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Old 04-02-2009, 10:59 PM   #1
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If you go to Arches Nat'l Park, or Canyonlands Nat'l Park in Moab, Utah, stay in Arches Campground. You have to reserve at least 4 days in advance, but it looks GREAT! Pack all your goodies in with you however, they have potable water, but nothing else! And you are about 23 miles into the Park, and 26 miles from a grocery, but check out site #24[img][/img]
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:12 PM   #2
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That looks like a great site. The scenery is nothing like the mountains around here.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:54 AM   #3
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Yes, very different. But each has it's own beauty that's beyond description. God is sooooooo awesome and creative! When we were in BC, and the Pacific Northwest, we'd OOOOOOOh and Ahhhhhhh, and it's the same around every corner here too. Different from the soft beauty of our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains, but we sure are enjoying them.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:44 PM   #4
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Mesa Verde National Park- Awesome place to visit, but the campground is only open during summer, and it looked pretty sparse (kinda ugly), so wouldn't advise there. We'er staying IN Durango, i mean just a few blocks out, at Cottonwood Campground. Right on a creek, next to a picnic area, it's nice. Durango is a really nice small city with everything here. It's historic downtown is wonderful. Try out Franciso's Mexican. Expecting snow tonight, may be here a couple of days : - (
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Dan, I'm lovin' your accounts of your trip. A great resource for future trips of my own.
Plus, it is so great that you have been keeping it up to date, I know how hard this is.

Do you use an air card for internet access, or a modem? Or, do you rely on Wifi service in campgrounds?

By the way, how is the star gazing going?
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We love the telescope. Not much to see tonight. Possibly some snow tonight. Gonna get to check out the double insulation and furnace I'm afraid!
I'm "trying out" (great time to try) a Verizon Connection. Not sure what it's called, but it's worked wonderfully. Not as fast as DSL or Cable, but heh, we're in the boonies! Anywhere you have a Verizon signal, you've got Internet! My wife could be on FaceBook as we travel. [img][/img]Pretty slick, but I don't think I'll keep it past our trip. Not the type of thing I'd use much after our trip.
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I was just thinking of using my smart phone as a modem, it is quite fast. I just have to set up a temporary plan when I go on trips. I do see that lots of private campgrounds offer wifi. I doubt if any government ones would though.
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I'm on a Telus plan ( the company pays ) in order to send pix to the newspaper from anywhere I have cell coverage. Costs more than $90 a month, plus the regular cell charges, and it can take a while to send a pic. Of course, I'm sending large files, but I'd probably stick to sending text and limit my time on the phone, if the company wasn't paying for it.

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The Verizon Plan is $59.95/mo (can do 5GB of info/mo). I just checked, and so far in 2 weeks, I've use 252MB. So, I've got to really start downloading some stuff to get anywhere near 5GB. Glen could probably do it with a few picture files. I shrink mine to 600 pixels each before I send them, so no real problem. Never thought about some kind of cell phone. I guess you'd download to your phone, then send? I knew you could do internet with a Blackberry device.
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I have internet on my phone, it is part of the data package. I mostly use it for emailing, though the web browser has come in handy a few times. You can use just many phones to connect your laptop to the internet, they just act as a modem. You should check with your service provider to make sure you have a proper data plan though, otherwise the charges for data transfer can be quite high, giving you quite the surprise. I have only used this setup a few times, and the connection is surprisingly fast.
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