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DATES AND DEATH VALLEY — PART I

November 17, 2011 by Barry & Monique Zander · 13 Comments 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminBy Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander*, the Never-Bored RVers This is a two-part blog, beginning with our off-the-beaten path near Tecopa, California, in Death Valley (a mere 85 miles west of Las Vegas) to the China Ranch Date Farm in an oasis among America’s most arid tract of land.  I’ll post Part 2 in a couple of days, describing our return to the Death Valley 49ers Encampment, and I conclude with a golf tale, which I call “Why I’m glad I four-putted the 18th green.” PART 1, THE DATE FARM – For those of you who have never experienced the nothingness of the vast Western deserts, trekking across broad sandy basins lined with jagged mountains holds more interest than you might realize.  Last year we drove and hiked through several unique scenic venues, including the beautiful Artists Palette trail, the Devil’s Golf Course and the lowest point in North America. This year, we pulled out a day early from among the long lines of RVs parked at Furnace Creek for the 49ers Encampment heading for the legendary China Ranch date farm.  It was harvest... Read more



GPS Coordinates with Google Earth and Streets and Trips

August 28, 2011 by Chris Guld · 21 Comments 

This article is going to explore the different notation used for entering Latitude and Longitude coordinates to find places in Streets and Trips. Sometimes you may need to convert the coordinates you have to the format that Streets and Trips understands. This article will show you how to make the conversions using Google Earth. Question: My Garmin says N 36 degrees 37.458′ W 92 degrees 08.017′ The Garmin will get me right here to the entrance of this ranch. But when I try to put it in Streets & Trips 2011, I keep getting an error each time. I am trying to locate Cloud 9, Caulfield, MO. Cloud 9 Ranch is a membership park in the Ozarks and we are planning some events involving Geocaching. We want to be able to provide people with the correct coordinates for whatever device they are using. Decimal or Degrees Microsoft Streets and Trips recognizes two types of GPS Lat/Long notation: 1) Decimal or 2) Degrees/Minutes/Seconds. Decimal: 36.624300° -92.133617° Degrees/Minutes/Seconds: 36°37′27.48″N 92° 8′1.02″W To enter the coordinates into Streets and Trips, you click on the Tools menu, Find, and click the Lat/Long tab. You can enter the coordinates in either of the formats above, but Decimal is the simplest. You don’t need the degree symbol – in fact, if you do include the degree symbol, you’ll get an error. Just use numbers, decimal points and the minus sign to show a West longitude. No symbols, no spaces. Degrees... Read more



RV Cooking Show – Free RV Fun & Stuffed Bananas on the Grill

July 22, 2010 by Evanne Schmarder · 8 Comments 

Greetings from the road, Summer is officially here as evidenced not only by the calendar but the temps outside!! Chances are RVing/camping is in the cards…even if you are on a budget. Well, you won’t be surprised with this show…you already know we RVers are the most frugal bunch around. In this episode of the RV Cooking Show I’ll share with you some of my favorite fun free things to do when you go RVing. Let’s face it, who doesn’t love free fun, right!?!? And now to one of the main attractions of summer…the grill. But nope, we’re not talking burgers here. Instead we’re making steamy stuffed banana boats on the grill (you can also make them right in the campfire). Think chocolate, peanut butter, honey, brown sugar, even pineapple and coconut…it’s all so very good! Watch this shorter than usual (I know you have places to go) RV Cooking Show – Banana Boats – steamy, stuffed and grilled & No Cost RV Fun below.  I am also delighted to tell you I’ve produced an RV Cooking Show eCookbook – Great Getaway Grilling – free to my show subscribers. If you are already a subscriber you’ve recieved the link to this summer grilling kick-off, six of my favorite locations and grilling recipes. If not, visit the RV Cooking Show home, subscribe, and a downloadable e-Cookbook will be sent to your email address. Thanks for watching…now let’s get this show on the road! Evanne RV Cooking Show  Read More →



Geocaching by Droid

May 2, 2010 by Chris Guld · 496 Comments 

by Chris Guld, www.GeeksOnTour.com We started Geocaching several years ago, but we had a very old hand held GPS. It was not very accurate and that made it too difficult to find the caches. We soon tired of the effort. Now with our Droid ‘app phone’ it appears we’re back in business. In case you don’t know what Geocaching is, let me give you a brief overview. It’s a high-tech game played by people all over the world where a player hides a Cache (what’s in it varies) and records the latitude and longitude of the hiding place. This information is entered on the website Geocaching.com where millions of players look up available Caches in their area and make a note of the coordinates. Then you go on an adventure to find the Cache. A handheld GPS device is a necessary tool for the hunt. When (If!) you find the specified Cache you should find a log book with it where you record the fact that you indeed found this particular Cache. Then, you put it back where you found it so the next player can have the same fun. This is a wonderful game for RVers since we’re always some place new. The Geocaches are usually hidden by locals – so the chase gives us a reason to get out of our RVs and explore the local territory. It’s also great for geeks who need some reason to buy new toys! Or, in this case, new uses for current toys. Read more  Read More →



RV Weekly Round-Up (June 6-12, 2009)

June 12, 2009 by rv.net · 5 Comments 

Check out these highlights of RV-related news, events and video from this past week. 1. Enter the Go RVing Video Contest: Go RVing is calling for entries in its first Internet video contest, hosted on Facebook. The “Tails from the Road” contest asks contestants to create a positive, humorous video featuring a pet traveling in an RV. Entries will be accepted from June 1 through July 10, by uploading your video to the Go RVing Facebook Fan Page. See the Go RVing webpage for full contest details. Read more  Read More →



GPS Navigation

September 1, 2008 by rv.net · 6 Comments 

Do we love GPS? Yes we do! GPS for the most part is new to the masses and now a necessity to most Americans. GPS was developed by the United States Department of Defense to aid in mapping and giving a precise location of troops deployed in the field. This new technology was a staple of the Army, Navy, Air force and Marines, and it eliminated the guessing game of where in the world are my troops. With this new technology they found they could mobilize their troops and have a coordinated timed response to any situation. Then in 1983 following the shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 Ronald Reagan issued a directive making the system available for free for civilian use as a common good. The GPS system is a constellation of at least 24 Medium Earth Orbit satellites that transmit precise microwave signals, the system enables a GPS receiver to determine its location, speed, direction. You will find GPS devices every were, rental car companies now include them in their cars, they are showing up in boats, Mass transit vehicles, Police department vehicles and even in Cell phones. GPS has become a widely used aid to navigation worldwide, and a useful tool for map-making, land surveying, commerce, scientific uses, and hobbies such as geocaching. GPS also provides a precise time reference used in many applications including scientific study of earthquakes, and synchronization of telecommunications networks. As for me the writer of this article I have fallen in love with GPS I found... Read more



Road Testing MS Streets And Trips, Product Review (Part II)

August 3, 2008 by Lug_Nut · 29 Comments 

Last week we looked at the workings and features of Microsoft’s Streets and Tips 2008. (A link to last week’s blog if you missed it LINK)  This week we are taking it to the street.   We’ll be testing the GPS navigation guidance in the real world.  I chose the City of Vancouver, Canada, to conduct the trial run.  In as much as I was not familiar with the areas of this city that I would be navigating, it would mean relying fully on the product’s ability to direct me.  I really did not doubt its ability to find and direct me to the target; after all, they will all do that.  It was how it does it, and the speed and timing. I set three targets, one after the other, all located in the Vancouver area.  I did this in the hotel prior to setting out.  Instead of doing each as a waypoint, I opted to enter each as a separate route, or trip, using my previous destination as the start of the next.  I made four routes that started with the hotel in Richmond, B.C., and finishing with the hotel as the final destination in the fourth route.  I saved each as a leg number, “Leg1, Leg2,” etc. The unit was fast to set up.  I put the GPS/antenna module, with tether line connected, onto the dashboard near the bottom of the windshield.  I then plugged the tether line into a USB port on my laptop computer and booted it up.  I selected the program icon and opened the program.  I then activated the GPS and selected my first saved route.  The time for... Read more



MS Streets & Trips 2008 GPS Product Review (Part 1)

July 27, 2008 by Lug_Nut · 50 Comments 

It seems the popularity of GPS navigation continues to grow as more and more people turn from paper maps to LCD screens.  Just over two years ago I had four vehicles, only one of which had an on-board GPS navigation system.  Today, while I only have three vehicles, it is interesting to note that all three are equipped with on-board navigation.  All three have between 5″ and 7″ screen, a services data base, trip routing and voice guidance.  They do, however, have some short falls when it comes to trip planning, routing and making changes while on route.  So I jumped at the chance to try out the new 2008 Microsoft Streets and Trips full GPS offering.  Testing this in Canada would also add to the challenge as it is often found that many mapping software programs and related embedded data bases are not always up to date compared to that found throughout the U.S.A.   To properly evaluate the product, we will divide the trial into two sections.   First we will look at the general features and user friendliness including street level detail, route planning, data base, available tools and related functions.  We will follow that next week with a hands-on trial run, when we take it to the streets of the unfamiliar-to-me city, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  I had used MS Streets and Trips before when I had an earlier version sometime around 2001.  At that time I found the program a great help for trip planning, distance calculating and just plain direction... Read more



Geocachers largest gathering in the world!

April 28, 2008 by jwalker · 16 Comments 

In approximately 1 month, geocachers from far and yon will begin to converge on a little town called Wheatland in Northern California. They will be there to take part in the largest annual gathering of geocachers in the world! GEOWOODSTOCK IV Saturday, May 24, 2008 in Wheatland, CA (just north of Sacramento) Just what is the this big hoop-tee-doo about? First a little history… Read more  Read More →



Geocaching in Armstrong Redwoods SNR

April 2, 2008 by jwalker · 4 Comments 

As promised, we continue our weekend excursion with a trip to Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve just outside Guerneyville, CA. The best way to get to ARSNR is to take the Russian River Rd from US 101, then wind your way through some rolling winery country until you get to Guerneyville. Then take a right at the sign that points to ARSNR. We had researched the caches inside the Reserve before we left Santa Rosa. None seemed terribly difficult and we thought we would be able to get to all of them by the end of the day. Read more  Read More →



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