Southwest Oklahoma Expedition – January 2021 Part 2 (Post #591) 2/2/2021

If you missed Part 1, jump over to that post and catch up (the link is after the break). Or don’t, this is still a free country, more or less, depending on who you ask. What follows is Day 2 of the Great Southwest Oklahoma Expedition! See there, this trip just got more awesome the more we drove!

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The Great Google Donkey Controversy (Post #315) 1/18/2013

If you follow any weird and unusual news you’ve probably saw this story which is “going viral” as you read this.

It seems there is a controversy brewing that a Google Street View car ran over a donkey in Kweneng, Botswana. I personally don’t believe that happened. Donkey Fact: Donkeys take dirt baths.

What on earth does this have to do with Oklahoma or Land Rovers? Good question.

It’s a weak link, but we have donkeys in Oklahoma too. Bet you didn’t know that…hehehe, whatever.

Donkey Fact:

 If you want to protect your livestock from coyotes you put a donkey out there with them. This is evidence all over central Oklahoma.

One of my best friends lost their family donkey just a few months ago. He was most likely attacked by a cougar or perhaps less likely, a pack of coyotes or wild dogs. It’s only marginally less dangerous to live in Oklahoma than it is Sub-Saharan Africa. Once you hear one of these big cats at night, you’ll think twice about camping on the South Canadian River overnight.

The Land Rover connection is much easier.
The Google Street view car passes a Land Rover Defender just before it encounters the donkey in the road. The Defender is from Africa Insight. You can see Africa Insight’s Chairman Christopher Race driving one of their Defender 110’s pulling a Sankey trailer. I don’t know the good people at Africa Insight, I just know how to use Google.

If you backup from the donkey lying in the road with the Google Street View application, you will see the above Land Rover Defender pass as you proceed down the road. This is why I love Google Street View, candid images of every day happenings, frozen in time.

This is a link to the Google Streetview in question. You are free to navigate around and see the sights.

I also created this animated GIF for you to enjoy…yeah, I’m a full service website.

This page is dedicated to my friend Tom Pecore’s donkey, 
so named by his grandson Jace.
Cowboy was attacked by a cougar in rural Norman
and had to be put down last year.
“A gentle and sweet animal.” – Tom
Cowboy and Tom

Okay, let’s review. Two donkey facts. One Land Rover Defender. One family pet. One best friend. That’s a full post if I do say so myself.

Thanks for reading and hoping you have thousands of miles of donkey free contact in your Land Rover. Happy Rovering.

Google Street View, Preview Your Vacation (Post #164) 1/11/2010

I know many of you use lots of tools to navigate yourself around while on holiday and even for work. I read a story today in the news about an elm tree that was carefully cared for by a 101 year old man. It was succumbed to the dreaded dutch elm disease for the last time.

It will be cut down. I’m sure the tree will be harvested for the wood and will live on in many a person’s home in the inevitable wood projects it will yield. So have a look at the story…

Maine man, 101, can’t save beloved old elm, Herbie

This is where Google Maps comes in handy. So according to the location in the story…
East Main Street and Yankee Drive, Yarmouth, Maine

So just drop that in Google Maps and adjust up and down the street and there it is. (turn to the left in the window below) Preserved until the next time the Google Maps drive up and down the street.

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You can do this for just about anywhere in the United States and Europe and eventually you will be able to do this for just about any road anywhere. It amazes me where the Street View Trucks have been.

So when you are bored take a look at some place interesting or go to the places your news takes you.

Thanks for Reading and Happy Rovering.

Fun With Google Maps (Post #157) 10/14/2009

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It’s fun to find your Land Rover on Google Maps.

I stopped working in that building in December 2006. So this must have been right before that. The sun is sitting low in the sky so this could be early December.

I kinda miss the old girl.

While browsing my work neighborhood I found the following Google Map anomaly.

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Now click the arrow in either direction. Presto, cars. You can see the damage to the trees which was the last big ice storm we had in 2007.