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Catron County, New Mexico has about 400 miles of paved road, and we're planning to walk every mile of it ... eventually ...

Friday, May 13, 2005

GPS mishap

Yesterday we walked 3 miles on a dirt track connecting Hwy 12 to Hwy 32 - very nice little hike. No cars, no hot pavement, the dogs ran free and a good time was had by all. Doesn't count toward the goal, but oh well. I'm just posting today because I'm adding a link to a cool site I just found out about, http://www.sandiahiking.com/. The site belongs to a guy named Coltrin, and in it he descibes hiking all the trails in the Sandias over the course of a year - I found out about it by reading a review of the book he just had published, called Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide, in Albuquerque's weekly alternative newspaper, the alibi. (www.alibi.com) If I lived in Albuquerque, I'd definitely want to hike all those trails.

One of the neat features of the website are the 350 GPS waypoints that Coltrin has recorded on the trails.

Sad story about experiment with GPS. I bought my husband a Garmin GPS dealie for his birthday last year, and noticed it a while ago, still in the box - he hadn't had a chance to play with it at all. So I borrowed it. I thought it would be very cool to be able to add GPS info, and altitude changes, and to be very exact about mileage covered, for the blog.

The first time you use it, you have to leave it out in the open under the sky for 15-20 minutes, so it can do little mental calculations and triangulations and figure out exactly where it is. I left it on the roof of the car - didn't want the animals to munch it. Forgot about it, drove off, and the poor thing bounced off the roof of the car onto the asphalt at about 35 mph. It didn't survive the experience.

I ordered an identical replacement from Amazon.com, but three weeks later they tell me they just can't find it anywhere. I'm still searching the web, but I have a feeling this particular model is no longer available - so I'm going to have to get a different one, and tell my husband what an airhead I was. My horoscope has been saying things along the lines of "material things are slipping from your grasp." First the GPS, and last night an entire glass bowl of freshly made high-fiber no-cal chocolate guar gum pudding. What next?

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