Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Utah - Idaho

After leaving George, we headed south to Utah. If you've ever been to Utah, this photo should prove we're here: And, here is Bridger Pass. We are really in the mountains here - 7,000 feet at times. But, what goes up, must come down! Down, down. Into Salt Lake City. In the 'general store' for the campground we stayed at, I almost bought a souvenir because I thought the saying was so cute:

"Eat, Drink and be Merry, for tomorrow you may be in Utah!"

At least they have a sense of humor about their dry ways! Actually, we discovered they have some very good local micro-breweries. And, talk about a sense of humor! Polygamy Porter, "Why have just one!" Also written on the bottle is: "Take some home to the wives." We put Salt Lake City on our itinerary in order to visit the Motosat headquarters and manufacturing plant. More about that in my next post. Then we headed north into Idaho. Awesome, sweeping vistas of agricultural valleys and BIG mountain ranges on either side: You'll find more photos on our web album. And, here's our campground for the night. Unfortunately, we misjudged the position of this tree and our satellite was unable to get online. There were plenty of other clear sites we could have moved to, but since there was free Wi-fi we decided to stay put. I am so disappointed in my Toshiba's WiFi! I'm using Jim's computer to make this post. His works just great. Mine will connect, but it keeps dropping. If I only had my computer, I would swear that this WiFi hotspot was flaky. But, since Jim is connected and browsing just fine, that can't be the case. We put a USB adapter on mine (just like we teach, and wrote in our last newsletter) and it was great for a while, but the driver was not specifically for Vista and so I developed some other problems. Yes, Geeks have computer problems too! In fact, we probably have more because we are always pushing the envelope. I don't see how anyone can manage with only one computer, or only one way to connect to the Internet! We took this particular route in order to meet up with Bob and Polly. We met at a Flying J and had dinner. Way cool! These are people we met in Peace River Florida, and here we are having dinner in Idaho! They're staying at a lot they own at Star Valley Ranch in Thayne, Wyoming. They play lots of golf there. They also have a couple of additional lots they will be selling. If you're interested, I could put you in touch. But, don't expect good, free WiFi there! They are very glad they bought a Datastorm Internet Satellite dish from us back in Peace River!
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Anonymous said...

The problems you are describing make me think whether you could try using a wireless router to connect you to the WiFi network. Then you and Jim could just connect locally to the router (your own RV LAN ;-) and you wouldn't have to worry about getting both laptops connected separately. No more driver worries, either. The router would take care of it all.

I've never used WiFi myself, so I don't know how well Linksys, D-Link & Co. would fare in terms of using campground WiFi, but it might be worth a shot.

Anonymous said...

I just found you through George!
I think it is interesting that I also can't stay online with my 3 year old Toshiba I connect ( sometimes) then get dropped. bought the USB adapter and still have problems. My husband's Dell computer is fine. we both use Windows XP.