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Old 10-21-2010, 10:19 PM   #197
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It's not just Tengo. The technology to limit use in this way (even selectively) is available to anybody with a network where some users are hogging available bandwidth, causing the others on the network to suffer.

We considered it here after we had some "difficulties" with a rig full of guests who felt that the network should be hefty enough to handle streaming multiple movies simultaneously (while also serving all the other guests at the park).


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Perhaps it's the Forum, but maybe it's the wifi here. I can't even get the "manage attachments" option. At the last few campgrounds we've been at with wifi, there is a notice that you can't upload too much or your use of the wifi will be slowed to dial up speed. This is done by a company called Tengo which a lot of places are now using. On another thread by Bob Sunrus he has had some similar problems. This may be the end of photo uploads. Or maybe somethings wrong with the Forum. I note when I click on pages, the pages are kind of screwy and graphics are gone.

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Old 10-21-2010, 10:31 PM   #198
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Lynn, I agree that people downloading and trading movies or internet game players are a problem, but I wish there was a way to eliminate them without messing with the rest of us.

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:04 AM   #199
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Sounds like a rather stressful couple of days, Gene. That utter exhaustion you feel after the long days' drive is your system collapsing to the point of shutdown after being on high alert and nerve's edge too many hours.

We haven't been to Yosemite yet, but Glacier NP this year was an education in being one of thousands herded here and there. When we go back next year, we will not stay in the park but at one of the beautiful forest campgrounds nearby---much prettier and roomier sites, cheaper and the-road-less-traveled.

We carry Passport America and Trailer Life Directory campground books with us, so that a manual lookup for a campground is always possible. Too unpredictable relying on wifi.

Take care and travel safe,


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Old 10-22-2010, 08:09 AM   #200
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I'll try photos again.

1. Rainbow across the valley in front of our house.
2. BLM small and free campground just east of Sacramento Pass on US 50. Highest mountain Nevada, Wheeler Peak in the distance.
3. Yosemite Falls.
4. A meadow in Yosemite.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:28 AM   #201
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More photos.

1. Half Dome from Valley floor.
2. A large sitting room with giant fireplace at Ahwanhee. The rooms at the hotel are pretty imposing, but to us the hotel as whole felt unappealing. Other National Park hotels have more of a unifying architectural theme and seem warm. We've stayed at the Lake Hotel at Yellowston and ones at Mt. Hood (not actually a NP, but is in the rustic style found at some parks) and Grand Canyon. They were all more attractive, perhaps more human scale.
3. A smaller public room at Ahwanhee. The arts and craft table attracted our attention.
4. Yet another public room.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:42 AM   #202
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Photos still working. Seems like every time I do this I have to do it when everyone else is asleep. As soon as people are using the wifi, the filters take over.

1. Ahwanhee from a distance, the only spot i could find to show what it looks like from the outside. Sorry about the shadows.
2. A design over a fireplace in a wide hallway.
3. Main dining room.
4. Looking down into the Valley from Glacier Point at least .6 mile above. That's the hotel in the middle.

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Old 10-22-2010, 08:53 AM   #203
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Even more photos.

1. This is what most of Yosemite really looks like.
2. And more.
3. Looking to the east and Half Dome.
4. Close up of Half Dome from same spot.

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:06 AM   #204
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1. One waterfall is in the center and the other in the lower center. One is called Nevada Falls, but I can't remember which.
2. On the way to Glacier Point, there's a picture of two women wearing long Victorian dresses standing on a rock, each on one foot, over the Valley. This may be the rock. You are not allowed to do that anymore.
3. Upper Pines Campground. It looks spacious here, but really wasn't.

The next round of photos will be at Big Sur, but whether I can upload? We'll see.

Maggie, yes we are tired and we try to go see everything as if we were 20 years old. This may be crazy, but it's what we do.

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Thanks for the Travelogue

Gene,

Just wanted you to know how much we are enjoying your travels/posts. I know what a pain it is to plan, see the sights, take pics, write-up the days events and then stay up until the wee hours to post for your forum friends. But, WE DO APPRECIATE IT!

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Thanks, Ron. Your signature is an inspiration to all Type A personalities: "Dream like you're going to live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow, and dance like nobody is watching!"

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Friday. After several days of sunny skies, the clouds came in from a Pacific storm and rain is predicted through the weekend. Temps in the 50’s. Fortunately the worst rain is north of here. We made the 39 mile drive to Big Sur through light rain, clouds and fog, all at different times. Sometimes we could see the ocean, sometimes not. The storm, being north of us, is pushing the waves against the shores, so the surf was pretty high in places.

The Coast Range becomes hills near the ocean without much in the way of trees, probably because of the wind. What trees we saw are windblown cypress—they look like trees in Chinese paintings—a succession of horizontal planes one above the other. Otherwise, it’s grass on the hills. Some ranches and some houses south of Carmel By the Sea, until we got to Big Sur. Here we there are redwoods and broadleaf trees covering the land. There’s really nothing like a town. It’s cafes, a few very expensive gas stations ($4.59), shops, small groceries, campgrounds and motels along the highway for several miles. On the way here, all the few gas stations were on the other side of the road, so we didn’t get gas, but we brought a couple of 5 gallon cans with us because we knew about gas prices here.

Since I didn’t check about campgrounds until several weeks ago, we were lucky to get a campsite. Someone had canceled. Most of the private campgrounds are located in the valley of the Big Sur River and access is difficult.

Fernwood has a one lane road at a sharp angle to turn in from the north. You can’t see the bottom, so you hope no one is coming up with an RV. If so, someone has to surrender and it’s probably the guy going down since there’s no where to go backing down at the bottom. At the bottom is a U turn around a small building with a big rock waiting to tear out the side of the trailer. Sometimes people park cars on the turn making it more difficult. Worried I might have the back of the trailer hit the cars, I didn’t start out quite wide enough and had to back a few times to turn the trailer away from it. The turn is also steep, so the bumper can drag while backing. The skid plates fortunately raised the bumper enough. The right side of the truck comes within inches of tree, then when you get around the turn and the tree, you have to get between two more trees. Then down the road a little ways and into a camping area by the river where you have to back to a site. It’s muddy too. Once you are here, you have water and electric for $45/night. If you want to use the dump station, it’s another $20. Obviously they don’t want you to use it and it’s primarily for a small cafe and bar and some motel units.

I expected this, having stayed at another place up the road several years ago. After not hitting anything, although fearing I would get stuck between the trees and the rock, and possibly getting the bumper hung up on the steep hill, there is a great sense of accomplishment. Now I can do anything!

We have the best site here—at the end of this camping area with the river out the back window. We can hear the river water coming over a one foot high drop off. There are trees all around, once again benign and not threatening.

The rain has stopped for now and the light is muted. It’s cool (58˚) and humid (98%). Tonight we can watch a few episodes of the first year of Mad Men. Tomorrow I don’t know what Barb has planned for us other than going to Cafe Nepenthe. It has a great view of the ocean. It is positioned high on a bluff over the water.

Saturday. Our big adventure was to go to Henry Miller library where they have books, some LP’s, memorabilia, a “sculpture garden” and show movies in the summer outside. He used to live here. In the garden were more ladybugs than I’ve ever seen. We also drove a but south to view the ocean, but it’s cloudy and everything looks dingy. Then we went to Cafe Nepenthe. It’s 800’ above the Pacific and on a nice day the view is great. Light rain, on and off, took the sparkle out of things. There’s a upstairs restaurant, mostly enclosed and one below with lower prices and more of a breakfast menu. Most of the tables have free standing umbrellas to keep you dry. Ravens are perched on the railing and the roof waiting for someone to walk away from their food for a minute. The ravens are very patient. Second breakfast came a half hour after we ordered and was good. Below this level is a gift shoppe where we spent too much time.

Otherwise, what you do here is hang out and look at the trees and the River, catch up on reading and take naps. The bar has a band tonight and maybe we’ll have the energy to go, or just watch more Mad Men.

Tomorrow we drive about 70 miles to Morro Bay and look at the rock.

Sunday. It rained all night and the drops fall on the trees, pool on the leaves and come plunking and plinging on the roof. While a steady light rain on the roof sounds peaceful, plinks and plunks in no particular order aren’t. By morning, it was dreary and grey and wet, again.

We hitfched up and proceeded to the road out. This time no one was parked on the outside of the 150˚ turn, and since I could go on the outside, it was easy. We started down Cal. 1. Visibility was poor. Last time we were here it was sunny, so this is a letdown. The road winds south with little in the way of town until south of San Simeon. Part of the way is well treed. Sometimes it is close down to the ocean, especially in the southern part of the route. It’s slow trip, but that’s fine because it’s beautiful even though dreary.

We stopped at a turn out and saw a lot of people there. They were watching giant slugs—up to 1,600 lbs.—that had been created by radioactivity during World War II. They call them elephant seals these days. There were at least 100 along the beach. They lie on the beach up against each other with the males challenging each other from time to time though I can’t see what the guys see in the ladies.

Then to Morro Bay Dunes RV Park. It’s mostly asphalt and seems to be people who stay a long time. It has what we need for a night. We walked down to the beach, but the rain was blowing in our faces, so we went back to the trailer and decided to go to Trader Joe’s in San Luis Obispo 16 miles south. That worked well and then we thought we’d go out to dinner. The Chinese restaurant here didn’t sound all that good in reviews I found and the fine dining place didn’t have what we wanted, so eating in started to sound best. We think it stopped raining, but aren’t sure.

Morro Rock: it's the remains of a volcano and has been quarried for jetties and breakwaters along the coast. You can drive out to it (we didn't) in the harbor. We could see it through the fog.

Tomorow, south and then east. We’ll get to Josphua Tree NP in a day and a half.

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1. The Pacific between Monterey and Big Sur.
2. Our campsite at Big Sur before more cars came.
3. The Big Sur River next to our campsite.
4. The Henry Miller Library. The model on the left has been following me around for years.
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1. A "sculpture" behind the Henry Miller Library.
2. …and Marilyn too.
3. View south from Cafe Nepenthe.
4. View west from Cafe Nepenthe.
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Even More.

1. At the Cafe, a woman sips her coffee, while…
2. A raven watches and waits and waits for a bit of food. I guess it's better than eating insects.
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