When I first started to go for runs on a regular basis, I was very interested in being able to track where I went on my runs. I was not sure exactly how to make sure that I would be able to do this on a regular basis. I worried about the possibility of buying a watch or a fitness tracker that would be able to show me where I went each day.
I went online to try and find something that would be convenient for me to run with. I ended up looking at a lot of great GPS trackers that would be able to report data back from my device to a computer to make maps of my runs. I ended up buying a really nice TomTom runner cardio GPS watch that I would be able to use regularly.
For my son, driving a car is going to be a privilege, not a right. He hasn’t yet proven to me that he’s fully responsible, and because he’s not an adult yet, I think that I should be sure that I know what he’s doing with his car. Even if I’m not constantly checking up on him, I can at least know whether or not he’s telling me the truth.
The way that I have decided to keep track of him is with a GPS micro tracker on his car. I’m able to pay attention and check in regarding his whereabouts if I need to. I’m not on him like a hawk or anything, but I’ll check on him if he’s not answering his phone or if he’s out a little too late.
My father has been fishing for many years and is very experienced. He knows the entire bay where he fishes very well and even knows which places are perfect for catching fish. Despite all of this experience, my father still takes extra safety precautions to make sure that he doesn’t get lost when he is on his boat. He knows he wants to be safe when he is out there.
Whenever my father goes out fishing, he makes sure to bring some charts with him to help him navigate. He also has a marine GPS that can tell him exactly where he is at any time. He has these tools because there are times on a boat where just looking at landmarks around you will not be particularly helpful such as when it is foggy or very stormy.
I get lost pretty easily even when I’m just driving around in my own hometown. For whatever reason, my mind doesn’t handle directions very well and I have a lot of trouble telling where I am from a geographic standpoint. This makes hiking trips difficult as well because navigating in the woods is even tougher.
Whenever I go hiking, I make sure to bring along a Garmin eTrex 20 GPS receiver so that it can help me find my way when I’m going on a hike. With the proper GPS device by my side, I never have any issues getting lost. Without it, I imagine I would get lost incredibly quickly.
Have you ever been geocaching? It’s super fun, like a scavenger hunt with electronics, and we’ve done it on a small scale here local to Seattle. We certainly don’t have the wherewithal to geocache all over the world, but there are sometimes local geocache events and waypointing events around here.
When we started geocaching (it seems to be a popular activity among both Boeing and Microsoft employees), we bought a Magellan eXplorist GPS. This is a GPS unit designed specifically for geocaching; it is not intended to – say – get you driving in the right direction for your dinner date.
I have never been all that good at getting directions and finding places that I haven’t been to before. I am frequently lost when it comes to finding just about anything but the most basic landmarks. I hate getting lost more than anything, because it is so frustrating for me when I am late to something or can’t get to where I need to be.
However, I have embraced my failure at finding places and have now purchased a Garmin Nuvi 52LM. This GPS system is perfect for someone who gets lost as easily as I do. I just have to tell it where I want to go. It will tell me exactly what to do every step of the way so I never have to find myself lost in the middle of the city.
One of my friends loves to go geocaching. For a while, he was using his phone as a GPS. The only real problem with this was that the phone’s GPS wasn’t nearly accurate enough. It would get him in the general vicinity, but some caches were not really easy to find using a GPS that was off by so much. Eventually, he realized that he would have to actually buy a nice one.
He decided to purchase a Garmin Etrex 20. It is a good thing that he did. I don’t know any other GPS that could survive the torture this one has had to endure. My friend isn’t exactly careful with it. It has fallen out of trees, into lakes, and even been half buried by dirt in his efforts to retrieve different caches. It might not look as nice as it used to, but it still works.
I can’t see chipping Grandma. I mean, I don’t chip the kids, or even the cat, so why would I subject Grandma to that, even if she does wander off in the middle of the night sometimes? But the last time she wandered, she ended up confused in her nightgown in traffic downtown, so something had to be done. Thank God it was a warm night.
We ended up getting a personal tracking device – one that locks around her wrist rather than being surgically implanted. So whenever Grandma is unsupervised, we lock this around her wrist, and an alarm goes off if she leaves the house with it on. It’s not perfect, but gives her some dignity she wouldn’t have if we locked her up.
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I have a perfectly serviceable camera integrated into my phone, unless I want, you know, *good* pictures. Or video; it’s fine for quick shots of what the kids are doing, but not for the really good stuff. For that I need a proper camera, preferably one compatible with my Windows 7 laptop and it would be nice if it wasn’t a lot bigger than my phone.
And I found it; the GoPro Hero 3. It’s Wi-Fi compatible, I can use it with my laptop or my mom’s Microsoft Surface, and it will even talk to my phone. It’s better than the camera on my phone though, because it is camera-shaped (so I can grip it and hold it steady better than my skinny phone) and of course has amazing resolutions that my phone can’t even conceive of.
The day I started driving on my own, was the day my husband feared. First of all, he really is not comfortable with regards to my driving skills. He does not want me to drive myself anywhere alone. Of course, I don’t listen to him. I started driving myself to work but would often find myself calling him and asking him for directions.
I think my getting lost somewhere and having my car break down is one of the fears that goes through his mind. Since I really have no sense of direction, he equipped my car with a Tomtom Go. This gives me maps of where I am headed and would definitely ease a bit of my husband’s fears with regards to my driving alone.