Navajo Loop Panorama

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Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park, October 7, 2015

Navajo Loop Trail, the most popular trail in Bryce Canyon National Park, takes visitors down into the Bryce Amphitheater. Rated as a moderate trail, it drops steeply2 from Sunset Point regardless of which direction the hiker takes. The last half of the 1.4 mile trail climbs back up to Sunset Point.

This photo was taken using my iPhone 5 camera in panorama mode.

  1. Image editing to enhance the photo closer to what the eye “saw.” Images in this series are selected and posted within a few days or weeks of being edited.
  2. Online, you’ll find several different numbers for the elevation change for this hike. The park service page says 550 feet,  AllTrails has 521 feet, and has 800 feet! Besides latitude and longitude, the GPS in my Pentax camera records the elevation for each photo.  From a photo taken at the top and another down in the amphitheater, I calculated 450 feet.
hiking, landscape, mountains, parks, photography, post-processing, recreation areas, Utah

Updated Offroad RVs

The Offroad RVs page has been updated with new information added related to the Earthroamer Xpedition Vehicles (XV).  I also added links to 9 interesting videos related to Earthroamer.

Earth Roamer XV-LTS - offroad RV

I’ll be doing more editing and updating of the Offroad RVs and other pages in the coming days and weeks.

EarthRoamer XV-HD, the “next level in luxury overland vehicles.”

motorhomes, offroad, RV, RV manufacturer, truck camper

12-volt DC (direct current)

RV and Camping Terms and Definitions

12-volt DC  – A recreational vehicle’s low voltage, direct current system, powered by either one or more batteries or, when the RV is connected to electrical hookups or a generator, an inverter.  Direct current means that the electrical current flows in one direction in the circuit, from negative to positive.  12-volt DC powers components in the RV such as lights, water pump, LP gas furnace fan, generator starter, fans, tank level indicators, and DC powered entertainment equipment. DC power is also required for controls and propane ignition for the camper furnace, hot water heater, refrigerator and stove.  12-volt DC outlets are often provided to power other devices.

A towable RV, such as a travel trailer, fifth-wheel trailer, or tent trailer, will have one 12-volt DC system.  A motorhome will have two, (1) the coach system for the living quarters of the RV and (2) the 12-volt chassis system, which powers the vehicle electrical requirements.  Each system has it’s own battery or batteries. Multiple circuits may be provided in the DC systems, with each circuit protected by fuses or DC breakers.

When a motorhome’s engine is running, both systems’ batteries are being charged. There are usually little or no other interconnections between the two systems.  Exceptions might include a battery boost switch for additional power for starting the engine if the engine battery is depleted or a radio power switch to power the vehicle’s radio from the coach system when the motorhome engine is off.

A number of devices powered by 12-volt DC can drain the coach battery when the unit is not in regular use. Examples include: entertainment system or radio clocks, a light left on, a TV antenna booster, or propane gas detector.

(post revised and updated 11/17/2017)


definitions, rv equipment, rv terms, terms, tips ‘n hints

Replaced LED lights in motorhome with… LEDs!

Itasca Navion IQ motorhome Our Itasca Navion IQ motorhome is 9 years old now.  The original lighting was 12v incandescent automotive bulbs.

A few years ago, I replaced much, but not all, of the incandescent lighting in the camper with the new LED lights that were available at the time. Most of the energy used in incandescent lights to make them glow is lost as heat. For the same brightness, today’s LED lighting uses less than 1/8 as much energy. This can make a difference on battery drain when you are boondocking away from utility connections.

Technological and manufacturing advances have resulted in LEDs that can produce brighter lights in a smaller package.

The 3 generations of lights used in our motorhome

The 3 generations of lights used in our motorhome

I replaced the old LEDs with 12 volt Efoxcity White LED automotive bulbs. The lights are intended for use in “backup light, tail light, stop light, parking light, side marker light, ect. and are a replacements for bulbs commonly used in cars, trucks, trailers, RVs, etc.”

The first set of LEDs that we used in the camper seemed a bit less bright than the original incandescent lights.  The newest LEDs are definitely brighter.  All of the photos below were taken with my camera in manual mode so that changes in light would not trigger an adjustment in the camera’s automatic settings. All four photos are unedited.

Lighting before new LEDs installed. There was one incandescent reading light on over the chair. It showed up in the mirror on the left as well.

(above) Lighting, looking forward, before new LEDs installed. There was one incandescent reading light on over the chair. It showed up in the mirror on the left as well. There was also an incandescent light on in the shower.

(below) After new LED was installed.  The lighting in the bathroom was changed out, including the incandescent bulb in the shower. The incandescent light over the chair is off.

After new LED was installed. The lighting in the bathroom was changed out, with one incandescent bulb in the shower replaced.

Before new LEDs installed in the motorhome.

Looking to the rear. (above) Before new LEDs installed in the motorhome.  (below) After new LEDs installed.

After new LEDs installed in the motorhome.

The cost of the ten bulbs when I bought them was $13.99 with no cost for shipping and handling as we are Amazon Prime members.

I liked these so well that I will be ordering additional LED lights to replace most of the rest of the lights inside the motorhome.

innovation, RV, RV products

An Interesting Read

It’s not my usual fare in books, but…

From my review on Amazon:

Raymond Winters is an ordinary man in a loveless marriage – a grocery store manager who has to deal with life altering events after a Black Friday dalliance. A first-time-ever, one-time fling puts his life on a track far different – and more terrifying – than he ever dreamed.

I’ve been reading Nick Russell’s blog on his Gypsy Journal website for several years and, before today, I had read a couple of his other books.

Nick’s post today, How Do You Holiday? – about how RVers celebrate holidays – was followed by a pitch for a mystery with a title that fits the season:

What would you do if you braved the crowds of shoppers on Black Friday and suddenly your whole world had changed? Read Black Friday and find out how a simple shopping trip changed one man’s life forever.

What the heck, why not at least check it out? – I clicked on the link and, then, clicked on the “Read Inside” link for the book preview.

The preview was engrossing enough that I decided to go ahead and buy the book to see how it ended.

(One of the great things about having a Kindle is I was able to page forward right away to where the preview left off – no need to wait for the book to be shipped.)

I pretty much read through the whole book in one sitting – an interesting and gripping read!

Black Friday – Book Description on Amazon

We all know a person like Raymond Winters. He is Everyman. You see him daily on your commute to work. He sits in the cubicle next to yours. He’s the guy plodding through life, just going through the motions. He’s not happy. His work is not fulfilling. But he never expected anything more. At 41, he’s stuck in a rut, without the energy to climb out. Sure, he dreams of a different life. He dreams about it a lot. But Raymond knows the difference between dreams and reality.

Then Raymond’s life takes an unexpected sharp turn after a chance encounter with a strange woman. Overnight he finds himself alienated from his family, shunned by his neighbors, and questioning his own sanity. Raymond is in over his head, and if he survives, life will never be the same.

In Black Friday, Nick Russell, New York Times bestselling author of the Big Lake mystery series, weaves a tale of betrayal, lust, and broken dreams that you will remember long after you finish the last page.

The book is well laid out, with plenty of suspense, well developed, compelling characters and background details, with plenty of twists and turns. I definitely recommend the book – and I’ve shared it with Karen through our Amazon Family Library.

The book also introduced me to something I had never heard of before – the Impromotu Tactical Pen, by Gerber.

    • Rugged, machined steel body and stainless steel pocket clip keeps this pen handy
    • Rite in the Rain ink cartridge works in all conditions, inside and outdoors
    • Reliable push-button mechanism deploys ball point mechanism
    • Integrated glass-breaker tip features tempered steel and is designed to get you out of trouble
    • Made in the USA

The pen does play a role in the book.

book review, holidays
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