Welcome to the Dinosaur Logs, my small travelogues of our different trips. They started when Patsy and I took a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska and Denali Park. A group of our friends asked us to “take them along.” That, of course, was not going to happen, but I did say that I would send emails to let them know what we were doing. I had just bought a used laptop computer from another friend and figured I would drop everyone a note now and then… no problem.
I did not grow up with computers unless you count abacuses, so my understanding of them was sketchy. However, the friend who sold me the laptop gave me a short lesson on how to set up an email account. He told me how to log on, and most importantly, how to send emails. The lesson took place in a coffee shop, done in the time it took to drink a cup of coffee and scarf down a cheese Danish.
As we all know, things are not quite that easy, but I was a believer, and we set off on this epic drive, armed with an old laptop, inadequate directions on how to use it, and a lot of optimism. I made my first attempt to send a note when we got to Haines, Alaska. The laptop could not find a carrier. From that point on, I kept trying to send something, but couldn’t get through for one reason or another. At one point, I complained to Patsy that I was such a dinosaur; I might never learn how to send email.
After a very frustrating week, we met up with two other friends, Bob and Claire, who were versed in computer usage. We talked over what problems I had already had and they told me what I was doing wrong. Under their direction, I sent an email to all the people who asked me to write them. Viola! The email went through. From then on, I was able to record what we were doing and seeing. I found that writing things down helped me to remember what had happened, and so I decided to do a travelogue for every trip. As a tribute to that first breakthrough, I title each log with “The Dinosaur Goes to…” I wish that I had the Alaska log, but the laptop died and we were unable to rescue the information from it. However, there are plenty of other trips to look at.
Again, welcome to the Dinosaur Logs and I hope you enjoy your visits.