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Olympia, Washington – Day 1

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 85 miles from Monroe to Olympia, Washington. I’ll depart here tomorrow.

I’m expecting to arrive at Mary’s home in central California, October 15th. While there, I’ll do minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Part of yesterday’s drive going around Seattle was on Interstate Highway 405 where at 9:45 AM, was stop and go traffic…

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 had intended to park in the parking lot of VFW Post #318 which ended up being quite small. Podiatrist Dr. Donald G. Hovancsek kindly allowed me to park for two nights in his large parking lot across the street from the VFW…
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The usual dinette window photo…
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I enjoyed a nice beer and pizza lunch with my ex-neighbor Ted Price. I lived here in Olympia from 1980-95 until I headed out on my full-time RVing life. Ted and his wife Judy were the best neighbor’s anyone could ask for…
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After lunch, I went to Goodwill store searching for used books and movies. On the way back to the motorhome, I stumbled across something I’ve not seen before…a Goodwill Outlet Store…
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Everything here is just thrown into large bins, not very convenient for finding anything…but one-half price from a regular Goodwill store…
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Then an enjoyable happy-hour visit with the friendly folks at VFW Post #318. Today I visit with some more old friends.

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

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

 

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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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Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort – Manteca, California

Mary is traveling with her 14-year-old grandson on a trip to Turkey. I expect her to catch up with me sometime in mid-May somewhere in Oregon.

Yesterday I drove the motorhome 65 miles to Thousand Trails Turtle Beach RV Resort along the San Joaquin River at Manteca, California. Along the way I stopped for gas at Costco for $3.99.9 per gallon. Wow! At that price it means at eight miles to the gallon, it cost $.50 a mile!

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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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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In other news…

Last September during my eye exam at the Seattle, Washington VA Hospital I was told I have a large cataract in my right eye that should be attended to in the next year.

On March 24th, we drove the Bronco 104 miles (one way) to the VA Medical Center at Livermore, California for my new eye exam which confirmed my cataract in my right eye. I was told I’m a candidate for surgery. I was told I would receive a telephone call within 30 days. I’ve been waiting for  that phone call to establish an appointment for a consultation with an eye surgeon. Last Thursday, I finally made a telephone connection to create an appointment. That appointment is at 1:30 PM today.

During my eye exam I was told that the surgery would be performed at the large Palo Alto facility near San Francisco. Just like being in the military, I am now standing in line and waiting! 🙂 I’ll know more after my consultation with the eye surgeon today.

Yesterday was a cloudy/sunny day at 65 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny at 69 degrees.

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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Glasgow, Montana

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 97 miles from Culbertson to Glasgow, Montana.

We continued traveling along U.S.Highway 2 West.

With less than a mile behind us, we ran into a major road rebuilding of Highway 2 that ran about 10 miles…

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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This is a frequent sight along Highway 2 which for many miles runs along side of the railroad tracks of the Great Northern Railway that runs from Seattle, Washington to Chicago, Illinois. The tracks are just to the left of this grain storage facility…

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Arriving in Glasgow, we stopped at the Pioneer Museum. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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To see the other 19 photos that I took, click this Picasa Web Album link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/PioneerMuseumGlasgowMontana

Then up the road a short distance where we parked overnight at VFW Post #3107…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Yesterday was a lousy weather day. 81 degrees with high humidity, high winds and a couple of thunderstorms. Today’s forecast is for 96 degrees with a real feel of 100 degrees! YUCKKITTY! Tomorrow is forecast 94 degrees.

We’ll continue our westward travel later this morning.

Enjoying friendly VFW Posts 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 Montana. 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 have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2013
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Littlefield, Texas – Day 4

 Mary remains at home in California tending to medical issues.

The motorhome is still parked at the Waylon Jennings RV Park. I expect to leave here later this morning.

Other than Waylon Jennings being born and raised here, Littlefield, Texas has a couple of other uniquenesses…

You can read all about Waylon Jennings by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waylon_Jennings

You can read all about Littlefield, Texas by clicking this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlefield,_Texas

First is a unique street grid layout. Here’s the history of how it happened from a local website…

As an additional incentive to get the railroad to build a depot in his proposed ‘namesake’ town, George Littlefield agreed to the stipulation set by Santa Fe that all main streets in the town would be headed toward the depot itself. This was agreed to, even though the railroad was to run northwest from Lubbock. So, the three main streets of the town go to the northeast, while all other streets were laid out as streets normally run in other towns, which is east to west and to the north and south, resulting in the weird angles and intersections in the main area of town, that causes ‘out-of-towners’ to lose their sense of direction.

That’s a true statement. For a small town, Littlefield is a confusing place to drive around. All of the streets run north-south and east-west, with the exception on three streets that run northeast – southwest as shown by this Google Earth image. RRD indicates the railroad depot…

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…

Littlefield also boasts of having a replica of the World’s Tallest Windmill, which you can read about by clicking this link…
http://www.texasescapes.com/MikeCoxTexasTales/Wind-and-Water.htm

Here’s what the replica looks like today…

Finally, Littlefield has a cotton processing plant that claims to process enough denim to make 24,000,000 jeans a year. You can read all about this plant by clicking this link…
http://littlefieldtexas.net/index.php/doing-business/american-cotton-growers

In closing my visit to Littlefield, Texas, I offer these two final photos taken out of the kitchen window of the motorhome. Frist is of a full moon near a radio transmission tower. Waylon Jennings began performing on the local radio station when he was 12 years old. I wonder if his music at that tender age was transmitted by this tower???

Finally, a West Texas pre-sunrise as seen through a configuration of a power transformer station, power lines and tall poles holding lights for a number of ball-fields below…

I’ve enjoyed my visit to Littlefield, Texas, but now it’s time to move on down the road to Lubbock.

Enjoying the interesting places is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Taos, New Mexico – Day 10

The motorhome is currently parked at the Fraternal Order Of Eagles Airee #3489. My visit to Taos is now completed and I plan to depart today for a new destination.

For today’s Blog, I’ve got some odds and ends items for you…

One thing that pops ups early on searching the Internet about Taos is that portions of the 60’s movie Easy Rider were filmed here and the Director/Co-Star Dennis Hopper lived here for a number of years and, for a celebrity, was quite visible in the  community.

If you do not know who Dennis Hopper was, by clicking this Wikipedia informational link you’ll soon know a lot about him…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hopper

If you are not familiar with the movie Easy Rider, clicking this Wikipedia link will take care of that…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easy_Rider

Here are a couple of photos from Easy Rider…

First a close-up of Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda riding their motorcycles…

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…

Here they are riding though the Taos Pueblo on which I did a Blog entry two days ago…

The jail scenes from Easy Rider were filmed at the Old County Courthouse which today houses artists co-ops. I went there the other day and took this photo….

The jail cells used in the movie are now part of an art gallery…

In 1975 Dennis Hopper was arrested and put in this cell…

You can read about that incident by clicking this link…
http://www.absolutecelebrities.com/mugshot/dennis_hopper.html

Here’s a link about Dennis Hopper being made Honorary Mayor of Taos…
http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-254659

He was also a prolific photographer, painter and sculptor. He exhibited at the Harwood Museum of Art on which I did a Blog entry yesterday. Here’s a link describing that event…
http://harwoodmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/37

Dennis Hopper died in 2010. The service was held at San Francisco de Asis Church on which I did a Blog entry about one week ago. This link describes that event…
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1283918/Dennis-Hopper-laid-rest-Native-American-burial-memorial-service-attended-Jack-Nicholson-Val-Kilmer.html

If you’ve forgotten or have never seen the movie Easy Rider, you can view the entire film by clicking this link…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvLpJod8nt0

Dennis Hopper died when he was 73…and I’ll be 72 in December…Hmmmmm!

Moving on to another Taos celebrity…It’s reported Julia Roberts and her family live on a ranch about five miles north of town. Here’s a link about Julia…
http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/new-idea/news/star-watch/article/-/5989086/julias-little-gems/

A number of movies have been made in Taos. To view the list, click this link…
http://www.filmtaos.com/Movies.html

Taos is such an artsy town…they even decorate their trucks…

Taos is an interesting town. Other than a disappointing non-historic central plaza, I’ve enjoyed my visit here.

Enjoying unique towns is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

If you have not checked out my new Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…
http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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Heron Lake State Park. New Mexico – Day 31

The motorhome is still parked at Heron Lake State Park about 20 miles south of Chama, New Mexico while I am recovering from my May 27th accident.

My right ribcage area remains slightly swollen and tender to the touch. I’m pleased to report some progress…with the exceptions of a cough or a sneeze, the poppings, with the associated pains, in my chest have finally stopped! I remain taking Ibuprofen, icing my ribcage area 2-3 times a day and wearing an elastic bandage abound my chest. The doctors told me to expect 6-12 weeks for recovery. The accident occurred seven weeks and five days ago today. Can you tell I’m ready for the recovery to be finished?

Yesterday, 15 minutes before the sun popped over the horizon, I walked the short distance down to the lake shore for some early morning photography. In this early morning light I found some beautiful pastels…

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 the beautiful colors of nature is another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2012
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

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