Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Trying a new net connection scheme :)

sometimes, things work out... Im hoping that this one continues to be one of those times!

Due to the kindness of my friend Lesa (of http://simplylesa.blogspot.com/) fame, I have available to use an older phone that is capable of generating it's own Hotspot..  With Millenicom going away, and Verizon now charging me $99 a month for 20 gigs of data, I decided that it might be time to make another change.. seems to be that kind of year so far!

I have ordered (since the local Walmart didn't have it in stock) a bring your own device package to get an unlimited phone/data plan on the phone I've been gifted..  I "Think" that it should handle all my data needs through it's own hotspot, and allow me to continue to use the laptop for web browsing, blog postings, emails and what have you.  That is my hope, then I will drop Verizon like a hot rock!

my next verizon bill is in 10 days, so I have that much lead time to see if it does a good enough job, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

UPDATE  well, it's been a week of exclusive net access using the phone to generate a hotspot.. the connection has been good enough for all of my 'general' net use..  so just got off the Verizon site after suspending my WIFI device with them.. if I continue to feel no loss then I'll kill the account entirely in July when the suspension ends.  is nice to go to an unlimited data stream while paying only half of what I used to, and for general usage this be plenty :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Campsite Near Payson Arizona Discovered!

New campsite for me that is!

just to the east of Payson,Az on Highway 260 there is a road that drops south about a half a mile, get back in there and you can pull right up near a retention pond for the animals, is room for 4 or 5 vehicles if they like each other or other turns of the road you could take to get more solitude, spent the past 4 days there in the company of some other Vandwellers, and had a really nice stay just taking life easy and gathering around the fire every morning.

some good walking both in the woods and on the trails in the area, as well as some great potential spots to hike into!  Since I'm working my way toward backpacking, I intend to do just that before winter hits, and I wont be at all surprised if I tent camp at this site again.

Now, downside.. sadly some folks (I'm assuming from Payson) have come out here and illegally dumped yard waste in the area.. I've decided that each time I go there I have a mission to clean it up!!  As long as fire restrictions are NOT in place, when I visit, I will be burning all the crap that comes with civilization and trying to help restore the beauty that should be there!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

sharing a new blog address

This one isn't getting much love lately as I'm sure you have noticed...

but, I have started another one that seems to interest me more for now..  Please feel free to drop in and comment if you see anything that calls to you or stirs a question.

http://livingonfoot.blogspot.com/  Lately, I'm feeling more inclined to walk :)