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Monroe, Washington – Day 1

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 90 miles from Leavenworth to Monroe, Washington.

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

Here are some of the photos that I took along the 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…

Shortly after starting our day on the road we saw snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains…

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After crossing Stevens Pass at 4,111 feet of elevation we ran into some fog on our decent…

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We arrived at our destination of Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort on the Ben Howard Road in Monroe. Our campsite is to the right of this stand of tall trees along the banks of the Snohomish River…

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We are at the end where it’s nice and quiet…

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Here’s the view from the motorhome door and my bedroom window…

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Here’s the usual dinette window photo…

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Shortly after our arrival, my good friend for 62 years, Al Penta who lives about one mile away, stopped by for a visit. We spent an enjoyable two hours catching up on the happenings of the last two years since we were last here…

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Mary has pressing business awaiting at her home in California. Tomorrow I’ll drive her in the Bronco to SeaTac Airport where she’ll catch a fight home. After dropping her off, I’ll go to the Seattle VA Hospital for an eye exam and my annual physical…which I missed last year. I’ll remain here for a few more days having some work done on the Bronco and hopefully the motorhome by my friend and mechanic, Kenny. Once the work is completed, I’ll head for Mary’s home in California.

Yesterday was a cloudy and cold day with some showers. High temperature for the day was 57.

Forecast high temperature for today is 61 degrees and sunny with a shower.

Enjoying Thousand Trails RV Resorts 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 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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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
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Some Thoughts On Life Expectancy…

I’m not sure how I got to thinking about this topic a couple of days ago…perhaps it had something to do with my, then upcoming, annual physical examination at Seattle’s VA Hospital which happened two-day ago. Thankfully…no problems.

I think it was also because when you reach my current age (70), you become aware that friends, and friends of other friends your age, are dropping like flies and in the natural progression of things…as far as my family is concerned…I’m next in line.

It got me to thinking, I wonder what the current life expectancy is in the United States…so, I posed the question to my Internet search box and came up with this Wikipedia informational link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy

I’m not sure what I expected to find…but I found out the average life expectancy in the United States for males is 75.6 and for females is 80.8. Some how I thought it was longer than that. I was particularly surprised that the United States ranked 36th in the world…once again I thought it would be higher that. What country is number one????…you’ve got to click the link to find out. I never would have guessed it.

I realize these number are averages…and that there are lots of factors involved. In my family, my father died at the age of 65…but he was a welder (inhaling all those welding fumes and asbestos in the shipyards) and a smoker as well. My mother died of cancer (the only cancer victim in our family that I’m aware of) at the age of 84.  A couple of my grandmothers lived until well into their 90’s.

I am very fortunate to have inherited my mother’s good health…for I have never suffered a major illness or broken a bone in my body in my entire life. Every day I wake I am thankful for my good health.

Another thing I really like about myself is that money has never been that important to me. I’m not wealthy…but I’ve enough to live my life the way it makes me happy.

No matter how wealthy a person is, no amount of money can buy you more than your allotted time. I remember many years ago watching the life story of Sam Walton (a man who worked all of his life and seldom took a vacation) die a shriveled-up old man at the age of 74. All of his money couldn’t buy him an extra day.

It’s a well stated fact…stress kills. When I retired at the age of 55 in 1995…my goal was to de-stress my life as much as possible. I have a long-time close friend who has told me…”I’m so envious of you…you have managed to so simplify your life!”

Another way that I have been very lucky is…way back in 1968…in my Dale Carnegie class…they taught me how to live my life one day at a time. In other words…you cannot change your yesterdays and tomorrow will take care of themselves. For 25+years this license plate, which currently is bolted to my Ford Bronco II, has been there to remind me to do just that. In the last 40+ years…I’VE WORRIED ABOUT NOTHING! I truly have peace-of-mind.

So, I guess what I am saying is, that I (barring an unfortunate accident) expect to beat the averages and be around for a long time to come. Another factor is…suppossedly…only the good die young…so that’s also working in my favor! 🙂

So the moral of this story is…

If you find yourself struggling with life…my recommendations are…

1) Buy the Dale Carnegie book “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living” and use the appropriate principles that apply to your life.

2) Try to eat healthier.

3) Get moderate exercise.

4) Quit smoking if you do.

5) Use alcohol moderately.

I’ve been a full-time RVer and on perpetual vacation for the last 16 years. In my travels, I’ve met many people who have said to me…”God, I envy the way you live!”

I reply…”You can do it too…there are only three easy steps”…

1) Retire as early as you can.

2) Sell everything you own.

3) Bay an RV and hit the road. (Disconnect your TV and bring lots of books along.) And immediately they start to stutter…”Ah, but in my case…dah, dah, dah, etc…

If you really want something bad enough in your life…it can usually be attained…if you are willing to give what it takes. Most folks are not willing to do so. For instance…I wish I could play a guitar like Willie Nelson. Am I willing to practice five hours a day…every day of my life… like he does???? Nope…so needless to say…I do not play a guitar like Willie Nelson.

RVing is essentially a stress-free life. All one needs to be concerned with is obeying basic vehicle laws…other than that… you have little interface with all the rules, regulations and taxes of the world.

Life is very short…each and every day we are given is priceless.

Go Rving! Try it…you’ll like it!

Oh, I forgot to tell you the one goal I have left in my life is…I hope to be the world’s first 100-year-old active RVer!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
For more information about my three books, click this link:
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All’s Okay…Except For The Down-Side…

Yesterday I drove about one hour from my current camping spot at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Monroe to the VA Hospital in Seattle, Washington for my annual physical examination.

It’s a huge facility located in South Seattle. The below Google Earth view is not a real-time photo. When I go there during the day…the parking lot is crammed. It’s quite a chore finding a parking place. It’s also an efficiently run place…I was in an out with no problems. As always, I was treated with the highest level of professionalism and courtesy. The staff holds the veterans in very high esteem.

Thankfully…I got my usual report…all is well…get out of here…we’ve got people who really need us!

The DOWN-SIDE is…it’s also a sad place to visit…to see my fellow veterans suffering a wide-ranging assortment of physical and mental problems. All but basically forgotten for their patriotic deeds, in general, by the American public.

There are many worthy charities out there. The ONLY one I support with my annual budget for charity is the Disabled American Veterans…the DAV. I hope you will consider them when evaluating your charity donations. If it wasn’t for the veterans of World War II there’s a good chance today we would all be speaking German or Japanese.

If you love your freedom…thank a veteran!

All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2011
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New Contendor For World’s Stupidest RV Trick?

At this time I’m just hanging out enjoying the nice weather at Thousand Trails Thunderbird RV Resort in Monroe, Washington. About one month ago I wrote several Blogs entries about this beautiful park. If you are interested, they are easy to find.

Since nothing unusual is happening to write about, I thought I share another wacky RV story with you..

Click the link to see a short video…

http://www.rvvideos.com/2010/01/new-contender-for-worlds-stupidest-rv.html

In other news…

This morning I’ll drive to the VA Hospital in Seattle, Washington for my annual physical examination. It’s about a one hour drive from here.

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

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Well, It Appears…

as though Summer has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest…yesterday.

Since I entered the state just before the Memorial Day Weekend the temperatures have been between 55 and 65 degrees with cloudy and rainy skies. In general about 10-15 degrees below normal.

Once in a while Summer-like weather starts as early as February…somtimes it doesn’t start until the beginning of August. Whatever…it’s finally here!

I love spending my Summers here…it seldom gets to hot. My favorite locations are from about one hour North of Seattle to the Canadian Border near Puget Sound. The scenery is beautiful, the air is fresh and clean and the people are very friendly.

In other news…yesterday I traveled back to Thousand Trails RV Resort in Monroe, Washington along the southern bank of the Skykomish River. I expect to be here for a couple of weeks. Since I was here so recently I wrote several Blog entries about this park. Look back 2-3 weeks ago and you’ll find them. My primary reason for returning to this park so soon is that one week from tomorrow I have my annual physical at the VA Hospital in Seattle. This is the closest Thousand Trails park.

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

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