Posts Tagged With: VFW Post

Indian River, Michigan

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the 198 miles from Flint to Indian River, Michigan.

We continued our journey northward on Interstate Highway 75. Ever since we entered Michigan on this highway the road conditions have been horrible. I’ve been telling Mary I didn’t think the motorhome would make it all the way through Michigan because it would be shaken apart first. Michigan by far, has the poorest roads in all of the United States…in my humble opinion!

As we headed north yesterday they improved slightly…

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We saw this sign during our lunch break at a rest area. No one seems to put up these kinds of signs anymore. Too bad…

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What’s this? Pop art? Nope it’s the remains of a head-on collusion with a flying bug that must have been about the size of a three-pound plum. It hit with a resounding blam and splat…

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We ended up parking in the rear of VFW Post #7439 at Indian River…

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Here’s the usual dinette photo…

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The VFW post was closed, but there was a note with the officers phone numbers. I called and shortly thereafter our welcoming committee arrived. The Commander, Ray on the right is 80 years old and a Korean Vet. Leo in the middle is 89 years old and a World War II Vet. On the left is Dave, 65 years old and a Vietnam Vet. They invited us inside and we spent a most enjoyable two hours swapping tales. It proved to be one of the most heartwarming discussions I’ve ever had with veterans. I’m proud to call them brothers! Thanks for your friendship and hospitality…

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Since it was away from the road we enjoyed a restful night’s sleep. We’ll continue our northward journey later this morning.

Enjoying visiting with old VFW members 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 Michigan. 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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CUSTOM HOUSE MUSEUM, CLARKSVILLE

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On a ride through town we saw this beautiful building. It is the old Custom House and guess what? It is now a museum and cultural centers. So, yesterday we visited.

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This gorgeous old chest with hand carved handles is part of their permanent collection.

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Also part of the permanent collection this delightful painting. I could look at it all day.

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Wasn’t this bathing “costume” the cat’s pajamas in its day?

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An old cotton bale wheelbarrow.

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A horse-drawn hearse.

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I liked the fancy effect of this push cart fire wagon. Kind of reminded me of a Cinderella carriage.

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The museum hosts special exhibits, one of which was a raw wood-carver.

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Another exhibit, a whole collection of resin birds frozen in motion. As beautiful as they are, there is something about them that just doesn’t move me like paintings and photos of birds.DSC05344 (Copy)

I like the fact they help identify birds you see from your window.

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My favorite exhibit is entitled Women Painting Women. It will be here through May if you are in the area.

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By Gwendolyn Rodriguez. Perfectly sweet.

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Easy Ride by Sharon R. Shaver.

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This wasn’t from the exhibit, but a beauty of a poster in the Children’s section of the Museum which has toys and a slew of model trains on display.

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One room was dedicated to sport. It all started with Olympian Wilma Rudolph, a Clarksville resident that brought home three gold medals in 1960. They’ve named a street after her as well. Wilma Rudolph Blvd.

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Wilma helped build relationships between the black and white community in Clarksville. There is a tinge of sadness to that fact.

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Having lived through the 1960’s in the very liberal state of California, I’m still stunned. Not that my community was without prejudice, but the south really retained its divisions in  petty ways, we just never heard about them. I admire the curator’s honesty and hope it helps some.

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In the afternoon, I had a massage to help alleviate my neck problems and later we had dinner at the VFW Post where we are staying. Out my  window this morning , it is looking like a wet and rainy day here in Clarksville.

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Clarksville, Tennessee – Day 2

The motorhome is still parked at VFW Post #4895. Heavy rains are forecast for today so we are now planning to depart tomorrow.

Yesterday I spent part of the morning researching our future possible routes and things to see and do as we continue our travels towards New England. Then I took Mary to the recycle center so she coud continue saving the earth. On the way back to the motorhome we stopped at a used bookstore and found they were having a going-out-of-business sale. I bought 23 books for $.50 each. Such a deal!

In the afternoon Mary had a professional massage and says she had a good night’s sleep and is feeling somewhat better this morning. She and I continue to deal with aches and pains from the May 27th accident of last year.

After her massage we went to the Custom House Museum and Cultural Center. Here are some of the photos that I took…

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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Enjoying interesting places and museums 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 Tennessee. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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Baker, Louisiana – Day 8

Note: Mary flew from Baton Rouge Airport, Louisiana on March 12 to her home in California. I’m hoping to get her back with me by mid-April. My current plans are to start SLOWLY drifting north along the Mississippi River to Memphis, Tennessee where I’ll then turn northeast heading for New England. Can’t go north too fast because it’s still cold up there! I’ll be departing from here later this morning.
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The motorhome is currently parked at VFW Post #4224 in Baker, a few miles north of Baton Rouge.

I’m finishing up an eight-day visit at “the friendliest VFW Post in the United States”. No offense meant to other VFW Posts…but if there is a friendlier post…I haven’t been there. Here’s some photos of the bar area…

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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Some of the ceiling panels were painted by a lady who is no longer in the area. They identify and honor important items/events and people such as James Ewell Brown, aka JEB, Stuart for whom the post is named. If you’ve forgotten or do not know who he was, clicking this Wikipedia link will cure that problem…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J.E.B._Stuart

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Missing in action prisoners of war…

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The Purple Heart. Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat…

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Post members…some who are deceased. Wayne and I became good friends during my eight-day visit…

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And, of course, the winning of the Super Bowl by the New Orleans Saints in 2010…

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Ever present past Commander Mark. He’s always there and everywhere…like preparing to cook yesterday’s corned beef meal. He usually cooks something every Sunday…except during the Summer when he plays golf.  Sill in the Air Force Reserve…he has 29 years of service…

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It was Mark who welcomed me upon my arrival a week ago Sunday and got me setup in to my parking place and offered an electrical hookup.

This VFW Post has a unique gesture which I’ve really not seen at other posts. Pretty near everyone, when arriving or departing, will take the time to stop, say hello and shake hands with everyone in the bar. They even did it for newly arrived me. This membership uniqueness moved me so that I have decided to transfer my membership to this post and become a VFW Life Member as well.  My transfer application is in process and I’ll soon be a member of “The Friendliest VFW Post In The United States”. Thank you to all the members for your friendship…I’m proud to be affiliated with you!

Here’s a photo of my new post…

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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 Louisiana. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

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Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures 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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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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Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

A few days ago while I was in Socorro, New Mexico I visited this 57,331 acre wildlife refuge which straddles the Rio Grande River. Bosque del Apache in Spanish means woods of the Apache.

Trying to photograph wildlife without a long-range telephoto lens or a tripod is difficult at best.  Combined with a brilliant overhead sun making the seeing of the LCD screen on my camera added to the difficulty. No wonder they are called point and shoot cameras.  Nonetheless I did mange to get some half-way decent 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...

To see the other 25 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/BosqueDelApacheNationalWildlifeRefugeNewMexico

To read about this wildlife refuge, click this link…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosque_del_Apache_National_Wildlife_Refuge

Enjoying nature in the wild is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

In other news…

I’m currently hanging out at a VFW Post in Albuquerque awaiting Mary’s arrival next Tuesday, May 1st.

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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AJO, ARIZONA

Yesterday, before we left Painted Rock, this little fox came out of a hole and decided to catch the last rays of  sunshine.

As the sun went down, a partner popped out of the hole and we watched them cavort, and peek and scamper in and out of their den which is right next to the road in the park.  Then, when it got dark, they took off and went hunting. Taking pictures was tough with the low light and their quick movements, but, doncha know?  We  love this kind of entertainment.

As we were leaving the park, and on arriving, too, we saw gigantic power lines being installed. Jim speculated it was a new solar installation. As we rounded the bend, there was the sign.  ABENGOA, Solana Generating Station.  We love to see that happen. It is interesting that at Painted Rock, and at every campground or boondocking site we stay, we are the only RV with lights on in the early morning.  Thanks to our solar. We get up and enjoy the quiet mornings with plenty of power.

 

We  drove to Ajo, Arizona, did our laundry, drove around town, went to the visitors center for sight seeing  information and visited the VFW. They allowed us to park overnight .  Jim took a notion to photograph our view from the dining room window every morning, just for the heck of it. Sometimes they are diamonds and sometimes coal.  I kind of chuckled over what is sure to be a coal picture today.  Light is just breaking and he went off to help the post volunteers  set up tables and canopies for a big chili cook off.  Looks like we are in for a fun day!

Last night we had a beer at the VFW bar. For a small town, they lost 16 guys to WWII and they have three graves right on site. I’ve never seen that before. We’ll probably learn more about it today.

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