After Simon left this morning to go back to the floathouse, I hit the MC trail with Abby, my camera and the new GPS. I was thrilled to see how intuitive it was. Yes, I pushed all available buttons but found that tracks and view map worked brilliantly. Marking waypoints – all good and well.
Then, this afternoon, I took it out again to Hemer Park, trying for routes. Well, after hitting a starting waypoint 7 times and making a huge purple blotch on the map, I went back to tracks, only to discover that the GPS thought I was still on the morning’s track. That made for an interesting route. In my defense, it did record the map – it’s just that it thought I’d been walking all the way to Hemer from the Nanaimo River.
Soooo – I got home, read (skimmed) the instructions – sort of made sense – then deleted every single track and route. A fresh start seemed like a fine idea.
Then, thanks to advice from TAHVI members (especially Chris), I downloaded Garmin Basecamp – which then allowed me to download GPX files on the TAHVI site. That part I figured out right away. I now have one stored file and have figured out (more or less) what to do with future tracks and routes.
Hiking with Julie and/or others tomorrow, so should, with any luck, be able to create a comprehensive GPX file of the Westwood Ridges.
What all of this really means is that I got very little done today, other than a few loads of laundry. Must still do nails, strum guitar and write. Sheesh!
Where on earth does the time go?
On the other hand, I’m learning and having fun! Yay!