Showing posts from April, 2015


We've been busy with kids and grand-kids during the latter half of April. What with our planned trip to the Arctic this summer we have to ensure our "grand-kid tank" is completely full before excusing ourselves for the next four months. And we're glad to help out... give the little folk's parents a break from the rigors of raising sprouts. So it goes without saying much more that we've been doing little else worth reporting. One day this week my sweetie and I took advantage of a gap between her yard projects and the kids (grand-kids) returning from school and did what most other self-respecting and outdoor-starved PNW'ers do on the first few really nice days of Spring... head for one of the scarce dining/drinking establishments with outdoor seating along the mighty Columbia to soak up some views, some rays, some snacks, and perhaps a craft beer. The experience really puts the mind (and body to some extent) into a proper receptive state in preparation f

New Header Photo for the Blog

I decided the other day to change the header photo of this blog to better represent our current mode of travel and the rig we're traveling with most often these days.  It's surely an interim thing as once we get going to Alaska in a few weeks, piles of cool photos of us against a backdrop of British Columbia, the Yukon, or the 49th state will be volunteering as replacements. And, YES, we're going to Alaska... for three months... with that little pill-box of a camper. Why not? For reference, this photo was taken last summer as we drove over Lemhi Pass between Idaho and Montana. Click here for my post from that day.

Communicate Everywhere... Our MPON System

Cell phones have been a marvelous development for the nomadic traveler. In my short adult lifetime they've popped onto the scene, moved from relatively rare car phones, to semi-portable bag and brick phones, to small pocket-able phones, to the current conjoining of phone and computer - the smartphone. It all happened in such a short period of time... what, maybe 30 years or so? I can still remember using roadside payphones to communicate with customers and my answering service in order to get messages during my sales days. And many truck stop restaurants had wired phones at every booth so truckers and salespeople could make calls while they ate. We now take cellphones for granted. We complain about this or that aspect of the service... coverage, call quality, battery life, or expense. But we've become reliant on them, expect them to work everywhere, don't know what to do when they don't. When we decided to do more exploring in remote, rustic, off-the-grid places,