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mep1811

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I've used Free campsites and IOverlander with success. I like how one can filter out places in IOverland to eliminate rest-stops etc. Since these apps rely on users adding new places and rating existing places it is up to us to keep these apps updated and accurate.
 
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Not all of us need the same type of space to park and sleep. Site in the mtns with a clear creek running by is the best, but when you need to go quickly from point A to B, there might not be such a spot and a Bass Pro Shop or a Walmart is most enjoyable given the circumstances.
 

grubworm

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Not all of us need the same type of space to park and sleep. Site in the mtns with a clear creek running by is the best, but when you need to go quickly from point A to B, there might not be such a spot and a Bass Pro Shop or a Walmart is most enjoyable given the circumstances.
Exactly...any port in a storm!
 
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Lanlubber

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I've used Free campsites and IOverlander with success. I like how one can filter out places in IOverland to eliminate rest-stops etc. Since these apps rely on users adding new places and rating existing places it is up to us to keep these apps updated and accurate.
Just now realizing you are in El Paso Tx. Are you in the Army there ? I was born there and moved away in late 1996. I'm just up the road from you, so if you come my way let me know and maybe we can ride a trail or two up here in what I call God's country.
 

Lanlubber

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Not all of us need the same type of space to park and sleep. Site in the mtns with a clear creek running by is the best, but when you need to go quickly from point A to B, there might not be such a spot and a Bass Pro Shop or a Walmart is most enjoyable given the circumstances.
I see a lot of Over landers and permanent Bob Well's tribe people here at Walmart all the time. We have a lot of BLM land here in Mimbres Valley NM if any of you come this way. I haven't found even a fraction of the trails to venture yet, but I'm working on it. Come my way we'll do it together.
 

Lanlubber

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Sounds like a cool app to utilize … I'll have my kids figure out first they are electronically smarter than I am.
Ditto, double ditto !
Thank you for the info.. I'm not familiar with what equipment you all are using to find these app's. Can you clue me in some. I have a good truckers GPS to find things as long as I know something about the location but that's it. I don't have a smart phone, never wanted something smarter than me. I haven't figured out yet how all you good people get internet yet. Is there anything that I can buy that is low cost and usable for a Dumbo ?
 

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I gotta get to NM..........again :-)
Bring your LRD and I'll take mine, we'll check out a few hills and dales you might like.
I use them separately but together. :)
So if I’m out of service range iOverlander won’t display a map, however it will still give me a blue dot for my location and campsites nearby. The info is already preloaded for description and coordinates independent of service. Then I use Gaia to map out the coordinates to locate the site. If you have service iOverlander can handle all that for you.

No can’t complain, I used it to find these spots as well.

The ocean is just over the berm
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Boy, does that forest remind me of my youth !! You bet it does. Lived near Lake Tahoe in 1946 and 47. The forest were awesome then. I use to climb the mountains and look down into the valleys and see hundreds of deer grazing the pastures below me. I lived only a short walk from a tributary river to the Sacramento river. The water was pure and clean and running quickly through the high rocky gorge and calm water deep pools where we swam all day at times. I have to get back there one day if I can find it. I may not like it anymore because of population growth and deforestation that took place in the 70's.
 

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iPhone works for this dumbo :-)
It's a GPS and phone in one, plus holds lots of applications, which are toys to get you what you want.

It will involve learning something new, BUT it is NOT learning technical computer stuff AT ALL, that is a misconception. It is simply pushing buttons, just as with a typewriter, that do different things, just like pushing A to get an A typed on a piece of paper.

You can use a typewriter, right? You push "A" and an A appears in type, right? It's the same with a smart phone, you press Home to unlock, and it unlocks. Then you push what you want: Camera, Messages, Gmail, Google, etc., forever :-)

It does take time to learn, but it is SO worth it, handy as all hell. It will get you places, just like a GPS, BUT it will route you the best and shortest way, AROUND accidents, etc.
And find the best restaurants, museums, whatever you want.

Dive in the pool and be prepared to ASK for help, from everyone, even strangers, it WILL work.
 

Lanlubber

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I hear you but this app was created for people who are international travelers. So sometimes just finding a safe place to sleep is crucial.
Small town Wal-marts are pretty good places to overnight, not anything like the big city's. A lot of us don't travel the interstate either. I'm 60 miles from an interstate but close to a 2 lane highway that crosses the whole state almost in Limbo and traveled lightly. Wal-marts are about 100 miles apart here in NM., but BLM free sites are abundant everywhere in NM so Wal- mart is really a last choice. I like how if I get tired all I have to do is turn off on almost any dirt side road and park for whatever time I need. Of course I am armed and ready for anything anytime I am boondocking. Looters and bad guys beware !
 

grubworm

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Small town Wal-marts are pretty good places to overnight, not anything like the big city's. A lot of us don't travel the interstate either. I'm 60 miles from an interstate but close to a 2 lane highway that crosses the whole state almost in Limbo and traveled lightly. Wal-marts are about 100 miles apart here in NM., but BLM free sites are abundant everywhere in NM so Wal- mart is really a last choice. I like how if I get tired all I have to do is turn off on almost any dirt side road and park for whatever time I need. Of course I am armed and ready for anything anytime I am boondocking. Looters and bad guys beware !
New Mexico is pretty good...we went to Calsbad Caverns last year and boondocked about 15 miles from there....not a soul around for many miles and the sky at night was incredible. Definitely going back and heading southwest of Truth or Consequences, drove thru there and saw some great free camp sites.
 
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iPhone works for this dumbo :-)
It's a GPS and phone in one, plus holds lots of applications, which are toys to get you what you want.

It will involve learning something new, BUT it is NOT learning technical computer stuff AT ALL, that is a misconception. It is simply pushing buttons, just as with a typewriter, that do different things, just like pushing A to get an A typed on a piece of paper.

You can use a typewriter, right? You push "A" and an A appears in type, right? It's the same with a smart phone, you press Home to unlock, and it unlocks. Then you push what you want: Camera, Messages, Gmail, Google, etc., forever :-)

It does take time to learn, but it is SO worth it, handy as all hell. It will get you places, just like a GPS, BUT it will route you the best and shortest way, AROUND accidents, etc.
And find the best restaurants, museums, whatever you want.

Dive in the pool and be prepared to ASK for help, from everyone, even strangers, it WILL work.
Thanks, every thing you said I understand. I don't own an iPhone, just a small simple Verizon phone that wont even let me hear my voice messages. It's pretty stupid and combined with me being Dumb, it's hardly usable except to use as a telephone. Between the walkie talkie and my land line tel. service combined with my internet I already pay out over $200 a month. I cant give up my land line because it is my Fax as well and I need it. How much will it cost to add a smart phone service ?? I'm told the phone alone is $6 or $7 hundred dollars. I'll probably leave the technical locating devices to you smarter guys and just use BLM maps or accidental discoveries to find my way. Much Obliged for your info, it just made me know how dumb I really am.
 
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Lanlubber

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New Mexico is pretty good...we went to Calsbad Caverns last year and boondocked about 15 miles from there....not a soul around for many miles and the sky at night was incredible. Definitely going back and heading southwest of Truth or Consequences, drove thru there and saw some great free camp sites.
If you go that way again, go towards El Paso and stop at the camp grounds at Guadeloupe state park. Up around Alamogordo and Northward are many beautiful spots, then west over to Socorro NM, then west again to Datil and into the Lincoln National forest in any direction will blow your mind. It's hard to give a good route because if you go one way you'll miss this site, or if you go the other way you will miss something else. It's a state that you could wander around for a month and still want to see more. My mom was born in Shreveport La. and moved to Tx. when see was 6-7. I've only been through La. but I found it to be a very interesting state but I don't think I could live with the humidity there or any of the gulf coast states. I'm a lizard and gotta have the dryer sunnier states.
 
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mep1811

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Just now realizing you are in El Paso Tx. Are you in the Army there ? I was born there and moved away in late 1996. I'm just up the road from you, so if you come my way let me know and maybe we can ride a trail or two up here in what I call God's country.
Cool. I am not in the Military. I'm a retired Civil servant.
 
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Thanks for this, I just downloaded the app. I am excited to see what it has to offer in my area!