Why Yes – You Can have Scenic Views AND Great Internet
A few weeks ago in the Internet for RVers & Cruisers group we host on Facebook – we had a member make the claim that it’s impossible to really be on the road visiting cool locations AND get enough mobile internet to stream video.
We beg to differ – it’s completely possible if it’s enough of a priority for you to invest in the plans & gear to make it happen, and route your travels around connectivity.
We asked other group members to post photos of places they’ve stayed with great views and great internet. There were some pretty amazing photos shared – you can view them all here (and feel free to add your own!)
As we make the final polishing round on our 5th Edition of The Mobile Internet Handbook – I thought it would be fun to share some photos of amazing places we’ve had great internet and great views over the years.
Saddle Mountain BLM – Plentiful signal, free boondocking and gorgeous views. We hung out here for 2 weeks working on the 2016 Edition of The Mobile Internet Handbook.
Black Bear Winery in Chenego Forks, NY (Harvest Hosts stay) – rocking Verizon for streaming after sampling some fine fruit wines and ciders.
Scaroon Manor State Park in the Adirondacks of NY (an all time favorite spot!) – had to do some advanced signal enhancing with directional antennas to get great download speeds on Verizon and upload on T-Mobile. But did it! We even streamed ‘Marjorie Morning Star’ – a movie filmed at this exact location in the 60s with Gene Kelly – featuring a bus like ours no less. We loved it so much, we stayed here nearly 2 weeks.
Borrego Springs, CA – workable Verizon and AT&T with an antenna. Enough to stream Netflix and work online for 3 weeks of glorious free boondocking & community.
Lake Meredith Recreational Area – north of Amarillo, TX. Stellar signal/speeds on all four major carriers.. and free boondocking. This is the definition of the Technomad Trifecta (free, scenic, bandwidth). Our first year on the road together in our T@b trailer (2007).
Returning to Lake Meredith Recreational Area years later in our bus – north of Amarillo, TX. Stellar signal/speeds on all four major carriers.. and free boondocking. This is the definition of the Technomad Trifecta (free, scenic, bandwidth)
Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta (2015). It doesn’t get much cooler than that! Horrible signal during launch times.. but rest of the day, a-ok on all four carriers.
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico (COE park). Stayed 14 days in relative privacy and great views. Streamed all three Back to the Future episodes on 10/18/2015 over Verizon and/or AT&T.
Trona Pinacles, California (2014). Other worldly spot down an 8 mile dirt road, but with blazing fast rocking Verizon signal that needs no signal enhancing. Did a live cast video presentation from here one evening.
Homer, AK – Summer 2015 in our rental RV to explore Alaska by while the bus was being renovated. Plenty of cellular bandwidth to do a live video cast from here.
Pedernales State Park – Fredericksburg, TX. Off the beaten path, heavily wooded and very hilly. But we were able to stream our heart’s content anyway.
American Girl Mine BLM Boondocking outside Yuma, AZ – super speedy Verizon and AT&T. Lots of streaming went down here while we worked on the 2015 Edition of The Mobile Internet Handbook.
Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, south of Blythe, CA – pretty much had an entire Verizon and AT&T tower to ourselves. (Did I mention, free boondocking too?)
US Coach in Vineland, NJ – Vintage Bus speciality shop. We happen to think it’s pretty cool to camp over the pit next to other vintage beauties! Had to get an antenna outside the metal walls, but once we did – stream away!
The campground at Capitol Reef was full, so we found this spot on the National Forest just outside the west gate with an amazing overlook! (2010) Bonus – AT&T cell signal from nearby Torrey too using our Wilson Booster!
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