the right. Directly behind the motorhome is the beautiful Skykomish River.

Here’s a little history of this campground. I first came here in 1980… when then…it was called simply Thunderbird Campground. At that time it was a really run-down place…but I stayed here because I wanted to visit a life-long friend who lives only a couple of miles from here. In 1984 Leisure Time Resorts bought the place and turned it into a beautiful RV Resort. In 2000…Thousand Trails bought Leisure Time Resorts.

And so…back to my perfect Northwest weather day and where the living is easy. The only thing missing is my life-partner Mary who is still back in California…in 90+ degree weather…tending to home/rentals/personal business. I’m hoping to get her back within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime…I’ll just sit here…and enjoy!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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Thousand Trails RV Resort, La Connor, Washington

Two days ago I arrived at this beautiful campground.

The park was probably built during the 1970’s and is located on land leased from the Swinomish Indian Tribe for 99 years. This area of Washington has always been one of my very favorite locations in all of the United States. The scenery is absolutely beautiful, the air is fresh and clean, it seldom gets too hot or cold, there are virtually no bugs or mosquitos and the people are very friendly. In 2001 and 2002 I worked here for the summer selling park memberships. I’ve been coming here for years and know the area very well. It’s my very favorite place to go to during the Summer…that’s why I keep returning.

Here’s a Google Earth view of the campground which is located on one-half mile of Puget Sound waterfront…

The approach to the park on Reservation Road is very pretty driving through a tunnel of trees…

Approaching the ranger station…

I ended up in one of my favorite sites tucked in among the trees near the water on a small loop road…

It took a bit of maneuvering to get the wide-body motorhome between the trees…

Here’s the view from the passenger side of the motorhome…

Looking to the left behind the trees is the family center from where I’m able to receive the Thousand Trails Wi-Fi Internet signal and save on my Verizon Air Card usage…

To the right are shuffleboard, horseshoe and volleyball courts and Puget Sound…

Here you can just see the motorhome in the trees from across the grass of the family center…

A little closer view…

I even have a little companion…a baby bunny rabbit. Here’s (s)he’s about 25 feet away. I took this shot through the motorhome kitchen window on a tripod at full-zoom of my camera…

In forthcoming Blog entries, I’ll show you lots more photos of this beautiful place.

To read all about this 319 camp-site, 111 acre park which Thousand Trails calls a Preserve, click this link…
https://www.thousandtrails.com/getaways/washington/laconner.asp

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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The Weather Wimp Says It Was One Degree Too Hot…

Yesterday was the first day of Summer and here at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington it was 76 degrees and sunny. Here was the view the looking west down the Skykomish River from my campsite about 8:30 PM last evening…

Meanwhile where Mary is, in Las Vegas, Nevada, for her grandson’s high school graduation, it was 100 degrees, supposed to be 105 today and 108 tomorrow on her day of departure! In Mary’s hometown in Central California yesterday it was 91 degrees.

If you are a regular follower of my Blog you know that my life-partner Mary calls me the weather wimp because if the temperature gets below 65 degrees or over 75 degrees…the weather wimp (that’s me) starts to complain.

Anyways, with yesterday’s temperatures described above, you now know why I’m in Washington for the Summer instead of those other places. As I’ve said before about the full-time RVing lifestyle…it’s a lousy job but somebody’s got to do it!  🙂

In other news…

Yesterday my friend and mechanic Mike put in another two hours on my Ford Bronco II preventative maintenance/repairs. Two more hours are scheduled for today which should complete the job.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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