|Hood Canal WA, it just looks good!|
I have a smart phone (that's really a computer) in my pocket that can take pictures & I can call people with it too!
It's my address book, my calendar, my calculator & a place to keep notes just to mention a few.
As a 'plus', it acts as my gps, it shows me a good map of where I am, it shows me where the gas stations are & what fuel costs there. I can find assorted campgrounds and free places to park over night . The phone even has games if you want.
|Gasbuddy app on an Android phone. |
The blank station didn't have a report
in 48 hrs so the price went blank.
I have a Garmin GPS. It's a stand alone tool who's only job is to tell me how to get somewhere and what's around me when I ask it.
Well, it's also an accurate speedometer too.
It doesn't need the internet, it just needs the sky & its memory card.
One of the most valuable features is finding a grocery store in a strange town.
Before the gps days I'd have to stop & ask where the grocery store was...
Walmarts & rest areas also at the touch of a button. Good places to know about it you need a spot to stop for the night while you're traveling.
After a stop at the POI Factory my gps can show me the places from "Diners, drive-ins & dives" that's along my route!
I have a Kindle Paperwhite to read books on. Not the same as a real book, but good enough. I can read at night or in the day, I have a lot of books with me that take up no space and with the internet, Amazon & the Gutenberg Project I can get almost any book I want to read!
Plus there are a lot of paperback exchanges all over the country.
I have a mifi to give me internet most of the time. Being hooked to the internet is a big part of this being the "Golden Age."
I have a Rand McNally road atlas because sometimes you just need a map.
The best maps of the states are the ones they give you at the first rest area in a state if you come in on an interstate highway.
I have my computer too. It does this writing, it stores the pictures I take (with digital camera & a phone I take a LOT of pictures), it keeps track of the places I want to go to and the assorted tips I've picked up along the way. The computer also plays movies & can do television.
I have a wonderful companion & wife, we have a camper that meets our needs, we have electronics/technology & the internet, we have reasonably good roads, plentiful gasoline. I can still walk, remember my name and I get money sent to my bank account every month! With a credit union that does "shared branching" I'm almost never too far away from my bank no matter where I am in the country.
I am living in the "golden age" !!