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What is it about long walks?

For months I’ve been obsessing about walks – long multiday walks, in some locations and circumstances considered to be pilgrimages – Buen Camino, peregrino! I’ll get to that post soon, my purely speculative idea as to why people are drawn … Continue reading

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Software challenge of converting GPS tracks into street maps

I’ve read that Google is creating street maps from GPS data without manual intervention. So here’s my attempt to do the same thing: This is the maximum amount of “big data” I’ve accumulated with a consumer grade GPSr (Garmin eTrek). … Continue reading

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Merged Google Earth tracing of Big Papio trail with my tracklogs

Using a few manual steps to cut corners I now coded the conversion routine to generate a .GPX file (for a tracklog) from the Google Earth .KML file of path tracing (manually merged segments). The process is a bit crude … Continue reading

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Why are people more friendly in campgrounds?

I meant to write this post a few weeks ago while on my camping trip, but better late than never. I’ve noticed when traveling to western U.S. vacation spots but also while camping or hiking trails that there seems to … Continue reading

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Cottonwood Campground, Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Just for yucks here’s a little data for the Cottonwood CG in Theodore Roosevelt NP, North Dakota. I spent seven days here in June 2014 so I walked around quite a bit (no trails, just the campground roads and park … Continue reading

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A nice scene in Nebraska

Here is an image I shot with iPod Touch (instead of decent camera) that I happen to like and I’ll explain why: This shot is taken just south of the Niobrara River near Smith Falls State Park (see satphoto below, … Continue reading

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Quick look at Theodore Roosevelt National Park – 2

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is located in north-central western North Dakota and it is one of the less visited National Parks, which is a shame because it’s quite spectacular, esp. in early summer when everything is green and temps are … Continue reading

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