We know it’s sacrilege to many, but we would love to see more access to Wi-Fi and electricity in the wild places we travel to.
Hear us out
Because ours is a working road trip, staying connected on the road with internet access and electricity is necessary in order to meet magazine and newspaper deadlines and to produce this blog which you’re reading right now. If we can’t get internet access and electricity in a park or campground then we’re forced to leave these wonderful places and move to a more expensive, less wonderful motel room somewhere simply so we can complete our work.
Understandably, we are thrilled whenever we’re able to connect in the outdoors. For example, we used our Verizon wireless card to connect to an internet signal and plugged our laptops into the electrical outlets provided in the campground at the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville, Florida. This allowed us to finish and file a feature for Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine right from our picnic table.
After searching nearly every nook and cranny of Crater Lake National Park we finally found a turnout along the Rim Drive where we got a Verizon signal. A couple of times each day we’d park there and call it our office for a while before returning to the trails or heading back to camp. Members of the Friends of Crater Lake organization contacted us after reading our post about Crater Lake to request the exact location of the spot where we’d found a signal so they could get some work done in the park too.
What do you think?
Would greater access to Wi-Fi and electricity in National Parks, State Parks, and campgrounds in the US be a good thing or a bad thing?
What extremes have you gone to in order to get an internet connection in a park, campground or other natural area?
Let us know in the comments below.
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