A New Hobby – A Bright New Dawn
(you would think…wouldn’t you?)
I was given a new toy for Christmas, a Garmin Etrex Vista CX. Not that I really needed one, but I reckoned J felt that the insurance company would be more likely to shelve out if I had all possible safety gear with me.
All I had to do now was get it to work.
Since I have to dog walk even though I’m not off on a trip to the wilds, I thought I may as well do something creative…and geocaching sprang to mind. Could be fun a wee bit of a treasure hunt and see things I wouldn’t normally have bothered about. I checked out the main site and found a couple of local caches.
I was impressed that I managed to download the coordinates into my GPS without too much difficulty other than, I suppose, having to update the Garmin drivers because the software they supplied was so out of date it didn’t work with Windows Vista.
All that was left to do was head the 5 minutes down the road in the car to Plean Country Park and let the quest begin…
So why didn’t we find the cache?
Well…I was within, I would say, about 3m of the cache when I found the GPS a bit vague. One minute it was 3m one way…2 steps further on it was 6m in a totally different direction. Not being used to the vagaries of my little box of tricks I decided to check out the clue that went with the cache (left at home 😳 ) to make it easier to find…then once I’ve found the cache check the co-ords to see if it was me or the machine. Suppose I could have triangulated it from a series of points…but that just seemed like a little too much like hard work :D.
Certainly added a bit of spice to the normal dog walking plod! We will return – ain’t no way a small tupperware box is gonna beat me!