Very Large Open Pit Mine

20 miles from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah is a huge open pit mine. My 2017 Rand McNally Deluxe Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas (laminated pages, extra durable) says that it is “Bingham Canyon Mine – World’s Largest Open Pit Mine”. According to the Deseret News[*] it is the largest man-made excavation in the world.

The Latitude, Longitude of the center of this aerial photo is 40.5234, -112.1525.


Latitude, Longitude

Occasionally I like to add my current Latitude and Longitude to a blog post. The maps apps on my iPhone will display my Latitude and Longitude but they won’t allow me to copy and paste the coordinates without having to perform multiple convoluted steps. Today I stumbled on an easy way to do this with a truck stop app that I keep on my phone: TruckSmart™.

From the ‘Services’ tab tap on ‘Share Location’. An email form will open and you’ll see your Latitude and Longitude near the bottom. You’re free to copy and paste.

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Latitude, Longitude
41.682472, -88.066696

I bought two boiled eggs that came in a package with salt and pepper packets, a paper napkin and this tiny plastic fork.

Osprey Packs

My old Osprey Atmos 25 on the right and my new Osprey Skarab 32 on the left. I rarely use these for outdoor activities. I use them to pack an overnight bag when I’m staying in a hotel or to carry my laptop when my truck is in the shop.

[Update: I forgot to mention that the Osprey Skarab 32 cost about $120 at REI in Greenville, SC. I purchased the old Atmos 25 from years ago. I don’t remember how much I paid for it. By the way, the Atmos had an aluminum internal frame which kept the back of the pack away from my back except at my shoulders and hips. This was great for allowing air to flow through and keep my back cool but it made the pack very rigid and decreased the volume greatly. I removed the frame and the pack became a big floppy bag. It didn’t hang off my shoulders quite right after that but it worked well enough for my purposes. -Dedwarmo, Sioux City, Iowa, November 13, 2017, Latitude, Longitude 42.4364,-96.3709.]


Greenville, South Carolina

Latitude, Longitude

34.850208, -82.359978

New Springfield, Ohio

At about 22:55 a truck trying to park next to me scraped my truck.

I was in the sleeper when I felt my truck shake. I jumped up front and saw a white van trailer pressed up against the passenger side of my truck. I honked my horn and jumped out of my truck. I walked up to the driver door and just said something like, “You can go ahead and back up.” When he was clear of my truck I walked up to him and said, “If you want to get in this spot you may want to back up further.” He said he was going to park over by the fence which ran along the lot next to the row I where I was parked.

I got back in my truck to get my phone and when I got out of my truck he was gone. I walked around the parking lot to see if I could see see a white truck moving around but all the vehicles were parked. I didn’t catch the name or any numbers on his truck.

Hudspeth County, Texas

Latitude, Longitude
31.163689, -105.657417

I walked down this road* for thirty minutes and did not encounter a single vehicle or human being.

*Texas 34 just south of Interstate 10