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New year, new changes.

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Now before anyone thinks “Oh man, another one that’s making resolutions to do things they’ll never go through with”, let me say, I DO NOT make New Years resolutions.  Well, not since about 10-12 yrs ago when I made my last one which was to never make another one.  I’ve done very well so far with that haha
I am however hoping to do some things differently this year, things I’ve not really done in the past and that’s to try and use a paper journal.  I’d like to try and use this journal that arrived today to make various notes and maybe some sketches in (I’m totally crap at drawing so I have no idea how that’s going to go).  Mostly, the book will contain bushcrafty type stuff I expect.   Only time will tell how I get on with that.  It’s a real leather daily use travellers notebook.
Another item I bought today is more for curiosity than me trying to use it as a motivational tool, and that’s the Hi-Tec Trek Plus activity tracker.   Why not something like the Fitbit?  I don’t know.  They seem the rage I suppose, but the ones with heart rate monitor seem to be more then I’m willing to spend just for casual information.  If I was planning to make a serious commitment to health and all that, maybe the investment might be considered differently.   Anyhow, this one was cheap enough from Go Outdoors and it was a bit of an impulse haha
Keeping with the outdoor theme that I have planned for 2016 I’ve also upgraded my hand held GPS to something more modern but without breaking the bank.  Some of the ones out there are kinda mind blowing, but then so are the price tags attached to them as well.   I decided to keep it a bit simpler and went for the Garmin eTrex 20x.  I wanted something to use for hikes and geocaching that didn’t rely on my phone.  Why?  Well, mobile phones don’t last long when you’re using it for live GPS purposes outdoors and they’re actually more fiddly as they turn off, touch the screen and stuff happens, apps close, etc.  I love my phone and it does really well, however, it’s just more headache then it’s worth when doing outdoor activities.  Then there is just the risk of damage if you drop it or whatever.  The eTrex is rugged, waterproof and has just one job to do.
Well, that’s all for this update.  I will be doing some follow up posts on the progress I make with items mentioned.  Give it a few months and I’ll see how I go.
Thanks for stopping by and checking out the update.

Tags: GPS, Outdoors, Geocache, Nature, Notebook
January 02, 2016 at 06:31PM