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Elevation was an issue.
No paths/no trails & GPS was telling me to go UP!
Did NOT want to risk going too far …
The views from the TOP before I got lost.
Kind of crazy. Had a premonition all morning that I was going to get LOST! Maybe I set out to get lost.
Patchy snow cover. So, I couldn’t always follow my tracks.
The map on my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is too small and NO bloody good with my eyesight. Yes, my fault.
I had GPS and Google MAPS on my phone (Google Pixel 4) and it showed me where I was heading. But, the terrain was not helpful and I felt I was going the wrong way. It was slippery and heavily wooded. I did not want to hurt myself. That would be have complicated matters. So, I called ‘911’.
They were very nice and I offered to pay. They didn’t come into the woods to get me out. SMILE. They also did not have a GPS that showed them where I was at any given time.
They basically talked me out. Had the two dogs with I. I had to make Braxton bark. They would listen to his bark when we were in range. That is how we walked out — way on the other side of where I had gone in. How did I get Braxton to bark. I would have to tie him to a tree and walk away. He would bark. Not ideal, but that was the only way. I never went far, and he could see me. So, he wasn’t really scared. He saved the day. The Golden doesn’t bark if I am around! She is just happy.
So, that was quite the adventure. ‘They’ were very nice. I knew a couple of them. Need to get a better Compass APP for my phone.
I can deal with this. It just requires perseverance — a commodity that is not in short supply when it comes to I.
Funny thing. This ethereal roadblock kind of follows I. Always ahead of I today. But, it did not deter I. I knew there would be light.
Don’t you? SMILE.
There will always be light — in the end.
The latest roadblock in my life.
Just as this was melting away.
I am not complaining. Honest. So, the latest roadblock was yesterday. But, it wasn’t too major. Not enough to deter my progress. I, of course, prevailed.
The irony was that this was the day after I was rejoicing that my prior roadblock was melting away.
But, it is OK. I will manage. Thanks. SMILE.
I am impressed and happy.
Yes, I have a fairly HEFTY TDS bill. SMILE.
TDS and I have had our moments. But, they impress me quite often. This is another instance.
I am proud of them and GLAD to be a TDS customer.
Good for YOU, TDS.
Keep it up.
I will NOT call up and complain about my bill for the next two-months. SMILE.
This could NOT stop I.
I had not expected it to have melted that much — this soon. It was a pleasant surprise. I had expected that I would have to do some clamouring over packed snow/ice. No need. No roadblocks. Road clear and I went sailing by — quite merrily.
These were on my two local hiking trails. When not prevented by roadblocks this is what I get to enjoy.
Based on ‘Eero’ products.
Amazon plans to buy Eero.
The “Eero” APP on my phone showing our network.
We got Wi-Fi with TDS, in October 2019, as part of our 1 Gig upgrade. They installed a Wi-Fi range extender in addition to the standard router. With 1 Gog to the house we had decent Wi-Fi in the house — though this is a 4-storey house of around 3,400 sq. ft.
I never had any issues with this TDS provided Wi-Fi, though I don’t use Wi-Fi that much since my PCs are hardwired to the Extender.
Wife and daughter, who are exclusively on Wi-Fi, have complained, more of less from day one, that they keep on getting Internet drops. They kept on complaining. Last week I had enough. I called up TDS. I had no idea that they had a new MESH network-based offering. I was willing to give it a try.
This afternoon two technicians came and set it all up. It took longer than it should have because we have TDS TV, and that means the old router still has to be there. The main issue, however, was to get some port forwarding back in place.
But, we got it up. We have Wi-Fi. We get decent bandwidth. Not sure if we get more than we did before.
Early days. The question is whether this Mesh network will prevent those connection drops.
We will wait and see. I will keep you posted.
But, for now, as of today, we have the Eero-based Wi-Fi+ Mesh Network from TDS.
We have one ‘Eero Pro‘, i.e.,the router/broadcaster, and two ‘Eero Beacons‘, i.e., the range extender
The ice is too thin. It needs to be at least 12″ and they are concerned that we have sections where the ice isn’t that thick this year. I can believe that.
I have not seen any trucks on any of the local lakes this year. Yes, snowmobiles, but they are much lighter.
An abundance of caution, of course, but you can’t blame anyone for that. You really don’t want a plane going through the ice. That would be rather bad form. I couldn’t remember but it appears that we have had other years — even as recently as 2016 — when the airport was called off because of thin ice.
So, that is that. I will miss not being able to take my usual quota of pictures. Fingers crossed for next year; 2021.