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Mt. St. Helens 1985 – Washington

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The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in Chehalis, Washington. I expect to depart here October 20th.

 

I’m finally caught up with my backlog of photos for new blog postings. I’ve decided to dig back into my archives and republish photos of various areas I visited this summer. After all, what good are archived photos if you forget about them.

 

 

 

Today’s subject…

 

 

I visited Mt. St. Helens in Washington in 1985, 5 years after its eruption in 1980. It is 40 miles (the way the crow flies) from my current location. 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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To see the other 9 photos that I took…click this link…

https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273/album/AF1QipMbclnnpn0vAUozv7pPKPHCRA0s0V8Xe7erSXhk

 

 

 

Here’s a bonus. Mt. St. Helens as see by Google earth…

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To read all about Mt. St. Helens, click this link…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens

 

 

 

To read all about Chehalis, Washington, click this link…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chehalis,_Washington

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the photos!

Yesterday was cloudy with rain and 64 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with rain 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 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 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

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 #40

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. I’ve completed my repairs, routine maintenance and cleaning of both the Bronco and motorhome.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, 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…Costa Rica (south-bound) #2…

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 jungles of Costa Rica were the most intense of the trip. The vibrant green almost hurts the eyes. The now subsided flow was responsible for washing out the road during the night. A road crew was just finishing repairs as we approached…

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We parked for the night just outside the gates of Arenal Volcano Park.. This 5,356 foot volcano is active and frequently emits red molten lava which you are supposed to be able to see at night. Unfortunately it’s rainy season and there were lots of clouds…so we missed any show…

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My tan is almost as dark as her’s…

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You can get really near to this active volcano. The road runs right along the base…

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A live active volcano at the end of Main Street in La Fortuna, Costa Rica…

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As the clouds cleared, we got a better look at Volcano Arenal…

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In this photo perspective, the active Volcano Arenal gives my motorhome the appearance of an old steam locomotive…

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The Rio (river) Fortuna waterfall which drops 225 feet…

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A closer view…

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We climbed the 531 steps to the pools at the bottom…

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With the water temperature at about 75 degrees we enjoyed a delightful swim and temporary relief from the relentless heat…

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Costa Rica proved to be my least favorite country in all of Central America!

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

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

I hope you enjoyed the photos.

 Yesterday was sunny and 54 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 52 degrees. Too darn cold…time to leave soon!

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-mapMURPHYS

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…

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 #35

The motorhome is parked at Mary’s home in Murphys, California.

I’m planning to  depart November 30th. While here, I’ll do routine maintenance, minor repairs and major cleaning of the Bronco and motorhome.

Since those activities are not particularly intriguing blog subjects, 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 (south-bound) #3…

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…

 

 

Back in Granada, some churches are so poor they cannot afford to do maintenance…

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The Central Plaza of Granada…

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Another day trip…first stop is an old fort overlooking Masaya known as Coyopete. Originally built to protect the city from warring political factions, it became a prison and torture chamber for the dictator Samoza, and later the same for the Sandinistas. In 1983 it became a Boy Scout camp…

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This is the way in…

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The only outside air passage. A most interesting place to visit…

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Then on to the Masaya National Volcano Park, where we spent a couple of hours at the large visitors center and then at the active steaming volcano which last erupted in 1772. The large globe offers me an opportunity to show you the “Big Picture” of our trip. #1 marks Gila Bend, Arizona, our starting point, and #2 our furthest southern most point of the trip at Puertobello, Panama, about 5,000 miles as the crow flies (supposedly in a straight line 🙂 ) We drove a total of 6,644 miles to get from point #1 to point #2 in 173 days…

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Big, beautiful murals in the visitors center…

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I’m standing at the edge of a live volcano. If this were the United States, we wouldn’t be allowed within 50 miles of such a place…

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As seen from a nearby rise. As a comical aside, my Bronco (furthest vehicle) was required to face the exit in case of an eruption and we had to run for our lives…

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The roadway to the top of the hill was closed and we were not allowed to go up there. In the pre-Columbian age, the Indigenous people believed the eruptions to be a sign of anger from the gods, and to appease them, the offered human sacrifices which included small children and women. They were “offered” from the peak with the cross…

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During the conquest, The Spaniards baptized the active volcano as…

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La Boca del Inferno…the Mouth of Hell because they truly believed that this was the entrance to hell. Needless to say we found this to be one of the most interesting places to visit of our entire trip…

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You can read all bout this volcano by clicking this link…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaya_Volcano

 

 

Nicaragua proved to be my favorite country in all of Central America!

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 sunny and 72 degrees. Forecast for today is sunny and 72 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-mapMURPHYS

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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HIKING PASABAG VALLEY, FAIRY CHIMNEYS AND UNDERGROUND CITY.

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I’ve had no signal since Friday, and my Turkey experience is coming to a close. Unique topography called fairy chimneys decorates the Pasabag Valley.

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A photo to show you their size. How strange, that this formation stands almost alone.

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Mushrooms come more to mind. Some fairy chimneys were made into rooms, and houses, barns and stables, hundreds of years ago. Now this one serves as a modern office.

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As we hike the terrain changes. We find ourselves in the same valley we flew over in a balloon earlier in the day.

 

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We enter a natural cave.

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Usla demonstrates by climbing up a the steep back wall of the cave where some unknown hand has carved foot holes in the rock.

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Owen gives it a try and realizes it is easier to climb up then down. His butt turned white from sliding on the chalky surface of this kind of stone.

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We hike farther and now you can see the “rose garden” we were photographing from the balloon ride. The area looks less dramatic then it did from the balloon.

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Higher, we climb.

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It is a gentle climb, and fun, too.

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…you can see the rim of the volcano that formed this valley. And, the obvious topography we flew over in our balloon. You can double-click, once, then again for a better view of the valley.

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We press on and find a series of houses, some with ordinary doors and windows. A gentleman drives his car near us and we watch as he makes the long hike to his doorway with an armload of what appeared to be groceries.

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It is difficult to reach this cave house, if anyone lives in it.

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It began to rain and we took shelter in this cafe and gift shop under the umbrellas.

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The shower lasted only a few minutes and we didn’t stay for tea.

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Everyone noticed the ad mentioning viagra which lead us to ask Usla how Turkish men and women feel about birth control and family size. He told us the government is very interested in limiting population and encourages the use of condoms and other forms of birth control. The people are very responsive to that.

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A vendor offers camel rides.

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Even the camel wears a God’s eye.

After lunch, we visited the underground city. During the Hittite era, armies swept cross Asia Minor and this underground city was built to be a very defensible community. Some “houses”  are eight stories high. I stayed above ground, drank a fresh squeezed orange juice and caught up on my journal. Owen visited but didn’t bring his camera that day. The passageways are narrow, often sloping but the rooms are well ventilated by air shafts to the surface. Underground cities have cisterns and this one has  homes with enameled food storage places,  next to kitchens. Other areas serve as stables. The underground city is no longer occupied but at one time thousands of people lived in the place.

For a slide show of our balloon trip and hike, click the picture below:

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City Of Rocks State Park, Faywood, New Mexico…

Yesterday I drove the motorhome the about 40 miles from Rockhound State Park to City of Rocks State Park at Faywood, New Mexico.

From their brochure, in part…

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Born some 33 million years ago from a volcanic eruption 1,000 times greater than Mt. St. Helen’s, mother nature has slowly chiseled her into to the rock “city” you see today. The park encompasses one-square-mile area in the scenic Chihuahuan desert region of southeastern New Mexico at the elevation of 5,200 feet. The “city” is a truly geologic monument formed by large sculptured rock columns, or pinnacles, rising as high as 40 feet and separated by paths or lanes resembling city streets.

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Here’s the official website link…
http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/prd/cityrocks.htm

Here are some 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...

First through the magic of Google Earth where my campsite is marked by an “X”…

Entering the park…

The view through the motorhome windshield from my campsite…

My campsite…

A view of some of the rock and park of the campground. My rig is the furthest one…

A picture of the rocks in the visitors center…

Now some closer ones of the rocks…

To see the other 50 photos that I took, click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/CityOfRocksStateParkFaywoodNewMexico

I took this photo through the windshield of the motorhome about one hour after sunset…

I got up to pee about 2:00 AM…peeked out of the dinette window where I saw about one bazillion stars. What there is to see once you get away from city lights!

Though it’s very pretty and quiet here…once you’ve explored the rocks there’s little else to do since the park is located about 25 miles equi-distant between the cities of Deming and Silver City. So today I’ll move on up to Silver City to begin a visit which I’m expecting will last a few days.

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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