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Thursday, January 22, 2009 - Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM

LD and cell tower, Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM, January 22, 2009
LD and cell tower, Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM, January 22, 2009

Verizon BroadbandAccess goes awry

Aaarg.... something's gone awry with my Verizon BroadbandAccess setup. I left Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, Alamogordo NM earlier than I had planned to because of access issues and now I can SEE the tower right out my back window, I get 4 EVDO bars on my cell phone, and BroadbandAccess still won't connect.

I spent two hours on the phone this afternoon with a tech (Victor) at 3gstore.com (the fine folks who sold me the Kyocera KR-1 router and USB720 modem I've been happily using for the past 15 months) diagnosing my setup and never did come up with an entirely convincing conclusion about why this modem won't connect. Everything checks out - but it won't connect.

We left it that I will go into Las Cruces tomorrow and find a fast connection so he can remotely tweek something in the firmware in the USB720 modem I'm using and see if that helps.

We also left it that I will seriously consider upgrading to a newer modem and router. It'll be a bit expensive but I'm thinking this might be the way to go. It turns out the Kyocera KR-1 router and USB720 modem I bought about 15 months ago were at the end of their product life cycle at the time and are not well supported anymore. I think I might bite the bullet and go ahead and replace them now rather than try and nurse them along any longer. Especially since two hours of nursing today didn't get me connected.

Aaarg.....

Night camp

Site 11 - Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs NM

Absolute Silence

I remembered hearing of a backcountry Park Service ranger who was cleaning up after dinner one evening when he heard a chilling scream. He ran out of his cabin in time to see a mountain lion standing with a dead deer next to her. The lion saw the ranger and bounded off. The ranger realized this might be a rare opportunity to closely observe a mountain lion, so he stationed himself a short distance away from the deer carcase. He sat in absolute silence, and listened closely as night deepened. After sitting in darkness for well over an hour, he gave up hope of the lion's returning and stood up. In the powerful beam of his flashlight, he could clearly see that the dead deer was no longer there. ...

Caught in Fading Light: Mountain Lions, Zen Masters, and Wild Nature by Gary Thorp

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