Seminole Canyon State Park is a nice place to be if you like peace and quiet, a view that goes on forever, and lots of hiking trails. But it's not all that great if you like to talk on the phone, play on the Internet, or drive to where there's something to see.
My Verizon signal is minuscule, even with my cell phone booster antenna up I still barely get enough signal to send and receive a text message, phone calls have no chance of getting through, and using Internet data is out of the question.
There is actually some Internet here but for parts of the day it's unusable. I have my Wi-Fi antenna up outside the Arctic Fox and it barely picks up anything. Sometimes I can get enough of a signal to post to my blog, but it takes a lot of time, and a lot of patience to get it to work, and I have to start trying to post early in the day before other RVers start using up the bandwidth.
As for seeing the sights, in most state parks you can drive to the things that you want to see, but here there are hiking trails that go to the Canyon overlooks and ancient pictographs that folks come here to see. The trails vary in length some of them maybe a quarter of a mile long and others are as much as a 7 mile round-trip. But the majority of them are short enough and easy enough for the average person to do a round-trip in an hour or so.
Now I've always figured that if God had wanted us to walk any farther than the refrigerator He wouldn't have given us motorcycles. So I have developed powerful muscles that enable me to sit for extended periods of time without fatigue. but it looks like here at Seminole Canyon I'm going to have to do some walking if I want to take a picture of anything interesting.
So in preparation for the hikes I've been getting ready by resting all of my muscles and sleeping as much as I can. After I've rested enough then I can start preparing myself mentally, which as you know is the hardest part of any hike. And only then, after my mind is totally focused on the trail, can I start preparing my equipment, which if not properly done can lead to a disaster on the hike.
I myself have experienced just such a disaster when I miscalculated how much beer would expand in my camelback hydration system while climbing a mountain. After ascending only a few hundred feet my backpack exploded covering me and the immediate area with Samuel Adam's excellent ale. As you can imagine this caused the immediate cancellation of the hike, not so much because I didn't have anything left to drink, but because of the amazing amount of predators that are attracted to someone covered in beer, no matter how fast they run.