Places for a cell-phone free vacation?

Feb 23rd, 2004, 04:57 PM
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Too funny clark, and I like your name.

My house sits in a dead zone about an hour south of Indianapolis. I've seen people drive a couple of hundred yards up the road to the top of the hill to yack on their cell-phones.

I consider myself incredibly fortunate.
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 06:10 PM
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There is no signal in the Adirondacks in upstate New York-- you will have service in Lake George but once you are in the park there is nothing. I also had no service in western Kansas--although I'm not sure it really counts as a vacation spot. Some of the maps I've looked at (I just changed companies so I've been looking at lots of maps)are pretty empty in the southwest.
This would actually disuade me from travelling in these areas (although it wouldn't have 10 yrs ago, I feel much more comfortable being able to be in touch). I love long road trips in empty areas but would never have driven from NY to Colorado this past January without my cell phone. And, I'll admit, it was fun to call home from the top of a mountain after getting off a ski lift. I couldn't quite believe I could do it.
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 06:15 PM
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I've a wonderful idea. Remember when the Russians used to jam Western radio? Perhaps a portable cellphone jammer, with an effective distance of 200 feet, would be a marketable device.
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 06:17 PM
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We had no Verizon service at South Rim of Grand Canyon.

As far as cruises - yes, no cell phones, but too many people had walky-talky-squalky things going. Don't understand why it was really necessary to know husband was now leaving casino and going to piano bar and wife was heading to spa.
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Feb 23rd, 2004, 08:34 PM
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Yeah, and how 'bout those jokers in the supermarket who can't resist calling their wives to tell 'em how slow the checkout line is going.

Meanwhile people can't get through to 911 because the signals are jammed.
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Feb 24th, 2004, 02:56 AM
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No true about Adirondacks. They do have cell phones there and they work but you don't hear conversations or ringging phones too often. We used our Verizon when we hiked in Lake Placid area last October. In Lake Placid we had someone in the supermarket, Price Chopper, in front of us telling someone what she had in her shopping cart. She listed every item and we learned that carrots didn't look too fresh and bluberries were so big and on and on. I wish there were no cell phones allowed in places like supermarkets.
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Feb 24th, 2004, 07:47 AM
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Yes, the grocery store was one of the places I heard a one sided conversation. Also at Marshall's, Blockbuster, Home Depot and the gas station. By the way, the gas station has a HUGE no cell phone sign.

So now the list includes:

Cruise (maybe the one Gardyloo took -- see cruise question)
-The area in the SouthWest where the movie 'Breakdown' was filmed.
- High in the Rocky Mountains (maybe)
- Isle Royale NP
- Moon
- Mars
- Amazon Rain Forest
- Sierras
- Little Palm Island, Fla.
- Gualala, Pt.Arena, Elk & the Navarro Redwoods. Northern Sonoma County coast and southern Mendocino county.
- Voyageurs National Park
- A backyard pool in LA (anyone willing to take in a house guest?)
- Indytravel's house

Also thought of jail as a place where there are no cell phones, but decided I didn't want to vacation there. Thanks for your help and letting me vent.
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Feb 24th, 2004, 07:57 AM
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To the person who said his/her cell phone works everywhere in the Rockies, we have also found that to be true thus far. Most of our ski trips now include listening to one sided cell phone conversations on the shuttle bus from the parking to the resort, outside the ticket window, inside the restaurants and sporting goods stores, inside the locker rooms, on the lifts, at the seating areas next to the lifts and at the top of every lift. No one EVER seems to have a connection problem.
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