TechNomadia visits the RTR & a Review of Their Smartphone App: US Public Lands
This year we’ve had the great good fortune to have several other bloggers drop by. The amazing Glenn Morrissette of “To Simplify” dropped in for a few days and my old friend Randy Vinning of “Mobile Codgers” also was here for awhile and lead a Question and Answer session. Check out Glenn’s blog at http://www.tosimplify.net/ and Randy’s at http://mobilecodgers.blogspot.com/.
Then we had the great good fortune that Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard who are the creators of the outstanding blog “Technomadia” very kindly agreed to come out and do a meet and greet and a Q&A session. I’ve long been an admirer of their blog but meeting them in person was a real joy!
Not only were they super nice, but we threw some pretty tough questions at them and they answered each of them like it was child’s-play. Every new thing I have to learn is giant mountain for me to climb so I really admire people who can whiz through technical stuff like they can. Check out their blog here: http://www.technomadia.com/
When word got out that they would be coming by everyone was excited so we had between 50-60 people there to meet them, ask questions and gain from their knowledge. It probably would have been more but it was also the first day of the Big Tent RV Show so many of our folks were there.
But they aren’t just “super geeks” they’re also “super nomads“! They’ve been living on the road for 9 years and are currently in a vintage bus that they converted into their mobile castle, so they are experts in everything technology and everything nomadic–that makes them very special! I give their blog my highest recommendation!! Check it out here: http://www.technomadia.com/
Review Of Their App, US Public Lands
Chris and Cherie created what I think is the very best Smartphone App ever made for boondockers called US Public Lands. If you have ever wanted to know where to camp on Public Land, you need to go and buy this App right now! Once I’ve decided on an area where I want to camp, it’s the very first and best tool that I have to find a campsite.
The reason it’s so powerful and useful is that they’ve combined an overlay of all US Public Land (like National Forest and BLM land) over a Google map and then made it so you could switch to that same area looking at a Google Earth Satellite view. In either view you can turn the overlay on or off depending on if you need it right then or not. Let me give you an example of how you could use it:
Let’s say you are coming to my camp in Ehrenberg and you need to find my camp and look for other areas on BLM land. After you start the App you would enter “Ehrenberg, AZ” in the search bar and get the Google map of it. In the screen shot below, notice the Gold overlay, that’s the marking for BLM Land so now you know exactly where it is and you can zoom in even closer for more detail.
But just the map won’t help you find a camp site so you switch to the Google Satellite view and you can zoom in very tight and pick a campsite right in a group of trees and look at the quality of the roads. Because I find the colored overlay of Public Land a distraction I usually switch it off in Satellite view to study the lay of the land. But with a tap of a button I can toggle it on or off.
But, here’s the best thing of all! If your Smartphone has GPS you can turn it on and have a Real-Time pin-marker of your exact location on the map. So if I’m looking for a camp on National Forest or BLM land as I drive along I can actually watch the pin marking my location move along the road and as soon as I enter BLM land I can see it enter the gold BLM overlay. Since I know I’m on BLM land, I cab pull over and switch to Satellite view and start looking for little roads I can turn down to find a camp. Rather than drive down every road I can preview them on my Satellite view. Best of all, I can keep checking the overlay and know if I’m leaving Public Land and entering private or state land.
I think It’s a tremendously useful tool and every boondocker should have it! You can get it on Google Play and I assume at the Apple store.