Vocabulary of 2005

Vocabulary for this site: Vocabulary on this site during 2005 and beyond

Above Sea Level. Sasha and I, being from Washington, DC area, have not been much above sea level and now with our GPS (discussed below), we can tell what elevation we are at any time. I like to log it so that we can tell how high in the sky we are at a moment’s notice.


All Terrain Vehicle: (information from Wikipedia.com): The term “all-terrain vehicle” is used in a general sense to describe any of a number of small open motorized buggies and tricycles designed for off-road use. However, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) defines an ATV as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, and with handlebars for steering control. Usually with four wheels.


Bars or Internet Bars:

I have a T-Mobile Sony Ericson card that I got – it allows me to get onto the internet anywhere as long as there is a phone tower. It uses the same speeds as dial-up, up to 56 kb. So the more bars, the faster the internet connection, no bars or red bar means I might lose internet connection. This purchase was a great deal as it is $30 a month, which has more than paid for itself last month when I was in NY and they were asking $10 a day for internet service; I stayed 5 days!

BLM or Bureau of Land Management:

US Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management. BLM governs over 264 Million acres of United States land that can be used by anyone. There are certain areas that are designated wilderness, where only hikers or horseback riders can go, other areas that are designated for OHV, and other areas for Mountain Bikers.

Boondock: or Boondocking: Definition:

To camp in remote areas such as deep woods or desert locations without power, sewer or water hook-ups. My words: Usually places that cars or larger vehicles can not go, however, we did see some Class A (Larger type RVs) parking when we were in Taylor Reservoir.


Global Positioning System. Sasha bought the Delorne Topo Mapping software and we installed it on my computer. It came with a little device that allows us to beam to a satellite so that we can see where we are on the map. It is great for getting directions and keeping a log as to where we are and how to get to somewhere else.


Off Road Vehicle: (information from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ORV) An off-road vehicle is considered to be any type of vehicle which is capable of driving off any paved or gravel surface. It is generally characterized by its highly treaded tires and internal space, as these factors enable the vehicle to drive off smoother surfaces.


Off Highway Vehicle: Similar to an off-road vehicle. However, it refers to motorized vehicles.

Quading or Quad:

Slang for Four Wheels of an ATV – the word is very popular in Canada.

Temp or F:

I like to record the Temperature when we go places, so that you can understand how cold or warm it is. Remember, we are CAMPING, it is just a little better than being in a tent, so if it is cold, we might be a little cold too. As we get better at gauging how much propane is in our tanks, we won’t have to feel cold.

Day 1: Log for March 27, 2005 – Getting There



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