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RE: AM Signal Booster?

Joe, here is an inexpensive idea -- I understand the attraction of talk radio. You hear opinionated, well-informed people who do their best to get and hold your attention, hour after hour. You can't change the subject or talk back, but that's ok -- they'd never let you get a word in anyway. So do what I do -- turn off the radio and listen to your spouse. It fulfills every single one of those criteria, without draining your battery! It's talk radio for boondockers.
profdant139 03/26/15 06:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Refig temp adjustment

We could never remember which way to move the thermistor, so we wrote on the inside of the fridge with a waterproof Sharpie pen -- up is cooler, down is warmer. I would have written it in the manual, too, but I can never remember where it is . . .
profdant139 03/26/15 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Boondocking really exists?

bcbuoy, if it is true that you leave the Canadian National Parks to the tourists, all I can say is first, thank you, and second, I sure hope you have visited those parks yourself! We have spent many happy weeks in your wonderful parks. But you are right -- the national parks involve busy campgrounds, not as pleasant as boondocking. Very well located, though! And Magilla, it is true that there is not much boondocking back East. On the other hand, we have flown to New England several times for bike tours during leaf season -- the rides and the fall colors are world-class, and there is nothing quite like that in California. And the seafood on the Atlantic coast is better than what we have here (although Washington and Oregon are terrific for that). So there are some great things about the East, even if it is not Boondocking Heaven.
profdant139 03/26/15 05:38pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

This is a photo of our most recent boondocking experience -- after a few days in Yosemite, we enjoyed two very quiet nights not far from where the Hetch Hetchy road intersects Highway 120. Much of the area nearby had been badly burned in 2013, but there were a few areas that were hardly touched. This site was not as spectacular as some we've seen in the Eastern Sierra, but it still was nice to be by ourselves for a little while: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N-jsy3NsN8I/VRBhL7u-bSI/AAAAAAAAOG4/Jg4Ps-eazWs/s1600/Boondocking%2BSite%2Bnear%2BHetch%2BHetchy.jpg height=400 width=300
profdant139 03/26/15 04:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yosemite trip report

Tiger, we aren't moving to the dark side -- I absolutely had to have cell coverage -- my students were taking an exam, so I needed to be available. Plus most of the boondocking in the Sierra is out of reach in the winter -- the forest service locks the gates until the end of snow season. So Yosemite was almost our only choice. Plus, Upper Pines is so amazingly well-located -- it is right at the east end of the valley, right at the trailheads. And the trick to making Yosemite look like a remote area is easy -- just hike above the valley floor, and the crowds thin out right away! Also, go in the off season -- I would imagine that in summer, even the more difficult trails can get pretty busy. I have not been there in summertime since 1959 -- to quote Yogi Berra, when asked about how he liked a very popular restaurant: "Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded."
profdant139 03/26/15 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Yosemite trip report

Chuck, once you get a thousand feet above the valley floor, the big tripods and big cameras tend to disappear. I carry a DSLR and a light-weight (but full size) tripod, and I am often the only person foolish enough to lug that stuff up into the high country!
profdant139 03/26/15 09:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Yosemite trip report

Here's a link to our report -- lots of photos -- please feel free to check it out: Yosemite in Springtime And here is a sample photo, just to whet your appetite -- this is Vernal Falls in the late afternoon: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xgXPVBcFNF4/VQ9itSA7wBI/AAAAAAAAOD4/qBgC-ubw0Fg/s1600/Vernal%2BFalls%2Bdouble%2Brainbow%2Blate%2Bafternoon.jpg height=600 width=400
profdant139 03/25/15 10:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snowdocking in the Sierra: are there ungated areas?

Rocmoc, thanks for that tip -- I had no idea!!
profdant139 03/25/15 04:51pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Opening Day Jitters

Lists. Lots of lists. Lists of lists. That is the key to avoiding costly misteaks. Please don't ask me how I learned this painful lesson or how long it took me to learn it by heart. I never could remember which chores needed doing, what sequence to do them in, where things were stored, and my organizational skills have only deteriorated with age. So to me, a list is a tool to compensate for my shortcomings. Yes, it is tedious to consult a checklist before (let's say) unhitching. But since we started the checklist habit, it has been a long time since we unhitched before putting the chocks on the wheels, and it has been a nice long time since I last watched the trailer roll majestically away after unhitching. (Plus we do not remove the safety chains before unhitching, for the same reason.) When we come home from a trip, we have a list for that -- clean out the fridge, prop it open to guard against mildew (don't ask how I learned that, either), launder the linens, etc. We have packing lists. Food lists. Clothing lists. Sporting equipment. Truck maintenance. On and on. Camping has become about as spontaneous as the Invasion of Normandy. But nothing is forgotten. Errors are caught before they are unfixable. Hang in there! Things will get easier.
profdant139 03/23/15 03:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Snowdocking in the Sierra: are there ungated areas?

Good point about the BLM land! In Calif., most of it tends to be at lower elevations, but there is some high BLM stuff near Bishop -- we will check it out!
profdant139 03/23/15 09:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Snowdocking in the Sierra: are there ungated areas?

We've given up on snow for this year. But we always take a trip in early March (my school's Spring Break), and we are hoping for next year.
profdant139 03/22/15 12:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Remdies for Bugs & Bears

I've heard that there are places where the mosquitoes are so bad, you have to use bear spray on them!
profdant139 03/21/15 08:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Tell us your RV Unfriendly Communities

In much of Orange County, Calif., there are "CC&Rs" (covenants, conditions, and restrictions) that prohibit RV parking on private property. These covenants are essentially in the deed to your property -- they are not laws passed by a governmental agency. But the covenants are administered by the HOA of each neighborhood, and they have the power to enforce the covenants. (Plus they get monthly dues, so they can hire legal help when needed.) We sought out a neighborhood that did not have those covenants, and I am very glad we did. Some of the HOAs are run by reasonable people. Many others, though, are dominated by zealots, who seem to enjoy hassling nonconformists. If we had purchased a house in one of those cookie-cutter neighborhoods, we probably would never have tried RVing -- we bought a little trailer on a whim, just to try it out, and we never would have done that if we had been forbidden to park it on our driveway. That was ten years ago, and we are now campaholics.
profdant139 03/21/15 08:12pm Roads and Routes
RE: Snowdocking in the Sierra: are there ungated areas?

Green, I like the White Mtns idea! I doubt the tent is going to happen, even though it would radically expand our horizons -- I am at the age where if I try to sleep on the ground, it would take a crane to get me back to a standing position. We missed the boat on backpacking -- we should have done it when we were younger, but we mistakenly thought that we did not like camping, so we never tried it.
profdant139 03/21/15 09:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Snowdocking in the Sierra: are there ungated areas?

We have developed a taste for mild snow boondocking -- nothing extreme, just a nice blanket of snow and cool temps. (For folks suffering through this winter back East, no, we are not crazy -- the snow provides a welcome contrast to day after day of sunny, dry, dull California weather.) The problem we have encountered is that during the winter months, the Forest Service locks the gates to almost all of the high altitude forest roads. This is understandable -- they don't want unwary city folks to get trapped out there. But we are wary city folks, and we are comfortable about taking care of ourselves in a little bit of snow -- we watch the forecast, we have chains for the truck and the trailer, we have a winch and tools, we can get unstuck, etc. So that is my question -- without identifying any specific boondocking sites, are there general areas in the Western US where we could get into the snow without breaking the rules? Obviously, this winter is history; but I am looking ahead to next year. Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
profdant139 03/20/15 08:17pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Some un-stuck gear

In the Sierra near Tahoe, we once got stuck in very deep soft leaf litter that looked like solid dirt (but it wasn't). In order to escape, we ended up "paving" a trail out of the soft stuff by using flat rocks carried from a nearby hillside. (It was a lot of work, though.)
profdant139 03/20/15 01:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Baja California March 17th

Chris, thanks for that link. This info about working conditions is absolutely consistent with what the LA Times recently reported, in a major series about agricultural labor in Mexico.
profdant139 03/19/15 04:54pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Monument Valley Utah

And then here is the BLM sign at the top, just to confuse things further: http://utahsadventurefamily.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/IMG_1375.jpg height=300 width=500
profdant139 03/19/15 01:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Monument Valley Utah

Actually, Gary, most of the stuff on the web calls it the Moki Dugway -- and yet here is the sign on the roadway itself: http://www.teresco.org/pics/fourcorners-20030926-27/26/P9260093-640.jpg height=300 width=500 So I just don't know!
profdant139 03/19/15 01:28pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Need Yellowstone Information

Someone mentioned Yosemite -- we just got back. Serious fire damage near the Hetch Hetchy area, in the far northwestern part of the park. The Yosemite Valley area is fine, as is the high country of Tioga Pass.
profdant139 03/19/15 01:24pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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