Day 1, Tuesday….Arrive in Thomson and set up Hughesnet dish in our campsite…great signal….no connection!!…Dennis tried all day…NADA!
Day 2, Wednesday…Left Hiker there and drove 1 hr and 45 min. back home to Sandwich with Hughesnet dish, receiver, transmitter, desktop, router,..etc. and so on, in the truck..Tried Hughesnet at home…nope..a big NOT HAPPENING!! Wed AM Den spends 3 hrs on phone with Hughesnet tech ( Abdul A.K.A. “Mark”, from a foreign land) …zip, zero, zilch. “Mark” says we need someone to come to our house and take a look …$125 house call.. A tech will call us and make appt…Grabbed our laptop in case we need it, and drove 1 3/4 hrs. back to Thomson and our Hiker, the GMC full of “blue air”..
Day 3. ..Thurs. AM, tech calls makes appt. for Monday, the 20th..OK..we have to pull up stakes and leave here Sunday. Suddenly, a light bulb shines above McGyver’s head …We drive the GMC 10 miles to Clinton, Iowa to the Verizon Store..Get all the info but don’t purchase…yet. Drive back to Hiker and drink heavily..Call Hughesnet tech and cancel appt.
Day 4..Friday, AM…mulling over the possibilities…Wouldn’t it be sooo much nicer to travel without the big Hughesnet dish, tripod and transmitter…and save Den all the work of the setup every time we land somewhere. HMMMMM…McGyver calls and cancels Hughesnet tech appt…AND.. calls and cancels our entire Hughesnet account…YOU GO MCGYVER!! cocktail hour is a long one Friday night.
Day 5..Sat AM, drive GMC 10 miles back to Clinton, Iowa from our Hiker and sign up for Veriizon wireless…Get back to Hiker and drag out laptop….Get set up…good Verizon signal on both phones and laptop..but cannot browse on any of them…GRRRRR…A call to Verizon tech…says we must have a bad “device”..advises to take it back to Verizon LCC store…SAY WHAT???? ok…Den goes alone, I stay at the Hiker to brood. Den calls from Verizon Store… they try it there and all seems well. Den comes back and tries again..still no browsing. WISH I HAD SOME VALIUM!!! Where is Rick when you need him??? McGyver puts on his “techno geek” hat and does a few things to our laptop…WALLA!! WE ARE NOW WIRELESS!! (We both lost our screws long ago anyway.) McGyver has regained his title as GODMAN!!
Day 6…Sunday….Trying to get the catch out of my neck and shoulders….Here are some photos of our campsite and surroundings..I will not bore you anymore with our story…as we are now finally CAMPING after 5 days of trauma….
Note in right photo, the Hughesnet dish on tripod…the trouble begins here.
We are in “lilypad” Heaven…on Turtle Crossing Road…
Left, the outdoor amphitheater..Right, a campsight for military families only……:-)
Left is our site..We didn’t get the bikes off the rack until Friday..SHEESH!
Notice that the Hughesnet dish is now EL GONNO!! We are technologically exhausted….
This is a really nice park…We were planning on staying for 2 weeks….but we are leaving this Tuesday after only a week….Like, I said ..sometimes life just gets in the way. We need to go home….and relax. ;-/
“LIVE IS JUST A BOWL OF CHERRIES…WITHOUT THE PITS REMOVED”