Re: [NUTS] Newbie Questions about Handheld GPS Units
- Thanks to all who gave me answers to my questions.
I am signed up with geocaching.com. They provide a lot of information
there. I am still trying to digest what I've read.
I've enjoyed this sport so far, even though we've gotten skunked a
few times (due to the lack of a GPS unit - no doubt). But, it is a
great way to get out of the house and get the kids busy doing
something (and me too!).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Escapades <escapades4cache@y...> wrote:
> Please don't slap yourself in the head! You obviously aren't
ignorant or you wouldn't be willing to get involved in this simple,
complex, puzzling, satisfying, entertaining, frustrating, and all
around addictive hobby/sport!
> This has been a great hobby for our family. It gets our 9-year-old
away from the TV, video games, etc. and into the great outdoors. She
is learning a lot of history, geography, computer skills, problem-
solving and also exploring some absolutely beautiful places.
> We began Geocaching when my brother was showing us his GPSr at a
family picnic. He said "I think there is one not to far from here..."
and that was all it took. We were at Costco and they had a Magellen
SporTrak Pro set and we decided to buy it. It was a $300 investiment
which seemed like a lot so we were sure hoping that we stayed
enthusiastic about this thing.
> Two years later.....we still have that same GPSr which our 9-year-
old now uses (she broke off from our family group and now has her own
Geocaching name) and we now have a Magellan Explorist 600 that we are
still learning how to use.
> Our son has a Garmin Etrex (aka Old Yeller) that we purchased for
him at Target at $90.00 and it gets the job done as well.
> Downloading coordinates for the caches directly from the computer
is great, however, hand entering the coordinates works just as well.
Some people don't even enter coordinates at all (Rock and Crystal can
tell you about that!) and manage extremely well. No matter what you
decide to do and how you decide to do it, there is someone else here
in this group that is doing something similar and will be able to
help you out.
> Welcome aboard!
> svbrosa <electra_eos@y...> wrote:
> Questions: When you buy a GPS unit, do you need to subscribe to
> kind of service for it to work? Do you need to buy software? What
> function does software serve?
> Okay. You can laugh all you want at this one. I know that someday
> look back on this and slap myself in the forehead for being so
> incredibly ignorant.
> I am VERY new to Geocaching. Actually, I only learned of its
> last Friday night. It intrigued me so much that I went out and made
> first find this past weekend. My youngest child is so into this
> that she talks of nothing else. I should correct myself and say
> SHE made the first find, I was yards behind her when she found it.
> But, we don't have a GPS unit - which makes this activity fairly
> difficult. And, having no clue about the GPS units - I thought I'd
> Be gentle, oh kind people, I have a sensitive soul.
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