Letter Home 7

Where we’ve been and what we’ve done, from Tucson Arizona to Lordsburg Arizona

Pima Air & Space Museum http://www.pimaair.org/

Thunderbirds http://afthunderbirds.com/site/

Davis-Monthan AFB https://www.dm.af.mil/

Lordsburg KOA 15:28

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatwander/

The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner and Fresh Fallen Snow by Chris Haugen, Demise by Ethan Meixsell, Heavy by Huma Huma, Flex by Jeremy Blake available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Letter Home 6

Where we’ve been and what we’ve done, from Casa Grande Arizona to Tucson Arizona

Casa Grande 0:26

Fiesta Grande Resort https://fiestagrande.org/

Tuscon Pima Fairgrounds 0:36

59th Escapees Escapade https://www.escapees.com/event/59th-escapade/

Chip and the potato thingee 1:42

Saguaro National Park 3:10 https://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm

Jackrabbit 5:27

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatwander/

The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Way Out west, Fresh Fallen Snow and Mirage by Chris Haugen, Beth by VYEN available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

It’s Bat o-clock!

Each evening when staying at Maverick Ranch RV Resort in Lajitas, TX we’re treated to a bat ballet.

If we’re patient and still, the bats will fly within feet of us.

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatwander/

The music used is Fig Leaf Times Two by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200096

Artist: http://incompetech.com/

available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Letter Home 5

Where we’ve been and what we’ve done, from Baker City California to Palm Springs.

The times below correspond to times in the video above. You can either fast forward or watch the video on youtube and the same text there will have links to take you to the given locations.

Baker City CA 0:08

Bakersfield RV Resort http://www.bakersfieldrvresort.com

Palm Springs 0:42

Sky Valley Resort 0:54

https://www.skyvalleyresort.com

Palm Springs 2:02

Coachella Nature Preserve 0:22

http://coachellavalleypreserve.org

Joshua Tree National Park 5:04

https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

Stone Buddha 5:39

Cholla Cactus Garden 7:06

Leaving Palm Springs 7:55

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatwander/

The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Way Out west, Fresh Fallen Snow and Mirage by Chris Haugen, Beth by VYEN available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Letter Home 4

Where we’ve been and what we’ve done, from Northern California to Yosemite.

Willit’s KOA 00:22

Drive-through tree park 00:56

One-log house 2:10

Richardson Grove State Park 2:25

Napa Fairgrounds & City 3:17

Sterling Vineyard 4:07

William Harrison Winery 6:07

Driving to Yosemite 6:28

Yosemite Pines RV Resort 7:00

Yosemite Day 1 8:25

Yosemite Day 2 10:18

Yosemite Day 3 12:54

Leaving Yosemite 16:00

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatwander/

The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Way Out west, Fresh Fallen Snow and Mirage by Chris Haugen, Beth by VYEN available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Regularly Grooming RV Sites?

Is it really that difficult?

We know of at least two camps that would say no.

Hacienda RV Resort in Las Cruces


and Mountaindale Cabins & RV Resort in Colorado Springs.

Most other camps seem to never groom their sites or only do it at the end of the season, regardless of how uneven the sites have become. We’re looking at you, Glenwood Canyon Resort in Glenwood Springs.

Major kudos to both Hacienda and Mountaindale!

Letter Home 3

Lovely beaches

This latest letter has us going down the Oregon coast from Thor’s Well to Brookings.

Look for more travel stories at https://dragonseye.com/blog/category/greatescape/

Jesse M Honeyman State park 0:25

Happy Bouncy Dog on the beach 0:42

Car stuck in the sand 1:12

Oregon sand dunes 1:24

Florence Oregon 1:55

Superbly awesome Harris Beach 2:12

William H Boardman Scenic Corridor 4:17

More Harris Beach 5:25

The music used is 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner, Way Out west and Mirage by Chris Haugen available from Google https://www.youtube.com/audiolibrary/music

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Black swan?

“is black swan tasty?”

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2111815549089796?view=permalink&id=2334088456862503

Camp Summaries Part IV

The final set from the first leg of the Great Wander. I stopped doing a voiceover after the first camp. It’s hard to find a quiet place on the road.

I’m hoping we’ll be able to do more frequent, smaller letters from the road rather than these huge updates.

Without further ado…

Open letter to Netflix and Amazon about VPN use

Please give us a way to certify that we aren’t spoofing our location to get around region blocks.

There’s a large group of people like us who travel regularly, need to use whatever wifi is available and also need to make sure our online usage is protected as much as it can be.

We would also like to watch the streaming service we’re paying for.

While we understand that there is (probably) a larger number of people using VPNs to get around region blocks, there are many who are not.

Who are they?

RV’ers.

We may move weekly or monthly and aren’t always sure how we’ll be connected to the indispensable internet once we finish moving and set up camp.

We may connect through free camp wifi to save on our precious minutes or because even with a cell booster, we can’t use our phone or hotspot. 

And more often than not, the camp wifi is unsecured.  Even if it’s secured, who knows if everyone in the camp can be trusted.  A VPN is not just a good idea.  It’s the only idea.

Even if we can connect to our cell plan we may want to keep the additional layer of safety going.

If you have a trusted VPN, the next problem you’ll have is that your streaming service has probably blocked great swaths of IP addresses that your VPN uses.  You may even find that where you purchase 1/4 of your products has also decided to block VPNs for normal buying access.

Netflix and Amazon.  I’m talking to you.

Even if you have a VPN service that claims you can use either, it means that you’ll be engaged in an endless game of whack-a-mole as the service blocks IP addresses and your VPN opens up new addresses to get around the block.

One day you’ll be streaming safely and the next day, you’re locked out.

Netflix and Amazon, let your users certify that they’re using VPN for their own safety.

There are many ways you could validate where we’re actually logging in from, both before and after we activate the VPN.  Let us do this so that we can browse safely and use the streaming services WE’RE PAYING FOR.

You’ll make the honest users happier and happy users are more likely to give you more money.

Unhappy users are more likely to jump ship.

Please.  Just do this.

I know that for us, this one thing is the only thing that’s making us think about cutting the virtual streaming cord.