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How to enter GPS coordinates into Google Maps

2017/05/21
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Modified: 2017/04/30
How to enter GPS coordinates into Google Maps

Let’s say you moved pictures  from your smart phone to a PC, but you want to know, where this picture was taken.  Most likely picture would have a GPS information attached to it (unless you explicitly disabled that feature on your phone).  Open picture properties (Alt + Enter) and check the GPS section of the picture’s properties (see image). You can enter this information into Google maps search box to get an exact location, where this picture was taken.  Enter the information you see as: 44 12' 35.2" +1 51' 12.64" Please note that “plus” sign is optional.  However, most locations in Americas will have a negative sign in front of…

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05 Third day – 2014-05-25 SUN – Back to the car and comfort (II)

2017/05/20
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Modified: 2017/04/30
2014-05-25 SU 21;26 Horsefeathers North Conway NH

The walking stage of the hike was closing to an end, and bike portion was fast approaching. Crossing Saco river took about 15 minutes.  First, a test cross with only valuables, and then second crossing with 2 sticks in both hands and a backpack. Rain started again, I did not know what to cover – myself, or the bike, or the backpack.  I did not take a picture with backpack mounted on the bike, but it was an impressive site. The only technical glitch that I encounter was the situation with the pump.  I was not able to fit the pump to the socket properly, and as a result back tire had relatively…

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04 Third day – 2014-05-25 SUN – Back to the car and comfort (I)

2017/05/16
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Modified: 2017/04/30
2014-05-25 SU 09;57 Forest Road

Rephrasing the famous song, in the wild you acutely responsible for . . . Every move you make, Every step you take. If you slip and fell – it is your responsibility.  If you forget to pack something – it is your responsibility.  There is no way of escaping this simple fact. The night in the wild was quiet and uneventful.  I do not know, if it was raining during the night, because I put on earplugs.  I always bring them along to sleep better and ignore all the noises outside. However, tarp was very wet in the morning.  I was strangely cold during the night, despite all the warm clothes…

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03 Second day – 2014-05-24 SAT – Into the wild with a plan

2017/05/12
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Modified: 2017/04/30
2014-05-24 SA 07;37 Basin Pond

I never carried the “full house” on my shoulders before.  This time, with introduction of an old professional-grade KELTY backpack I would carry a tent, and sleeping bag, and warm clothes, and food, and tarp, and poncho and dozens of other small, but very necessary things. I woke up around 6AM, and I was folding the tent and gathering my things until I was finally ready.  At 07:38, I started to walk on Basin Trail.  First thought was that no way on earth I can carry this beast of a backpack.  On the second thought, how other people carry all their hiking possessions and do not complain? Almost immediately off the parking…

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02 First Day – Friday, May 23, 2014 – Hide the bike and walk away

2017/05/08
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Modified: 2017/04/30
2014-05-23 FR 17;48 Robins Hill Rd - Chatham - NH

I woke up at 6AM in Boston, and quickly completed last preparations.  Just before 7AM, I was on my way to New Hampshire.  Weather was getting darker and rainier, so I still entertained a possibility of changing the ambitious plans or to scale them down. The only new thing on the highway I noticed was a new speed limit – 70 MPH after the Manchester and Concord were behind me.  Interestingly, that new speed limit slowed most driver, because everyone thought that police would start strictly enforcing the new limit without any leeway. At Lincoln, NH, I completed my usual rounds: buy a parking pass ($5), food stop at Price Chopper…

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01 Crossing Wild River Wilderness – Planning and preparations

2017/05/04
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Modified: 2017/04/30
Potable Aqua PA Plus Iodine Water Purification Tablets

Everything is ready for the trip to Wild River wilderness.  This time I am planning to stay in the wild 2 nights from Friday to Sunday and return to the car on my bike on Sunday.  Monday as usual would be a “freelance” day for light exploration and contemplation. I will carry a large KELTY backpack that I inherited from my former boss – Gary Welsh.  He most likely took this vintage backpack to his trips to Nepal (before 1996).  All this time this backpack was gathering dust in my basement, and only this year it finally dawned on me that I do not have scramble for space and eliminate either…

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Sunday, May 26 2013 – Fresh Snow in May on Moosilauke

2017/05/02
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Modified: 2017/04/30
14-26 Last mile to the top

  09:53 – All trails are starting from the main road 09:54 – Dartmouth Ravine Lodge – the place of fun the place of knowledge   After breakfast at cash only place in North Woodstock (where route 3 crosses with 112) I drove to Ravine Lodge on route 118, and started my way to the top at 10:35. This Memorial day weekend the weather was rainy and cold. But here, at 777 m elevation the rain turned into snow, and it was a very festive white on green, but snow here was just a pretty ornament. 10:36 – Starting point to mount Moosilauke. Snow is just an fairy tale ornament here…

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Italy 2012 – Final Summary – Rules to Adopt and Follow

2017/04/30
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Modified: 2017/03/03
Italy 2012 – Final Summary – Rules to Adopt and Follow

  This is a summary article about the rules and tradition that we discovered are very convenient and important to follow.  Italian – Learn and use basic Italian words.  Do not be a mute foreigner.  At least spice up your inability to speak with a bright smile and Buon Giorno [bon gorno] and Ciao [chao]. Mineral Water – Do order a large bottle of mineral water in restaurants.  It is an easy and customary way to replenish your fluids, and it is great. Restrooms – You can ask politely to use a restroom (bagno [ban’o]) in any restaurant.  We never received a refusal. Refreshments – buy a watermelon instead of ice…

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Sep 3 MON – From Rome back to Boston

2017/04/26
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Modified: 2017/01/18
13-46 EST Data used

  We took an early breakfast, and left the hotel at 08:24.  I put another €23 worth of benzene into the car to top it off, and we returned the car to the airport at 08:57 with 11109 km on odometer. Here is a breakdown for days, kilometers, liters and Euros that we used during this vacation: Event Date Odometer Run KM Price Liters Amount KM per Liter Car Pickup 8-15 Wed 9,352 N/A N/A N/A First Refueling 8-22 Wed 9,875 523 1.915 40.9 78.27 12.8 Second Refueling 8-26 Sun 10,477 602 1.91 45.1 86.16 13.3 Third Refueling 9-02 Sun 11,086 609 1.99 46.7 93 13 Car Return 9-03 Mon 11,109…

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History of Panama Canal (1513 – 1915) Connecting Dots on the Map

2017/04/24
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Modified: 2017/03/03
French-Panama-Canal-by-1888

What is an isthmus? It is a relatively narrow strip of land (with water on both sides) connecting two larger land areas. Why Panama? Because it is irresistible. It was irresistible for everyone, who looked at the map of Americas for 400 years. At first, they search for a open waterway. There was none. Then they searched a passage to the North and to the South of the continent. On September 6, 1522 a news reached Spain that there is a water passage to the South. Only one ship with 18 men returned. They started 3 year earlier with 5 ships and a crew of 237. Ice and cold securely blocked…

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Sep 2 SUN – Last day in Rome [… in progress …]

2017/04/22
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Modified: 2017/01/18

[…in progress…] Today, Sunday September 2, I woke up at 7:30 and immediately drove 600 meters to a nearest gas station and put 35 liters of benzene for €70.  Around 9:00 we had a good breakfast.  I even ate a boiled egg and some bacon. Hotel staff recommended taking a car to a free parking lot at Acilia station.  It is one train stop closer to Rome, and parking lot is bigger. In about 4 km we easily found the large parking lot, and the station. We bought 4 rides for €6. Around 09:54 we just missed the Metro train, and next one arrived around 10:12.  Each ride is €1.50 and…

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