26 days until my next road trip! Can you tell I’m excited?
The GDB got an oil change today. I like to visit Express Oil Change on Tuesdays - Ladies’ Day. Women get patronized for $5 off!
Just kidding! The crew was very nice today, even when I asked pesky questions.
The GDB got new wiper blades too. Fluids topped off, tires aired up too. I took a photo which should go here. But I lost it in Picasa. I'm having trouble mastering the new photo editing on Windows 8.
Free AppsI promised to share some free apps (I'm generous that way). Click on the photos for the amazon link if you want more info. Whether they will be helpful on the road remains to be seen. I’ll update after I’ve had a chance to really road-test them.
XClinometer. This will serve as a level. The reviews state the tool is extremely accurate.
Scanner Radio. Listen in on police, ems, fire, amateur radio, and several other types of broadcasts. You can find the busiest stations out of the hundreds available. Hear what the criminals are up to in Chicago!
The most helpful travel feature is the weather station. This would be invaluable if you're tracking bad weather but don’t know where you are. The app picks up your location, assuming, of course, you have to have a wi-fi connection. I was able to unpack the weather radio from the GDB and free up a bit more space in the rolling library. (My sister-in-law calls the GDB the Bookmobile).
Future Apps (Not free)Audubon Birds: A North American Birding Guide. Then I could jettison my bulky birding book from the GDB. Reviewers like it because of the searchable database, the photos (versus artists’ renderings), and the bird calls.
Camp Finder. I visit their website occasionally. I’m not sure if the app is comprehensive enough to replace the thick Trailer Life Directory. And, again, you would have to have a wi-fi signal.
Free e-booksThe only problem with my Kindle Fire is that now, when I get in settled in to read, I end up browsing the web instead. Because I can! That ability is wreaking havoc both on my battery life and my literary life. Anyway, there are some helpful free e-book websites out there but I find it’s easiest to just go to Amazon and search, for example: free kindle cookbooks.
Got any favorite apps to share?