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Central America Trip #65

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

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  :)

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Guatemala (north-bound) #4…

Once we departed potentially dangerous El Salvador and crossed into Guatemala, the “danger in the air” feeling left me. We proceeded to Guatemala City and as we did, passed the 8,000 mile of the trip. Most very large cities in Central America have a some potentially dangerous feeling. We spent only a couple of days there and then continued on through the very mountainous country to what is called the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, Antigua, with a population of about 43,000. It is set in a valley at about 4,900 feet and surrounded by four volcanos, one over 10,000 feet and the other three at over 12,000 feet. It is a most spectacular and delightful setting. Unlike other places where we have been the only tourists, this is very much a tourist city, with many tourists from Europe, who were not at all friendly. When you say hello to them, they do not even acknowledge your presence. Consequently, the local Guatemalans were not very friendly, which was very disappointing, in comparison with some of the other places we had been. We spent four days in Antigua.

 

We are still in Antigua where the RV’s are parked. Bob and I took a day trip in the Bronco to some of the outlying Indian villages. The last one, Santa Maria de Jesus, we gained about 1,000 feet in elevation, going up the side of Volcano Agua and were rewarded with a beautiful view of Antigua in the valley below.

 

 

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…

 

At Santa Maria de Jesus…

 

 

This young girl street vendor was selling cheese…

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A local bus…

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We ate lunch at the home of this Guatemalan family. They had a tiny patio where they sold home-made meals to make a few bucks…

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Main Street…

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Bob chatting with a local…

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Looks like three generations…

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A typical Guatemalan woman…

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Bob chatting with a local lady…

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Soccer is played everywhere in Central America…

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These are really poor people. This church is literally falling apart…

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With no running water in the homes…locals get their water from a central well…

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On the way back to Antigua, I stopped to get this photo of Santa Maria de Jesus located on the side of Volcano Agua…

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Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly cloudy and 60 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 61 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 Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapYUMA

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

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 -2016

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Central America Trip #59

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

The motorhome is parked at Shady Acres Mobile Home and RV Park in Yuma, Arizona. I expect to be here a while hiding out from the cold, wet weather. Average temperatures in January are high 69.6, low 47.6. In February, high 73.8, low 50.1. As nice as Yuma is, I wouldn’t want to be here in August.  :)

Recently I’ve been running blogs about my 2004 Central America trip. While here, I’m intending to continue those postings while also alternating with Yuma area blogs.

Today, I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Nicaragua (north-bound) #4…

We are still in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

By chance I met Onel Lenz, a 29 year-old guy who owns a local construction company. He introduced me to his gringo friend, Joe, a 68 year-old guy from California who also lives here. Joe came here seven years ago, fell in love with Nicaragua and never left.

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…

 

 

Onel Lenz with his sister (left) and girlfriend (right)…

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Joe took me to his ocean-front lot about ten miles out of town. The roads were so bad it took us an hour to get there. The next three photos shows his ocean view right to left…

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It’s a two-acre lot…

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With about 300 feet of ocean front…

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Where he is having built, a 1,400 square foot house…

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And when finished, lot and house together will only come to…

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$35,000 in United States money…

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On the left is Joe’s girlfriend, Ereseli who is only 20 years old. On the right is Jasmin, her 19 year-old girlfriend…

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Joe and Ereseli are trying to fix me up with Jasmin! Joe invited me to move my motorhome out to his ocean property and “stay in paradise”, living with Jasmin, for free, for the rest of my life! It sounded so inviting, but the problem was that I would get bored staying in one place after a couple of months, no matter how beautiful and wonderful it was…so I passed on his invitation…

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Jasmin with three of her five siblings. They lived in a three-sided, palm-thatched palapa, with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Despite that every thing is amazingly clean…including the children. Jasmin was studying to be a nurse. Her mother was about 40, but was ashamed of her appearance and elected not to be in the photo. Like many families in Nicaragua, Jasmin’s father had deserted the family a while back. How her mother managed economically, I couldn’t comprehend…

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More soon…

You can read all about Nicaragua by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly 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 Arizona. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapYUMA

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

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…

DSC040481b

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 -2016

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Sunrise At Thousand Trails RV Resort – Palm Desert, California

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.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here tomorrow.

Yesterday morning the sun broke the horizon at 6:50 AM. I looked out of the driver’s window looking west towards the San Jacinto Mountains. Out I went to get in a better position for taking photos…

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…

 

 

The early morning sun shines upon the San Jacinto Mountains. Less than 20 miles away at the base of the mountains lies the City of Palm Springs…

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Now looking east the sun is just above my motorhome among the 850 giant palm trees in this Thousand Trails park…

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The sun directly above my motorhome…

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A 180 degree view looking east over the park…

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This is a large RV park with 401 sites.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 66 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 California. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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

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…

DSC040481b

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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Murals Of Indio, California

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.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here Wednesday.

Nearby Indio, California has some nice murals reflecting area history. I missed a few when I was in Indio a couple of days ago, but here are the ones I did get…

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 hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 65 degrees. Forecast for today is mostly sunny and 64 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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

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…

DSC040481b

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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Central America Trip #48

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.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here December 23rd.

I’ve stayed here a number of times in the last 20 years and have blogged most everything of interest in this area. Rather than re-blogging those items again…

I’m taking you back to my…

2004 Central America trip…

This trip ended up being 343 days and 16,000+ miles through the back-country of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. 11 rigs started the trip, within a week we broke into three smaller groups for ease of traveling. Only myself and one other rig went the full, pre-planned route. All the others dropped out for various reasons. All returned safely to the United States. I’m planning to show these photos, more or less, 10 a day, whenever I’m not doing something else deserving a blog entry. FINALLY, it must be remembered these photos are prior to my switching to digital in 2006. The films were developed during our trip and the lack of quality control sometimes is plainly evident.

Today…Panama (south-bound) #7…

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…

 

 

In Casco Viejo (Old Quarters) of Panama City, efforts are being made to keep the old buildings from further deterioration…

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Casco Viejo was  founded in 1673 as a fortified city by the Spanish…

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After the pirate, Henry Morgan, looted and burned the original Panama City to the ground in 1671…

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Casco Viejo is an area of very narrow streets of old Spanish architecture, some beautifully restored and some in the state of disrepair…

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We saw a lot of unusual (to us) trees in Central America…

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A closer view…

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We drove the Panama Colon Expressway (real name) about 50 miles to the eastern (Caribbean Sea) side of Panama. I remember when taking this photo, I wanted to show the thickness of the jungle which people heading for the California gold rush in 1849 had to hack through 25 miles of this jungle to get the Pacific side…

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Our destination is Portobell0 ( beautiful port) on the Atlantic Ocean side, for what will be for the last time this trip. Portobello will also be the southernmost point that the RV’s will achieve on this entire trip. Portobello was the primary Spanish shipping port for all the gold and silver taken from the Americas for shipping back to Spain. We rented this boat for a harbor tour…

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Protobello harbor (bay) is U-shaped about two miles long by one mile wide. There were seven forts to protect the gold and silver stored in the custom-house from pirates until it was ready to be shipped…

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One of the seven forts…

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More Portobello coming up.

 

 

You can read all about Panama by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama

Here’s my trip website link…http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was partly sunny and 68 degrees. Forecast for today is partly sunny and 64 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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

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…

DSC040481b

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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Snow Is A Four Letter Word…

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.

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, California. I’m scheduled to depart here December 23rd.

 

Why I do what I’m doing right now…hiding out from the snow and cold…as sung by Bowser and Blue…

 

SNOW IS A FOUR LETTER WORD…

 

If I never feel the real stuff upon my body for the rest of my life will be just fine with me!

 

You can see their other fun videos at http://bowserandblue.com

I hope you enjoyed the video.

 Yesterday was mostly sunny and 62 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 59 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…

united-states-mapPalm Desert

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

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…

DSC040481b

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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