Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Hobby

GPop is directionally impaired. We've recently been going to some classes, and when we drive together, and he wants to drive, I have to navigate to get him there in a reasonable time. We've now explored several ways of getting to the Children Services building.

For Christmas, we decided not to get each other individual gifts. Instead, we bought a family GPS. We got the Garmin nĂ¼vi 205W. It is a fairly basic model, but it does have support for geocaching. We've already gone out and found a couple that are very close to where we live. We may have a new family hobby.

7 comments:

Bill said...

The nice thing about getting lost is seeing new sights. It is easier to enjoy these new places & things when you are on the way home rather than on the way to.
Perhaps you could work out a deal with GPop so that you drive to the appointments, and he drives home.

M.E. Again said...

Geocaching is a lot of fun, as long as you stay far away from obsessed geocachers - and remember that the rules are arbitrary and the game doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. Some think finding a geocache at the end of a great hike is icing on the cake, and some think that if you can't knock out 20 or more it's a bad day. Some think that trading trinkets and moving travelbugs is where it's at, and some just sign the logs and ignore everything else.
I think we have a scunch over 300 finds in three years. My DH's obsession is finding at least one every time we travel someplace new. ~we're Gorgon9380

GDad said...

M. E. Again,

Welcome. I agree that the rules do seem to be pretty arbitrary. We picked up a bag of googly eyes at the local dollar store. Son is mad that we didn't find a couple of the caches we were seeking. I think a nice sunny afternoon would be a great afternoon for a couple of caches. If I mix it with motorcycling, then my summer weekend afternoons are set.

Jen said...

My son needs one of those. He has no idea where due north or any other direction including left and right might be. This might be due to the fact that he rarely sees sunlight or starlight. He gets his drivers license in 6 weeks and I am afraid I might lose him.

GDad said...

Some cell providers let you activate a feature on some phones so you can track the whereabouts of the phone. If you have an opportunity to do that, you can a) keep track of your son, and b) not let him use a GPS as a crutch.

Dave said...

I had opportunity to use one of these recently on a rental. The most interesting about them address Bill's desire to see new things by getting lost - I'm the same way. The GPS allows one to stumble around anywhere, then, when you do have to get home ... recalculating ... and you're there. I can't wait to get one.

GDad said...

Another possibility will be start driving and roll a die at each intersection to see which way to go. After 20 (or 50) rolls of the die, have the GPS take you home.