Saturday, June 08, 2013

Colorado to South Dakota

We almost didn’t take route 34 north out of Estes Park because it looked like it had too many tight twists and turns to be safe for an RV.  But Jim decided to brave it, and we’re so glad!  It was a beautiful drive.  I made Jim pull over so I could get a picture of our rig

And here’s the road:

As it turned out, the worst driving conditions were after we got on Interstate 25 heading north … w i n d y 

We made it as far as Lusk, Wyoming the first night and stayed in the parking lot of the Elks lodge there.  They had no hookups, so we had to run the generator, but there was no charge,and we were the only ones in the lot.  And, they had a hamburger cookout dinner on Friday night!

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to live in a place like Lusk.  It’s a tiny town 2 and half hours from any city.  This looked like the most exciting place in town!

After spending a couple of nights at the Lusk Elks lodge, we drove thru the Black Hills to reach our destination of Sturgis, SD and the Fulltimers rally.  Although we did present a couple of seminars, we were primarily attending because we R fulltimers!  Other than our own TechnoGeek Learning Rally, we haven’t had a rally devoted to our own interests since the demise of the Datastorm Rally.  It was fun to be part of a small group and get to know them.

I think they appreciated our help as well.  We got to teach them a little about Smartphones, Picasa, and even some hands on with Windows 8.  Sally was a quick learner.

After the Fulltimers rally, we decided to stay for the Elks chapter rally as well. 

There’s good 4G Internet signal here at Rush No More RV park, so we were able to successfully do a remote Picasa seminar to the SLOBytes computer club in San Luis Obispo too.  I think we’re starting to figure out the right way to do these remote presentations.  Instead of trying to manage Jim on his computer, and me on my computer, we’re doing it just like we do the live seminars – with Jim driving the computer and me standing behind him and narrating the presentation.  We ask that the moderator on the remote side position their computer so that the camera is aimed at the audience.  That way we get to see them (on my second monitor) at the same time we’re presenting our material.  As long as the Internet connection holds out, it really is almost like being there.  Here’s what the SLOBytes club representative had to say:

Thank you for the great presentation Sunday. I think it is safe to  say that it was one of the best, if not the best, webinar yet. What really impressed me was the way the two of you worked in sync without stepping on each other.  We all learned a lot, and while I use Lightroom, I was impressed with Picasa. I will not be changing , but I now know that I can recommend Picasa for image management and simple editing.

John Waller, VP for Programs SLOBytes  (Computer Club in San Luis Obispo, CA)

1 comment:

The BooneDocks said...

We are camping in Lusk tonight. Had a good burger at the Silver Dollar in the downtown.