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Seabee Museum – Port Hueneme, California

The motorhome is parked at VFW Post #1679 in Ventura, California. I’ll depart later this morning.

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 325 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Yesterday I drove the Bronco the about ten miles to the Seabee Museum at Port Hueneme. This museum presents the history of the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion. It’s been said that a Seabee is a soldier, in a Navy uniform, with Marine training, doing the work of a civilian, getting W.P.A. pay. I spent two hours enjoying this great museum of these unsung heroes. Like  a lot of museums, this one has lots of darker areas lit by mini-spotlights making for difficult photography condition.

Here’s their Facebook page link…https://www.facebook.com/seabeemuseum

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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To see the other 81 photos that I took…

CLICK ON THE BELOW PHOTO. ONCE YOU ARRIVE AT THE PHOTO ALBUM, SIMPLY CLICK “SLIDESHOW” AND ENJOY!

Seabee Museum – Port Hueneme, California

You can read all about the Seabees by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seabee

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

Yesterday was sunny and 78 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 80 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 2015

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Union Station – Los Angeles, California

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails Soledad Canyon RV Resort in Acton, California

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 400 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while.

Last Saturday I did something that I have not done in about 40 years. I went to downtown Los Angeles. I went to visit the area called El Pueblo de Los Angeles. This is near the site of early Los Angeles where 44 settlers of Native American, African and European heritage journeyed more than 1,000 miles across the desert from present-day northwest Mexico and established a farming community in September, 1781. I had not been to this area of Los Angeles before.

Today…Union Station – Los Angeles, California…

I got to thinking about the last time I rode a train…from point A to point B. Other than an occasional tourist/novelty-type ride…I think it was back in 1958 from Boston, Massachusetts to U.S. Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. Long time ago!

For a building that has been in service for 76 years…I was surprised how clean and bright everything at Union Station is. They do a real good job of keeping it clean. Also very easy to find your way around.

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…

Arrival photos…

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Departure photos…

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Here they are shooting a TV commercial…

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I took the 2:15…

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You cal read all about Union Station by clicking this link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Station_%28Los_Angeles%29

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

In other news..

It appears the weatherman is shifting to a lower gear. For the last six+ weeks the weather in the southwest has run 5-20 degrees above normal average with some calling it the warmest winter on record. Yesterday and today are about 10 degrees below normal. The forecast for the next six weeks or so is calling for 5-10 below normal. Hmmm…I guess that why it’s called an average. It sure was nice while it lasted.

Yesterday was a sunny/cloudy and 52 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny/cloudy and 57 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 2015

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It’s Veterans Day…Thank A Vet!

The motorhome is parked in Mary’s yard at her home at Murphys, California. My departure date to head South is now set for December 2nd. About one month later Mary will fly to meet me in Yuma, Arizona.

In the meantime, I’ll continue cleaning and doing minor work on both the motorhome and Bronco. After our 682 day journey, they were both ready for some attention.

Yesterday was a mostly sunny day at 74 degrees. The forecast calls for sunny weather in the 60’s and low 70’s through November 27th. Today is forecast sunny and 72 degrees.

TODAY IS VETERANS DAY. TAKE TIME TO THANK A VET!

See how easy it is…

If the video does not show, click this link… http://youtu.be/x2L3skZ7FEw

Here I am at 20 years old in 1960…

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And here I am at 72 years old yesterday…

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I’m proud to be a Life Member of VFW Post #4224, Baker, Louisiana.

You can read all about Veterans Day by clicking this Wikipedia link… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veterans_Day

My miscellaneous chores list is now complete. The only thing awaiting my attention is more cleaning on the interior of the motorhome and to assist Mary with some of her house chores.

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

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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ALEX HAYLEY AND FORT DONELSON NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD.

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Alex Hayley and Fort Donelson  are not related subjects, but when we passed through Savannah, Tennessee earlier this week, we visited the Cherry Mansion which was a Confederate household taken over by General U.S. Grant. It also had another history as its earlier owner, Rudd,  built a ferry here to cross the Tennessee River. Who worked for Rudd? Alex Haley, grandfather of Alex Haley, the writer who wrote Roots and Queen.

As a young hopeful novelist in the 1970’s, I attended a workshop in San Jose, CA. and met Alex Haley with his first new book, Roots,  just hitting the shelves. It was an exciting and riveting speech he gave about his book and I could have bought an autographed copy, but  raising young kids, money was short and I opted to wait for the paperback version, a decision I’ve always regretted.

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His second book, Queen was about this woman, his grandmother who was born to an African slave mother and a white plantation son named Jackson on the Cypress Plantation in Alabama.  She was given his name of Jackson and after the war married Alex Haley. She worked at the Cherry Mansion. The writer, Alex Haley was raised by these grandparents and heard the slave stories at his grandmother’s knee.

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The Rudd ferry landing.

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The bridge that replaced the ferry. Near the river park in Savannah is Queen and the two Alex Haley’s graves.

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We’ve moved upriver to Clarkesville, Tennessee where Fort Henry and Fort Donelson were located, straddling the river, two pivotal battles in the war. The Confederates knew  Fort Henry was vulnerable and decided to concentrate their power on Fort Donelson. The Confederate Generals were inexperienced and untrained in warfare of any kind, nor did they agree on strategy. They had the advantage and without their mistakes, U.S. Grant may not have been the big winner who went on to Shiloh as a hero after taking the two forts.   It helps to see a map of the states surrounding Tennessee if you aren’t from this area.

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The fort’s cannon were positioned high on this hill where the gun mounds are still evident. They learned from the taking of Fort Henry by the bombarding Iron Clads that the cannon were too high aground to be effective.

 

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They moved their cannon closer to the water and waited for the Iron Clads.

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They could see their smoke stacks from a distance and were ready for them, seriously wounding three of them before the battle by land, where General Grant, actually took the fort. They had to surrender unconditionally as per Grant’s conditions and he was ever after called Unconditional Surrender Grant. He was fair and honorable to his fellow Confederate Americans and the 11,000 prisoners were considered among the lucky ones.

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Early sailors were called Blue Boys. They may not have realized they were part of a new branch of the U.S. Government to come, the U.S. Navy.

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Steamers carried men and equipment up and down the river “roads” deep into the south after Tennessee was opened up to the Union and the supply lines for the Confederates compromised.

Confederate Garrison cabins with tent roofs built for winter.

The Confederate garrison had about 400 little cabins like this with a tent roof to help the men make it through the coming winter, which was brutal. The visitor center has a good 15 minute film explaining the battle and picture exhibits as well. The drive to all the sites at the National Battlefield is an easy drive of about 2 miles.

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The battlefield “hosts” an eagle’s nest, just like Shiloh. This one is closer to the road, but for the first time in 12 years, the eagle pair had no chicks and there was no activity. Signs around  warn not to attempt to feed eagles. A Fed Eagle Is A Dead Eagle. Visitors love the idea of National Battlefields being home to our National Bird.

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Ulysses S. Grant was best friends in West Point with General Simon B. Buckner  who chose the Confederate side to fight. After the Union was reassembled and Grant had served as President, his old friend came to him and they shook hands and discussed the healing of a nation. Grant was  very moved by his old friend’s gesture.General Simon B. Buckner

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War makes unexpected heroes. Meet Mary Bickerdyke, a revered nurse.

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Healing between north and south did come but with great inequality to African-Americans who were deprived of their Civil Rights, including the right to vote, and marginalized by Jim Crow Laws until the 1960’s.

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A Confederate Flag.

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Items a soldier might carry into battle.

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An interesting stop that can be enjoyed by someone who is limited in their walking ability.

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Meet Bud Kuball And Julie Paradise

Jim says:

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Yesterday Mary and I went to visited Bud Kuball and Julie Paradise.

I first met Bud Kuball in December, 2003 in Gila Bend, AZ where we had gathered to begin our 343 day, 16,000+ mile RV trip through Mexico and the seven countries of Central America. As things turned out Bud was the only person with his motorhome, beside myself, to go the full preplanned route and schedule. We returned to the United States at Douglas, AZ on December 9, 2004. Earlier in life Bud was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy. After leaving the service, he was a pilot for Trans-World Airlines for 36 years. Bud has lived in Las Vegas since 1982.

I first met Julie when she flew into Cancun, Mexico to join Bud for a visit. During the course of our journey, Julie flew down to visit Bud several times. In my Panama or Bust book there is a full-page photo of Julie dancing on a bar in Leon, Mexico. In her earlier life Julie was a flight attendant for Trans-World Airlines for 40 years.

Both of these fine people have become good friends despite the fact we seldom get to see each other. I was last in Las Vegas in January, 2009.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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The Sky Roared Yesterday Morning…

Jim says: Just about every Tuesday and Wednesday during the winter season the Blue Angels practice for about an hour starting at 8:30 AM. And they were really going at it! See my Blog entry of 4/08. It’s one thing to see the Blue Angels at the Naval Air Station here in Pensacola, Florida and quite another just wandering around the community and they fly by.

My motorhome is currently parked at the American Legion and the way that the crow flies (supposedly in a straight line), it’s only about two miles to the runway. As part of their practice the sometimes fly at only 50 feet above the ground when over the runway…upside down at 600+ miles per hour. Because sound travels a lot slower than light, by time you hear them, they are gone from sight. I managed to get these two photos standing by my motorhome.

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Shortly after-wards I left to do my laundry and failed to bring my camera with me. I had a lot better views at the laundromat than I did at the motorhome. It was like my own private air show.

Anyways, on one particular pass very similar to this U.S. Navy photo…

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They flew directly over the Laundromat, but they were a whole lot closer to the ground than this photo. So, on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings in this area…the sky really roars!

In other news…
In preparation for my departure from my current location on Thursday morning, I spent some time with my maps plotting my route from Panama City, Florida (about 100 miles east of here), where I’ll turn more or less Northeast heading to visit friends in Summerton, South Carolina. I intend to take the back roads through Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the about 500 mile trip.

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2010
For more information about my three books, click this link:
http://www.panamaorbust.com

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