Our modern camping and travel.

On the road 2014, 2008 Navion IQ and 2010 Honda CRV

August 4th, 2014 – Somewhere in Kansas.

We’ve explored our local area and our country quite a bit over the last 42 years.  These days, we usually travel the longer distances with our little Navion iQ Class C motorhome towing our Honda CRV.  Once we’re set up in camp site, we explore further afield using the CRV.

It’s quite a difference from when we first got started.  Our earliest exploration was by foot in Vallejo, California.  Then we got our first car, and, boy, did we put the miles on that little car.  We visited San Francisco, the Marin Peninsula, and up the coast to Fort Ross.  We made it to Donner Pass, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite – all in a few short months before I was transferred to the next school, which was in Idaho.  It was there that we did our first camping, renting a tent from Navy special services.  Over time our camping included buying our own gear, dabbling in backpacking and, in the late 80s, graduating to a used, very small travel trailer.  That lasted for 3 long camping trips, but, on the last one it was totaled when we were rear-ended in Tulsa.  Then it was back to tent camping and another couple of backpacking trips.

All of that was before the modern era of the internet and social media.  When we were traveling, we just went.  We might drop a post card to family from somewhere on the road, but there wasn’t any constant contact like there is today.  Of course, that made it difficult if someone needed to get in touch with you, but that’s the way it was.  Sure, you could call, but that was pretty much before the advent of phone cards, too, so calling long distance generally meant short calls on a public coin operated phones.  You either needed a pocket full of change or you called collect.

We didn’t make many calls like that.  Too expensive for us, too expensive for our families if we called collect.

HP laptop and iPhone 5Today, though, it’s instant communication, any time you want it – most of the time.  We can make a phone call from most places where there are concentrations of people and along most major traffic arteries.  We can also send a text message and check in on all of our social media.

On this trip, we will often be away from the concentrations of people and traffic arteries where cell service is concentrated.  Quite often, our cell phones will have a message at the top of the screen: “no service.”

That’s okay.  We’ll check in when we can but we’re not going to go out of our way very often.  Our kids will know about where are and where we will be going for the next week or so as does Karen’s mom.

Our modern mode of travel without constant contact: it works for us – and we really don’t know yet where all we’ll be going.

blogging, camping, Class C, photography, travel, travel trailers
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Remote and (not often) connected.

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Before we left on this trip, we knew that we would not be as connected with the world as we normally are.  I for one don’t plan to fuss with trying to get online.  If it happens that I can get online, I’ll check email, Facebook, etc.  If not, that’s okay, too.

I’m actually looking forward to being away from being connected.  While we don’t watch much TV at home, we don’t watch any TV when we’re in the camper, even though we have a small flat screen set.  We’ve got some old DVDs that we might watch, but, again, maybe not.  We’ve actually talked about taking the TV out.  The space is a perfect place for a small RV spice rack, according to Karen.

We have Kindles loaded up with several books, though, with only three that I haven’t read, I probably don’t have enough.  I’ll also be working with my photos and Karen will be piecing a top for a new quilt.

We will prepare blog posts as we go and post them as we can some time later, I think.  On other trips, I’ve tried posting as the trip progresses, but that never lasted the whole trip.  I hope this way will be more successful.

Do you ever get away from modern communications and/or social media? If so, how and/or where?

camping, motorhomes, photography, road trip, travel
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Kaw Lake on Day 1–Traveling the West 2014.

Our first camp was at Osage Cove,  a large Corps of Engineers campground situated along the banks of Kaw Lake in north central Oklahoma.  Kaw Lake is one of several lakes in Oklahoma constructed and maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

We were just there for the overnight stop, though we did get in a bit of walking for some exercise.

Kaw Lake from Osage Cove Campground, August 3, 2014

Kaw Lake from Osage Cove Campground, August 3, 2014

Kaw Lake from Osage Cove Campground, August 3, 2014

Kaw Lake from Osage Cove Campground, August 3, 2014

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Leaving Kaw Lake, we were headed to Kansas and a fort.

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437 Unimog

Digitalized sketch from photo of 437 Unimog shot at Abenteuer & Allrad 2013 – off road exhibition ground Bad Kissingen, Germany – “Europe’s largest cross-country-fair”

Digitalized sketch from photo of 437 Unimog shot at Abenteuer & Allrad 2013 – off road exhibition ground Bad Kissingen, Germany – “Europe’s largest cross-country-fair”

This digitally created sketch is derived from an image by Klaus Nahr on Flickr under provisions of a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License, the provisions of which also apply to this derivative work.

motorhomes, offroad, RV
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Old caravan

Old caravan at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein Germany

Digitized sketch of photo of Old caravan at Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein Germany

Image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license as it is a derivative of a work on Wikimedia that is covered by the same license requirements.

RV, travel trailers, video, vintage RV
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