Because we plan to travel to many areas where cell phone coverage will be limited or nonexistent we have added a Delorme InReach Explorer satellite emergency communicator to our new Toyota 4Runner Trail that we've fondly named "Black Beauty". With it, we now have two-way satellite communications at all times.
The device has many communication and GPS tracking features. The satellite communicator also includes an SOS feature that connects to a 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center which will bring emergency aid wherever we travel including to remote off-road locations. Just one little extra "comfort factor" when traveling to remote locations in the West as we plan to do.
Black Beauty is not only our new photographic platform while on the road. We are also setting it up to serve as the mobile basecamp for the "Photographic Expeditionary Group". This is another reason we added the InReach Explorer. Additional Black Beauty mobile basecamp features will be added and announced soon.