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- February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am #44697
This week marked the beginning of on-line booking for RV camping in state parks in Maine. Since I hope to engage in dry camping in state and national parks in New England in 2017, this is a fun week!
This year I hope to learn from mistakes made in 2016. The key mistake I made was not selecting campsites which are good for the solar panels. The challenge for me is to visit new places and select sunny sites in advance. Most states do not use Google Earth technology, but Maine is making progress in that regard.
If you look at the link below, it lists the campgrounds in state parks in Maine. Notice the heading on the right-hand side of the page entitled, “Campsite Photos on Google Earth”.
Yesterday, I booked a camp site at Lake St George in a sunny location! (15U) Since the campground is dog friendly, has ready access to a ball field for Buddy and has access to the lake. We should have a great time.
Let’s all hope for an early spring!
BuzzyFebruary 8, 2017 at 11:18 am #44700
WOW Buzzy great tip!
We have solar panels coming too. We may need to be boondocking on our own country land someday.
Maybe if 99% says so we will get up to New England in the Fall someday.
It sounds and looks in photos, videos, and movies to be breathtakingly beautiful.
We all are much blessed and give all Glory to God for living in such spectacular land.
Blessings out to yea kind sir. AND yes this year is shaping up to be the best.
1 user thanked author for this post.February 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm #44706
John E DaviesParticipant@john-e-davies
Most states do not use Google Earth technology, but Maine is making progress in that regard. If you look at the link below, it lists the campgrounds in state parks in Maine. Notice the heading on the right-hand side of the page entitled, “Campsite Photos on Google Earth”.
That is interesting, I haven’t seen that before, but it makes lots of sense.
I routinely use GE to look at camping destinations, but having the numbered sites superimposed on the photo is brilliant – much simpler and more intuitive than switching back and forth between a campground site map and GE.
I normally check Street View, to see what the surrounding roads and buildings are like, to determine how busy or noisy the area might be. It would sure be nice if the GE camera cars drove all through the campgrounds, but I think that probably won’t happen any time soon.
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1 user thanked author for this post.February 8, 2017 at 2:07 pm #44708
In addition to the Google Earth image, if you click on a specific site two pictures appear. For me, it is an iterative process where I use GE to determine the type of tree canopy. (I try to avoid conifers.) I then search for the largest sites assuming I would have greater options where I place Ollie. The campgrounds typically have six different size lots. Once I have the largest lots identified, I examine the detailed pictures to see if perhaps full sun exists somewhere on the lot. I can usually find what I seek. As a case in point, at the Mount Blue State Park, site number 77X (The “X” indicates extra-large site.) looks great whereas most of the sites appear to be heavily shaded. Where there’s a will, there’s a way!
BuzzyFebruary 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm #44712
Great tips Buzzy!
Sounds like you are really gearing up for Buddy Bear! Excitement.
He is one lucky doggy having you for his daddy.
Yall are gonna have a blast together.
Hope you make liberal use of your video camera.
Hey, silly question mine. You are a Kayaker right?
- How do you tow plus bring one along?
Do you fasten it to your truck roof (or open bed?)
Wonder how Canoe12 will pack his too.
Are any of those blow up kind any good or a waste of money?
I need to hunt up a picture if I have one of my kiddy blow up boat.
Not really keen on fishys biting my toes and legs.
Staying on the thing without rolling over the surf a challenge.
Have landed flat on my face many times.
Now J is a real beach bunny.
His favorite sitting in the surf finding shells and sand dollars for me.
I see with tears in my eyes the real joy of a little boy before me.
- Guess one could rent something at the portages?
We rented a pontoon boat once in Mary Esther, FL and went out on the bay side and caught HUGE sea cats.
Hauling them in as fast as we recast our lines.
Went on the usual big party boats to fish also. Best Red Snapper ever in the Destin area.
Joe went on overnighters with the fellas too.
Yes, Warren this will be the best year yet!
1 user thanked author for this post.February 8, 2017 at 8:11 pm #44717
dharmardrParticipant@dharmardrFebruary 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm #44720
Mike and CarolModerator@mike-and-carol
Buzzy, Ollie boondocking is in progress for 2017. We are joining the Outlaw Oliver in Quartzsite, AZ tomorrow for a few days of dry camping (they’ve been there a couple weeks already). Then we’re going to Joshua Tree NP, CA for a week of dry camping. Not sure where we’ll be after that, we’ll stay flexible. Mike
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1 user thanked author for this post.February 9, 2017 at 4:24 am #44729
I place my kayak(s) on the roof of the F150. Since they are 17.5ft and 16ft long, using a ladder rack would interfere with Ollie. Most kayaks are not as long so you have more options on where to carry. Chances are, with the arrival of Buddy, my kayaks and gear may go on a long term loan to my nephew. I suspect Buddy would prefer a row boat! 🙂
1 user thanked author for this post.February 9, 2017 at 5:53 am #44730
Never thought about Buddy being stowed in the kayak.
You’re right he would want to see out.
Yes a rowboat is in order for Buddy Boyo.
Could be able to get a small electric motor too I’ll bet.
With having Aussie Poodlish in him you may just have a herding-swimming water dog.
How precious your camping with Buddy Bear will be dear Warren.
We are so very blessed to have the Agape love of these creators our Creator made for us.
Wiping a tear here.
Yes, for sure keep us posted and full of movies of yall’s adventures.
Under the Stories sub-forum start a thread for us dog lovers of you and Buddy.
Start with picking him up and his introduction to your Oliver.
I only wish our Forums had puppy breath and petting o visions.
Since it has been awhile check out our Check List of “boning up” to bring home a new pup and beyond.
We certainly needed my research before our Scots came home.
Challenging breed? You betcha.
Buddy with his great mix background will be highly intelligent and easy to train.
Mabbe is light years easier and even sweeter than our Neyll.
Herders are people pleasures and can read minds.
Moose? Well he just was good looking.
He obviously must have been a blonde wheaten in disguise.
Now he is just as bright and perfect as your Buzzy.
Bless their hearts. Running together with all the Oliver Babies who have passed.
Buzzy directed you here you know.
It was no accident one of the kind posters here helped you find him.
Just like Myrtle stopped her daddy’s watch the moment she passed.
She told her sobbing Daddy she arrived is loved us so.
2 kind people heard our Scotty Appeal via posting on the Net.
I’ll need to tell that story.
Camping Oliver Canines ?
Love to yah and the Bud Man.
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