Friday, June 15, 2018

Visiting Friends

7:30 am:
Steve and Elizabeth Willey
I am going to visit with my friends Steve and Elizabeth today. 

I first met Steve and Elizabeth on June 1, 2004, when I traveled to their home-based business to get advice on increasing MsTioga's solar capacity. The name of the business is "Backwoods Solar" [Link]. 

During our visit together today, neither Steve, Elizabeth or myself remembered when I first visited them and why I was at their home! I had to search my Blog's archives to answer those questions!

Thru the years that followed, I kept in touch with Steve by emails from time to time. 

During our trip north from San Diego to see the Salmon River [May and June], I realized that I would be getting very close to Steve and Elizabeth's home. I phoned Steve that I would like to drop by for a visit. And that is what I'm doing today!

Their home is where they pioneered the use of solar power back around 1975. You may read about their story by clicking [Here].

Elizabeth, Steve, and Bear [The dog]


Elizabeth in front of her home


Note:
If you click on the pic of the home above, it will expand so you may see the windmill-generator at the upper left corner. Their solar panels are on the roof of tallest part of their house. It is called "the tower." 

How Steve mounted those solar panels way up there I cannot imagine!!





5:00 pm:
Very Far North
I just looked at a paper map of Idaho in order to find my present location. Wow! I'm way up in the panhandle of Idaho. Only 58 miles from United States/Canada border!

I've been using only the Map App that came with my iPhone-7. I've found that electronic maps do not give me the perspective that a paper map provides.

I've ordered Rand McNally plastic coated and easy folding maps for all the western states that I might visit. I'll use the Rand McNally much more often than my Idaho paper map because of its ease-of-use.

Tonite we are camping in the 
area of Sandpoint/Ponderay






Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 2,140 feet



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12 comments:

  1. Wow, I love Backwoods Solar! Most of the components to my off-grid power system came from them. And their employees are always very helpful when questions are asked. Say hello and thank you to them from a happy customer.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Backwoods Solar likely is the oldest solar electric dealer in the United States.

      George

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  2. George,
    Did you know that there are/were two very significant US Navy sites in your current area? One current site for testing submarine acoustic stealth technology http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/Warfare-Centers/NSWC-Carderock/Who-We-Are/Bayview-Idaho/

    The other was a WW-2 training base - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farragut_Naval_Training_Station

    When we visited this area 10 years ago, we were very surprised to learn about these facilities!

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    1. Hi Gypsy,

      Thank you for the US Navy site info! I may check those out today [Sunday].

      George

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  3. I like paper maps too but I also like google maps.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      I like both types of maps also.

      I use digital maps most often because in Tránsito I have an Apple Carplay monitor. Very good for directions to where I am going.

      George

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  4. You keep going any further north young fella you better stop at Farm and Fleet and buy yourself a warm pair of long Red flannel underwear
    Off-topic
    Interesting comparative argument ,

    https://gizmodo.com/heres-how-limited-your-carriers-unlimited-phone-plans-r-1826871888

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    1. Hi Ed,

      Whatever happened to the FCC proposal for free WiFi for everyone in the USA?

      George

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  5. I like paper maps, too, George. Enjoyed reading about your friends the Willeys and the solar company they started. So very nice you can visit them again.

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    1. Hi Sandy,

      Visiting the Willeys was a great time for me!

      George

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  6. Always good to have a visit from George. We hope it will copntinue here as one of his stops.

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    1. Hi Steve,

      I'll be visiting with you and Elizabeth every time I travel thru Idaho!

      Maybe we will be able to meet on your next RV trip south?

      George

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