• Sage Webb

Ants! Plus a Historical Farm and an Electrifying Surprise We Only Saw Because We Were on the Road

Before, and when, I met the Bosun, I was living in a 34’ Class A RV. I loved her. She was a lot like Traveler. I’d driven her from Michigan to Texas and then stayed in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston, before making my way back to Galveston Bay. But for a little while, she had a significant ant problem. It created a bit of an issue because I had to keep the cat outside while I used insecticides in the cabin. And the cat complained ... to everyone. I tied her in the shade on her leash and she bawled her head off and accused me of being a terrible kitty mom to everyone who passed. It was traumatic for both of us.

This morning, disconcertingly, the Bosun and I discovered that Traveler had a similar—quite significant—ant problem. I took Boat Dog outside and the Bosun nuked the cabin. We left for a long walk and let things take their course. On our walk, we visited Penn Farm, Cedar Hill’s preserved late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century farm. The surviving buildings are among Boat Dog’s favorite Texas State Parks sites. Visitors can wander through old barns and sheds, pass the farm house, take in the old-school farm equipment, and listen to the metallic complaints of the windmill.

This warm morning, we did all that. And then we returned to Traveler. I cleaned up any possible lingering anti-ant chemicals and let Boat Dog return to the unit. Then we struck camp, the ants gone and things tidy.

After the lovely ablutions involved in pumping out, we headed south, and (just like yesterday) we had a moment that reminded us of the good little surprises you get when you travel “on the ground.” Outside Milford, Texas, the Bosun noticed a large tower dominating the view. He asked me to fire up the googles and see if I could figure out its purpose. He dubbed it the “Tesla tower” because, he said, it looked like Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower on Long Island. Well, lo and behold! It was. Kinda.

So from 1901 to 1905, Tesla built this tower in New York in an attempt to establish a (wait for it!) *global, wireless communication system* that would use Earth itself as a conductor. He also wanted to harness Earth’s natural energy to transfer power currents around the globe—to transmit free power for humanity.

Now, Viziv Technologies seems to be attempting the same sort of thing with this tower in Milford. Oh, not the telecommunications part, of course. Obviously, that box has been checked. But the moving-electricity part.

So basically, thanks to RV-ing, I learned more about Nikola Tesla, and the Bosun and I learned that Tesla’s dream of wireless power moved globally lives on in Milford, Texas.

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