Us technomads are pretty easy to please. We like pretty places to be and explore. We like an affordable place to be, free is great too! We like being around people we adore. And we love fast unlimited bandwidth.
This next leg of our adventure, had our technomadic dreams being fulfilled! And with the eBook version of ‘The Mobile Internet Handbook’ published at last, we gave ourselves some time to take a slower pace, get out exploring and spending time with our friends Forrest & Mary!
Craters of the Moon
Our reason for diverting to Arco, ID with our caravan buddies was to check out Craters of the Moon National Monument. It’s a lava field from eruptions some mere few thousand years ago.
We parked our RVs at Mountain View RV Park in Arco, and took a day trip over to the park to explore for an afternoon. I’ve explored Volcano National Park in Hawaii before, so I thought I was prepared for the scenic feast that would be presented. But nothing really can prepare you for this.
It’s just simply.. breathtaking. Molten lava gone wild, leaving behind a mixture of black rock with life emerging through the crusty surface.
The park is a drive through loop with many pull offs with trails to explore. We did as many of them as our crew could endure. As the day progressed, it gets warmer and warmer as the heat radiates off the surface rocks.
The last stop on the tour is the caverns, which are clearly labeled as needing a permit to go into. We didn’t have one, but we probably could have ignored that requirement. But I couldn’t ignore the heat, or the thirst, that had built up. If I had it to do over again, I’d start with the cave exploring first.
Incidentally, we explored the campground in the park – and feel that both our 35′ bus and Forrest & Mary’s 40′ RV could have found spaces there. We’ll definitely keep that in mind for next time through. I’d love to explore this area more.
And Forrest and Mary were complete virgins to wild camping – so we were delighted to share the experience with them and introduce them to the lifestyle.
We did some poking around for options along our route, and selected Magic Reservoir.
We turned down a little BLM road, and poked our way 10 miles into the town of West Magic and followed signs down gravel roads along with trusting our instincts.
And then we landed here:
A perfect view of the reservoir and the Sawtooth Mountains. And all to ourselves.
It’s what our heart and souls have been craving.
It was also the perfect place to get all of our test solar panels hooked up and start some intensive testing while relying on them as our source of electrons.
The only downside was the internet signal was a bit spotty at our location. We could have selected a spot with better signal. But we couldn’t resist living on our own little secluded peninsula.
Even us technomads choose views over connectivity sometimes.
If we needed faster signal, we just commuted up the hill to the official dispersed area picnic shelter to gain altitude. It was actually much welcomed to be a bit off grid for a few days.
Forrest and Mary did well with their first ever wild camping experience, and toughed it out 2 nights on their non-optimized electrical system.
While we opted to stay an extra day and soak in the power of the sun and the solitude.
Magical Reservoir was truly magical. Our appetite for wild camping is completely re-ignited, and we’re inspired to get our solar research done so we can fully install our system and explore much more this winter after our Cape Blanco Lighthouse volunteering this fall.
How’d we find this location? I’m preparing a dedicated blog post on just that subject – sharing our tips and tricks for scouting places like this out.
Our next stop was rendezvousing with the Lone Ranger at WiFiRanger Headquarters in Merdian, ID. Kelly and staff were returning from the FMCA rally in Redmond, OR, and we were excited to finally meet the entire staff and see what these folks have up their sleeve.
They own an incredible eco conscious building that is powered by solar, and have a parking lot for friends to stop by.
Not nearly as scenic as our last stop, but Kelly had our own dedicated WiFi channel waiting for us – tapping directly into their fiberoptic connection.
Sometimes.. we technomads choose connectivity over views.
We spent a wonderful day hanging out with the entire team. They showed us prototypes of upcoming products, gave us a tour of their newest firmware and we shared with them feedback we hear from our fellow RVing friends.
What we love most about WiFiRanger is how they listen, and react, to feature requests from those of us in the field. The RV market is a huge part of their business – which is not necessarily true of most of their competitors.
When we left, they handed us a box with ‘one of everything’ for us to put to the paces out on the road. We’ll be testing out the newest Mobile, the Marine and Nano, along with our Sky.
Forrest and Mary opted to stay in a nearby RV Park to power up after their first boondocking experience, and we rejoined with them down the road in Oregon. Stay tuned for those tales!
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